There are many small towns within half an hour of Keene that have lower taxes. Chesterfield, Marlow, Dublin, Swanzey, Surry, Gilsum, Hinsdale are all desirable and close enough to come to Keene to eat, go to the theatre, gallery or movie. The schools are all extremely good. Use the site..www.ci.keene.nh.us to get all the info on our nice towns. Hope this helps.