To The Daily Sun,
It's critically important for people to know that the recent letter to The Daily Sun submitted by Harry Bean regarding the Article 8 Citizen Petition is misleading and inaccurate. At the end of his article, Mr. Bean indicated that he believes that the Budget Committee should prepare the default budget. He stated that both the budget and default budget are created by the School Board. This is not the case.
This is misleading because it is the function – by state statute (RSA 32:5) – for the Municipal Budget Committee to review the School Board's proposed budget and to make revisions to the budget if they feel that they are necessary. After this review by the Budget Committee has been completed, it is the Budget Committee's revised budget – not the School Board's proposed budget – that gets placed on the warrant for the taxpayers to vote on. The School Board simply proposes a budget to the Budget Committee. Again, it is the Budget Committee's budget that gets placed on the warrant.
If the Budget Committee's warrant article is not approved by the voters, then the default budget, presented by the School Board, becomes the budget for the next school year. This is how each group – the Budget Committee and the School Board—has an equal role in a fair process.
If both the proposed budget and the default budget were to be developed by a single entity, the system of checks and balances would be removed for the Gilford voters. It is for this reason that I recommend we do not change the current structure. If warrant Article #8 is approved, then the Budget Committee alone will determine what the proposed budget number and the default budget number will be on the warrant article for the school district. This would not be a fair and equal process. Please vote NO on Article 8 Citizen Petition!
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