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Trustees Announce Community Scholarships Application Process Now Open to All Qualified City Residents, Due March 15

February 28, 2024

Scholarship application season is now underway. The City of Portsmouth Trustees of the Trust Funds, administrator of the funding for many scholarships, remind residents the application deadline is March 15, 2024. While many of the scholarships are awarded only to graduating Portsmouth High School seniors, some (including the five Portsmouth Community Scholarships) are open to any Portsmouth resident who is a graduating senior.


City Council Increases Income Limits for Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Exemptions. Deadline is April 15, 2024

February 27, 2024

The Portsmouth City Council recently voted to increase the income limits for both the elderly and disabled property tax exemptions. Income limits for both exemptions will increase from $50,137 to $54,000 for single taxpayers and from $68,598 to $70,793 for married couples. Total assets for both exemptions will remain at $500,000 whether single or married.


City Council and Planning Board Hear Portsmouth Listens Community "Places to Live" Report

February 23, 2024

The City of Portsmouth has engaged Portsmouth Listens to facilitate a series of community participation events about Places to Live in the City. This effort is to listen to and inform the community about housing concerns. Events will be held in January and February 2024 to discuss existing places to live, challenges in accessing them, ways to create more, and the impacts of doing so.


DPW Water Division Seeks Customer Assistance to Identify Material in Private Water Lines

February 6, 2024

In November 2023, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a Lead and Copper Rule Improvement requirement that all water suppliers complete an inventory of the material in all water service lines – the pipes that deliver drinking water from the public water mains into abutting properties. The City of Portsmouth Water Division will visually inspect water service lines where they enter residential and commercial buildings to determine the material type.


Recreation Department Invites the Public to Create Valentine Hearts for the Annual “Tree of Love” in Market Square

January 23, 2024

The City has "left the lights on" the holiday tree in Market Square and, with Valentine’s Day approaching on February 14, is inviting the public to help transform it into the "Tree of Love."

From toddlers to seniors, the Portsmouth Recreation Department welcomes all who would like to participate. Residents, visitors, and members of the business community can make or color a heart – creativity is the name of the game!


Public Art Review Committee Invites Public to Peirce Island Public Art Installation Community Engagement Sessions

January 17, 2024

The City of Portsmouth Public Art Review Committee (PARC) will hold three community engagement sessions to discuss the future signature work of art for Peirce Island that will be funded through the City’s Percent-for-Art program.

The public is invited to learn about the PARC, the history of Peirce Island and the planning process for the Peirce Island Art Project and proposed location. PARC is seeking input from the community on suggested art themes, and ideas at the following sessions: