Home » News » Politics » Town Meetings
Newport's proposed town budget up less than 1 percent
The budget approved by selectmen Monday night is $8,700,119, which is an increase of less than 1 percent over the current budget.
The budget and warrant are to be discussed and possibly amended at the April 2 deliberative session. The town meeting is set for May 14.
"It's a very lean budget and our department heads will have to be very cautious in their spending," Brown said.
To keep the budget trim this year in the face of rising health insurance and retirement costs for employees, staffing was adjusted, Brown said.
One town hall position was eliminated, another town position was reorganized and yet another position had hours reduced.
If the budget is approved, the changes take effect along with the budget July 1.
Three separate warrant articles would increase the budget to $9,193,331, including an article asking to spend $161,212 for the purchase of an ambulance.
The article includes a $78,000 bond that requires a 60-percent majority to pass. Of that amount, $56,000 would be funded through grants and donations, and the remaining $26,000 would be funded through current taxation.
Another article asks to raise $250,000 through taxes for road maintenance, and the third is a request to spend $82,000 from an existing capital reserve fund for town hall repairs and maintenance.
Another article placed on the ballot by selectmen would rescind the 2007 town meeting vote for official ballot voting.
"I just think people would like to go back to the town meeting format to really get the consensus of the meeting of the minds that people get at the meeting," Brown said.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Another View - Charles Lane: Obama's wedge issue is the seductive lure of golf - 2
- Jonah Goldberg: If the Islamic State is not evil, then what is? - 4
- George Will: Will we build the Navy we need? - 1
- Betsy McCaughey: Congress should take the lead on Iraq - 2
- Another View - Rick Santorum: When Israel needs our help, we have to be there - 0
- Thomas Sowell: Liberal urban police policies won't quell riots - 0
- Another View -- Frank Guinta: I am uniquely qualified to represent NH in Congress - 12
- Deroy Murdock: The indictment of Rick Perry is bizarre and unfounded - 0
- Another View - Marc Champion: A strong terror policy would cure Obama's golf woes - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Goffstown's Bourque impresses; Memorial, Bishop Guertin, Pinkerton win in Queen City Jamboree - 0
- Hanover boys soccer edges defense-minded BG - 0
- NH Fisher Cats, Pierre stun Rock Cats in 4-3 win - 0
- Helping hands for new St. Anselm students in Manchester on move in day - 0
- To market, to market: Market Basket shoppers flock on in - 0
- Nashua Market Basket employee: 'Worth every day of work lost' - 0
- NH teen killers to get sentence reviews after state Supreme Court decision - 0
- Manchester raid came 8 months after home invasion - 0
- NH killer in 1991 Smart trial seeks time with wife - 0
Where is Shaheen? Hiding from you
Enter to win tickets to see Paula Poundstone
Hooksett highs: A good multiple choice test