By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — After an outcry at proposed cuts, the Belknap County Convention members have restored some funding to outside agencies which a subcomittee had recommended cutting, along with reducing the overall proposed budget on Tuesday.
The Belknap County Economic Development Committee, whose $75,000 request had been cut to zero by the subcommittee, saw $60,000 of its request restored.
Genesis Behavioral Health, which had also been zeroed out, saw $30,000 of its $34,200 request restored.
UNH Cooperative Extension Service, which had requested $152,217 and had been cut to $116,703, was funded at $145,000.
The Belknap County Conservation District, which had requested $92,400 and was cut to $49,160, was funded at $80,000.
The Community Action program, which had requested $86,905 and had been cut to $54,905 was funded at $60,000.
Greater Lakes Region Child Advocacy saw its $11,000 request cut by 5 percent to $10,450.
Court Appointed Special Advocates, whose $5,000 request had been denied, was placed in the budget as a $1 line item.
County Commissioners proposed a $27,235,571 budget which the convention reduced to $27,109,620 earlier this week. The convention also reduced the amount to be raised by taxes from $13,837,714 in the commission's proposed budget to $12,956,223 by voting to increase the amount of the fund balance used to reduce taxes from the $1,775,397 proposed by the commission to $2,380,000.
The convention also increased the anticipated revenue line for the Belknap County Home by $150,000 when it met Tuesday night.
The Belknap County Convention will hold a public hearing on the 2016 budget on Monday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Belknap County complex.