To the Daily Sun,
In Gilford, both the town and school currently have five layers of budgetary review:
1. Department heads
2. Town Administrator/School Superintendent
3. Board of Selectmen/School Board
4. Budget Committee
5. Townspeople at Deliberative Session
Article 30 seeks to remove the most time-consuming and ineffective layer, by disbanding the Budget Committee.
— Over the past six years, the Budget Committee reviewed a total of $221 million dollars in budgets (town and school combined).
— In that time, the committee reduced budgets by less than 2/10ths of a percent, or roughly $2 per year on a $200,000 home.
— To get that drop in the bucket, the committee itself spends 300+ person-hours every year. They require department heads and management in the town and school to spend dozens of additional hours each, going over their financials with budget subcommittees, then meeting with the full committee.
For accountability's sake, there are two groups of elected officials reviewing the budgets: The Board of Selectmen and the School Board. Let them do their jobs, and if you don't like how they do their jobs, vote them out. In the meantime, let's get the time-wasting, ineffectual Budget Committee out of the way. Vote "YES" on 30.
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