The City of Lebanon provides a wide range of services to residents, businesses and visitors including law enforcement, fire prevention, suppression and emergency medical services, infrastructure maintenance, solid waste disposal, water treatment and distribution, sewage collection and disposal, commercial and general aviation airport facilities and numerous recreation and library programs.
The City is the commercial, social service and medical hub for the Lebanon NH-VT Micropolitan Statistical Area, an economically integrated region of 25 contiguous towns that spans four counties in two states. With a population base of about 13,500, the City's day-time population has been estimated at 30,000 to 35,000. That role comes with a cost as demand for core and other services remains high; development pressure continues and with that budgetary implications for infrastructure maintenance and public safety.
Municipalities face unabated inflationary pressures affecting everything from the cost of labor and materials to contractual services, capital equipment and vehicles. Having only limited home rule (form of government), New Hampshire municipalities lack meaningful non-property tax revenue options; property taxes remain paramount whether or not a fair measure of wealth and ability to pay.