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Wife & I see the value of having Year-Round Library in Gilmanton

To The Daily Sun,

In case all of the great folks in Gilmanton are not yet aware of it, the Year-Round Library is one of those places you have to actually visit to understand how cool it is.

As a recent addition to Gilmanton, when we first drove by it, we knew we had to stop in and see what kind of library is in that neat old barn building. Oh, you can check it out at www.gyrla.org, and I encourage you to do that, to see a sample of everything that is available, but there is nothing like a physical visit to really check it out.

Even though we are retired and have no children living here, we see its value to the town and we both volunteer there. I serve on the board and my wife has done a myriad of volunteer activities.

If you are fairly new to Gilmanton, you may not have discovered the Year-Round Library across the street from Gilmanton School. You may have seen a library — or two — because there are three in Gilmanton. All are unique, and all are good. Only the Corners' Library by the Town Hall is town-owned. You ought to go check it out also. The privately owned library in the Iron Works is closed for the winter. Come see it in the spring.

You may also not be aware how important it is that you register and vote at the town election on March 14. Gilmanton offers same-day registration and voting so you can register and vote in one trip. Easy peasie.
(Warrant Article 23 covers partial funding for the Year-Round Library.)

Terry Melle
Gilmanton Iron Works

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Teacher contract will cost Gilford taxpayers at least $1.7 million

To The Daily Sun,

In the wee hours of Friday morning I read an article in The Sun about the proposed Gilford School District's collective bargaining agreement. Superintendent Kirk Beitler was quoted as saying, "The amount to be raised by property taxes to cover the collective bargaining agreement in year 2018-2019 is actually less than what we would be needing to raise in the 2017-2018 school year, and it goes down each year."

Now, I know Mr. Beitler is an educated man so he must know that this statement is patently false, which means he is intentionally telling the public something that he knows is not true. Must of us would refer to this as lying, not a good thing to do when you are overpaid public servant.

Here's the facts regarding the proposed union contract that the superintendent and School Board is desperately trying to hide from the taxpayers.

Here is the breakdown:

Year        est. Increase    Total raised to cover CBA
17-18     $296,819          $296,819
18-19     $268,198          $565,017
19 -20    $245,392          $810,409
TOTAL COST OF THE CBA — $1,672,245

Note: These numbers based on the unrealistic assumption that the cost of health insurance will never increase. With a known 14.4 percent increase in just the first year it can safely be assumed that the total cost of this contract will easily exceed $2 million and then become the baseline used to build the next round of increases from.

This is by far the largest CBA since the inception of SAU 73 in 1998 and this rate of increase is simply not sustainable with our current tax base.

The good news is that the Gilford Budget Committee voted to not recommend this contract and the voters will have the opportunity to vote it down in March.

It would be nice if at least one party negotiating these contracts actually represented the taxpayer. Unfortunately the two School Board members who participated in the negotiations have no mercy on the taxpayers and one actually has an offspring who is subject to the contract. Can you say conflict of interest?

Kevin Leandro

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