Candia board member faults spending for police
At $666,313, the proposed police department budget would be an increase of about $12,000 over the current operating budget.
McGillen also said that the $12,000 added to the police budget for a new cruiser was an important move because despite the addition of two vehicles over the last two years, the department's fleet is aging.
Soares said that she often feels like the lone voice on the board trying to find ways to bring the budget down. She said she thinks the budget should be decreasing, not increasing.
Soares said she would also like to explore the possibility of cutting town employee health insurance.
"I know we offer insurance to our employees, and we don't have to, but we do, and that is about $75,000 we could cut out of our budget if we had to if it's not economically viable to offer that to employees if cost keeps going up. I'm sure I'll be a hated person for saying these things, but that's OK. I have spoken to enough people to know they are not happy with how their money is spent by the town," Soares said.
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