Committee delivered - now it's up to you
January 20th, the Goffstown Budget Committee
delivered on its promise of no new taxes,
finalizing a proposed town budget of $18,927,383
and a proposed school budget of $36,085,268.
In both cases, the
resulting budgets represent a level tax rate for
Goffstown. That means the tax rate per
$1,000 of assessed value on your properties will
not go up if these budgets stick.
The Budget Committee has done its job. Now
it's up to you to make sure these budgets stick.
The Board of
Selectmen have agreed to support the Budget
Committee's proposed budget - in fact, that budget
is roughly $186,000 higher than selectmen had
proposed after revising their original
budget. As such, the Town Deliberative
Session on February 7th will see something rare
indeed: the Board of Selectmen and the
Budget Committee in agreement on the proposed town
STILL WANTS MORE
The school board,
however, is a different story. On Monday,
they decided not to support the Budget Committee's
proposed school budget and shoot for their entire
request at school deliberative session on February
emboldened by what they viewed as overwhelming
support for their budget at public hearing on
January 13th, the school board will be making a
motion on February 5th to increase the budget by
at least another $1.4 million. And if they
are able to stack the deck at deliberative session
the way they did at the public hearing, they will
succeed once again in raising all of our property
The only way to
prevent this is for all of you to show up at
Goffstown High School on February 5th at 10:00 AM
and vote 'NO' to any increase to the school budget
that is proposed.
If you don't, and
your school taxes go up again, you'll have only
yourselves to blame.
Guy Caron can be
reached via e-mail at: GuyC@GoffstownResidentsAssociation.com
Columns by Guy Caron
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