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Last school year, Gilmanton overbudgeted by whopping 9%

To The Daily Sun,

Everyone in Gilmanton is excited about taxes going down. But imagine what would happen if our School Board was fiscally responsible
instead of over-budgeting by $900,000.
The past couple of years the excess amount was 5 percent of the school budget and this year, 9 percent of the total budget. The upcoming proposed budget has increased approximately $108,000 over last year even after having an excess of $900,000. This is at a time when the town is struggling to maintain its budgets without any cut in services.

Each year at this time the school administration tries to spin the facts by bragging about returning the money when, in fact, they are legally
obligated to do so. What they don't mention is that the taxpayers have already allocated and paid this money in good faith. This way of doing
business is a disservice to the taxpayers of Gilmanton.

The school board and administration will be presenting their budget to the Budget Committee on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. at the
Academy Building. The Public Hearing on the budget will be held on Wednesday Jan. 15.. There will also be a Public Hearing on two petition
warrant articles regarding the school budget. Please plan to attend these important meetings even though you will not find them posted on the
school website.

It's your money!

Joanne Gianni
Gilmanton Iron Works

 
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