To The Daily Sun,
In early July I left my position as the town administrator for the town Gilmanton. Since leaving, many accusations have been leveled against me. Most, if not all of them, have been inaccurate or misrepresented by the current town administrator.
I was accused of having the current town administrator sign a contract which the current Board of Selectmen has chosen to void, claiming a lack of funds in the budget line. This is an inaccurate statement, as the selectmen can and do move funds at their discretion from other places within the budget.
To my knowledge, the town has received reimbursement from the insurance company for the $2,000 I received for managing the rebuilding of the Academy after the flood.
I have been accused of illegally receiving administrator e-mails after I had left Gilmanton. I am the one who alerted the new town administrator of this error, not the other way around, as he claimed. I still have the e-mails that were exchanged with him.
There have been many inaccurate statements made regarding issues within the Selectmen's Office. Apparently it is easier for the new town administrator to place blame, rather than taking ownership of his own mistakes.
In the article dated Nov. 24, it was stated that one of the reasons for such a huge tax increase in Gilmanton was because "I may have under-estimated the (2015) revenue." I have no way of knowing if this statement is true as I do not have all the numbers available to make a determination. What I do know is that the new town administrator apparently did not do his due diligence in comparing last year's revenues to current year's revenues. Had he done so, the discrepancy in revenues would have been immediately realized and the proper adjustments would have saved the Gilmanton taxpayers on their tax bills. The proper procedure would have been to verify the revenue figures before allowing a new tax rate to be set. An experienced town administrator would have done this. However, the current town administrator failed to do so.
At some point, the executive office will need to stop blaming past employees for current mistakes and take ownership. This year the large tax increase cannot be blamed only on the school. This year the town tax rate went up $1.41 per $1,000 which represents a 34 percent increase on the town (municipal) side alone.
The very sad part of this is that an increase of this magnitude could have been avoided had the revenue been verified by the current town administrator. In my opinion the town administrator should also have advised the Board of Selectmen to use a portion of the undesignated fund balance to lower the tax rate, but he neglected to do so.
Former Gilmanton Town Administrator
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