To The Daily Sun,
In last Saturday’s edition of The Laconia Daily Sun, Rep. Mike Sylvia claims that the $135,000 deficiency in the county budget for the county’s share of the cost of private nursing home residents doesn’t merit any action. After all, he claims, it’s only .005 percent of the total budget and finding it in the huge budget of the county shouldn’t be any harder than finding the cost of replacing a blown tire in your personal budget.
Well, maybe .005 percent doesn’t sound like much to Rep. Sylvia, but where I come from $135,000 is a lot of money! That’s particularly true when it’s $135,000 you’re required to pay by law! Rep. Sylvia and the other self-appointed experts on government financing then claim that the county commissioners can just move the money from somewhere else. Not so fast. The selfsame individuals who make that claim are the ones who limited transfers to between items in the same budget subdivision. That’s going to be hard in this case because the ONLY item in this budget subdivision, 014441, is the one that’s $135,000 short!
This nonsense is getting out of hand. The citizens of Belknap County deserve better.
Rep. David O. Huot
Belknap District 3
- Written by Edward Engler
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