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How can so many departmetns be up & total budget be down?

To The Daily Sun,

At first glance the proposed Sanbornton town operating budget for FY 2017 looks impressive. Total expenditures are expected to be down $170,825. But look closer and something does not add up because almost every department has a cost increase: i.e.: Highway, 9 percent; Recreation, 5 percent; Fire, 4 percent; General Government, 3 percent, etc.

How can so many department expenses be up and total expenditures be down from last year? One reason lies in the debt service account. The Y-Project highway bonds were paid off in 2015, saving Sanbornton $142,316 in principal and interest. Rather than setting the savings aside for the upcoming Lower Bay Road rebuilding project, the money was used to fund department increases. So the true cost of the FY 2017 budget will not become obvious until Sanbornton has to float a larger bond issue along with a tax increase when the Lower Bay construction begins.

To be sure there are justifiable increases. A 9 percent increase in the chronically underfunded Highway Department seems warranted to me. But with Sanbornton's sluggish growth and a low inflation rate other increases do not. This year's 2 percent employee wage increase in addition to last year's 1.5 percent  seems excessive, as does a 7 percent raise for the fire chief, a 5 percent raise in library expenses, and a $900 raise for the tax collector after last year's 12.5 percent increase.

Disagree? Make your voice heard at the Town Meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9, in the Sanbornton Central School.

Roger Grey
Sanbornton

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Tim Land has served Sanbornton on the Winnisquam board very well

To The Daily Sun,

It is with great pride I endorse Tim Lang again for the position he has held on the Winnisquam Regional School District School Board for the past six years.

I have worked with Tim in my capacity as a member of the District Budget Committee, in business and as a personal friend. He is a man of high character and morals. His commitment to our district has always been to improve the education of our children and to find ways to do it more efficiently.

There have been some challenging issues that have come before the board where he has worked with the other members to find common ground and do what is in the best interest of the district. There will be more challenges in the months and years ahead and I hope Tim Lang is there working for us on the School Board.

Tim is also not shy about his positions on issues. He is committed to his principles, but takes every issue with an open mind and listens to all sides before making his mind up. Once his mind is made up, he becomes a fierce advocate for it and works with others to make it happen. This is true in Tim's personal as well as professional lives.

He has served Sanbornton well and I encourage you to support him for another term. Vote Tim Lang for School Board.

Keith D. Murray

Northfield

 

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