Derry OKs town budget, cuts tax rate
Councilors voted 6-1 to approve the $36,547,738 budget for town services. Councilor Al Dimmock cast the lone dissenting vote.
Before the vote was taken, Dimmock proposed a motion calling for the Taylor Library line item to be reviewed before accepting the budget. Councilors had agreed in a prior vote not to “zero out” the $187,189 item.
“I want to keep the Taylor Library funded at its full funding right now,” Cardon said.
The council agreed to $392,660 in cuts from the budget for such items as personnel costs, removal of the community development coordinator position at $112,000 per year and a number of capital improvement items, according to administrators.
Acting Administrator Larry Budreau and Chief Financial Officer Frank Childs had warned that such a reduction could have dire financial consequences for the town.
But Osborne said he’d heard a similar discussion last year at budget time about gloomy financial scenarios if certain cuts were made. Things still seemed to work out well with the current budget, he said.
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