Convention chair says commission has spent from 27 accounts that had zero budgeted

LACONIA — The Belknap County Convention huddled with the attorney they hired to represent them in their dispute with the Belknap County Commission over the authority of the two bodies concerning management of the county budget late yesterday afternoon at the Belknap County complex.
The closed-door session with attorney David Horan lasted nearly a half hour.
The convention hired Horan, a former assistant county attorney in Hillsborough County, by a 9-7 vote on April 17 after several months of wrangling with the commission over who has authority over line item expenditures.
The discussion with the attorney came after the convention's Executive Committee met to hear requests from the commissioners for line item budget transfers.
None of the commission members were present for that meeting but Belknap County Administrator Debra Shackett said that there were no requests for transfers made.
Belknap County Convention Chairman Colette Worsman (R-Meredith) said during the Executive Committee meeting that there were 27 accounts for which the convention budget included no funds that the commission has spent money from.
She said that she had counted ''a total of 91 items which they have moved'' and that seven departments have fund totals different from what the convention voted.
Executive Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Tilton (R-Laconia) said that funds ''cannot be moved without our authority and that the county treasurer cannot sign checks without our authority.''
The commission has also consulted with an attorney and have maintained that they have authority over transferring budget space between accounts within broad categories and are acting within their authority.