There’s been some social media buzz about Mayor Jim Donchess receiving the green light for a used Nissan Leaf to get around the Gate City. Most people around here aren’t afraid to let loose with opinions online.


The Board of Aldermen recently OK’d the funds for the mayor’s “new” ride. This would be a first regarding an electric vehicle for the city.

Donchess has always been environmentally conscious. Back in September, the mayor announced the addition of an electric car charging station in the Elm Street Parking Garage.

“We’re encouraging people to drive electric,” Donchess said. “Anyone with electric vehicles should come down here and park.”

And that’s exactly where the city leader will be charging his modern mode of transportation.

“We’re trying to reduce the city’s carbon footprint — help with the carbon in the atmosphere and help with climate change — and this is one thing we can do to do that,” Donchess remarked last September.

I’m sure most taxpayers don’t mind (I don’t), but some aren’t thrilled about the mayor’s designated city vehicle, especially after opening the envelopes that contained their property tax bills. (And by the way, those checks made out to the treasurer’s office are due Dec. 17.)

Nashua’s property tax rate rose about 2.6% to $21.76 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The city’s previous tax rate was $21.21 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Not a big deal? You’re right, but it still adds up. No one likes seeing the increase, and some are wondering what their tax dollars are going to.

Two of my neighbors expressed their dissatisfaction in recent neighborhood postings, including one who wondered why Donchess didn’t drive his own car.

Meanwhile, Manchester Mayor Joyce Crag is tooling around the Queen City in her personal minivan — a 2011 Honda Odyssey.

It could be worse. According to an item in the New York Post, Mayor Bill de Blasio is now scrambling to slash the city’s bloated, official car fleet.

“There are 3,411 city employees currently assigned government cars, SUVs and other vehicles for use 24/7.”

Free “gas,” free tolls. A nice perk if you can get it.

Ms. Stylianos is a Nashua native. Her column is published weekly. She can be reached at