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County commissioners cannot spend money not appropriated

To The Daily Sun,

During the organizational assembly, the newly elected Belknap County Delegation chair, held a public hearing and then expected the public to comment having only hours to absorb all the individual line item that comprises the grant total annual budget. What continues to be problematic are county notices do not meet the law.

The notices that must be published in the newspaper cannot be in The Daily Sun. The Sun's circulation does not include the Town of Barnstead, which disenfranchises the taxpayers, citizens and voters of Barnstead. This is coupled with the ongoing failure to comply with the seven-day notice requirement. Moreover, the delegation did not mail or deliver to the chairperson of the board of selectmen in each town and the mayor of each city within the county and to the secretary of state prior to Dec. 1, 2016, the annual itemized recommendations of the sums necessary to be raise for the county for FY 2017, Jan. 1, to Dec. 31. (RSA 24:21-a)

Furthermore, while visiting the Secretary of State's Office, I reviewed the Belknap County "Board of Commissioners," cover letters listing the commission's recommended $28,034,331 buget, an amount agreed to after the brouhaha during which the commissioner's appointed attorney, suggested the commission could submit three different proposed budgets if it wanted to. This was reported in The Daily Sun.

The date on the letter to the Secretary of State's office is Dec. 2 and it was received  Dec. 5, once again missing the deadline, which clearly defaulted. This question is now in the hands of the secretary of state.

 What are most alarming is the FY 2015 and 2016 county commissioners encumbered/spent funds from Jan. 1, 2015 to the date in March when the delegation voted its grand total annual budget for FY 2015. The commission continued this practice from Jan. 1, 2016, to the date in March pending the delegation vote of the grand total annual budget for FY 2016.

Clearly, in the absence of FY 2015 and FY 2016 budgets, which were approved by the delegation in March of these fiscal years, all expenditures by commissioners incurred in the absence of the grand total annual appropriation are violations of RSA 24:15, I -Exceeding Appropriations ("No county commissioner, or elected or appointed county officer, shall pay, or agree to pay, or incur any liability for the payment of, any sum of money for which the county convention has made no appropriation."

What must immediately be addressed by the newly organized delegation (2017-18) is how the newly elected county commissioners will comply with all applicable laws, from Jan. 1 to the date of this delegation's FY 2017 annual budget is resolved.

Neither habitude nor ignorance in the law is any excuse for Belknap County appointed or elected official to violate the law. The greater question is who would dare enforce these laws?
Thomas A. Tardif

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Hillary Clinton lost because she believed it was all about her

To The Daily Sun,

Well well, James Veverka is off again on plasma generation (plasma gasification); have it your own way, James, and tell yourself there is no waste, pollution, impact on the environment with solar panels and windmills. I'm off to other topics; no sense arguing with a closed mind.

Putin meddled in the election. Holy smoke! Who would ever do such a thing? Oh, that's right, Obama and the liberals trying to affect the results in Israel a couple years back. Classic pot calling the pan black. Give credit where credit is due. Putin was looking after what was best for his country. Too bad Obama never cared to do that for us while Hillary was too busy making her foundation rich to give a hoot what we the people were enduring and would continue to endure if she had won. So thank you Mr. Putin.

Related thought: Clinton lost because to her it was all about her. Americans were and are sick of the corruption and self-serving professional politicians in Washington and liberal Democrats have been epitomizing them. Liberals seem to believe trashing Trump in the media will gain them some power. Don't think so. Trump doesn't play by the "media's rules," and people don't care what the media is saying because they know they can't trust most of it. People will respond to results.

If Trump is successful people will again vote for Republicans in 2018 and 2020. If he is not they won't. If Democrats, (23 vulnerable in the Senate in 2018) do things that delay economic recovery of working people many of those will not get re-elected.

Trump will put constitutional judges on the Supreme Court and in federal courts. He will build the wall, restore our military, cut taxes, and put us on the fast track to energy independence and there will be nothing Democrats can do about it because even most Democrats want the positive results these things will create.

Here in New Hampshire the pressure to reform our voting laws to restrict out-of-state students from voting in our elections is gaining support because it just makes sense. Only New Hampshire citizens should vote in New Hampshire. Out-of-state students should vote in there own states where there interests are not here. How such a law, if it had been in effect before this election, may have affected results is pure speculation. But it is a measure that is long overdue on common sense alone. Has to make you ask why do progressives object so strongly to practical and common sense proposals?

The argument most often heard is it's an attempt to keep people from voting and that just doesn't hold water. Early voting and absentee ballots are easily accessed in all states. Let's stop the foolishness and get this passed.

Steve Earle


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