Derry councilors cut $235,000 from budget for tax relief
“We need to listen to the residents of this community,” said Councilor David Fischer, who proposed the motion. “There are people on fixed incomes, people who are unemployed. And I’ve heard repeatedly at the microphone — again and again and again — the interest in reducing the tax rate.”
The town has made personnel cuts in recent years and administrators have worked diligently to keep costs down, they said.
Budreau said the outstanding contracts include five bargaining units and about 150 employees. Many of these workers haven’t received a raise since 2010 and the proposed increase in salary and benefits represents less than a 1 percent increase in the cost for the town, Budreau said.
In addition, the town at some point in the coming months might incur another $112,000 in costs to hire a community development coordinator, he said.
“Then there’s virtually nothing left for just general cost increases — cost of fuel, cost of equipment or whatever,” Childs said.
But Council Chairman Mark Osborne said he felt like he’d heard a similar discussion last year at budget time about possible gloomy financial scenarios if certain cuts were made. But things still seemed to work out well with the current budget, he added.
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