Weare budget games
March 08. 2018 8:32PM
To the Editor: Weare voters: default budget or proposed budget? Not much difference this year as in past years. Just $77,000 with a budget of $6M — roughly a 1.2 percent difference. That really isn’t much of a choice.
The default budget allows the town to continue business as usual. There won’t be any reduction in services or staff, because there is enough money in this default budget to comfortably ensure both. That includes a 18 percent ($14,000) and 7 percent ($6,000) salary increases for the town administrator and police chief, respectively. When the selectmen were told by the court it was illegal to put those contract increases in the default budget unless town meeting had previously approved them (and that hadn’t happened,) they turned around and reopened the default budget. They then added higher amounts to several lines even though they know those items will cost less next year. The amount they put back into the default budget is the same amount the court had them take out. I see this as disrespect for us, the voters.
There is no reason to support the proposed budget since the default budget gives the selectmen everything and more they need to run our town.