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December 4, 2009
EDITORIAL
 
Budget increases are less than requested, but plenty to get by on

Yes, we're already hearing the new propaganda around Goffstown about a "reduction" that was made to the budgets of the Public Works, Police and Fire departments by the Goffstown Budget Committee this past Tuesday, and how those "reductions" will result in decreased services and unemployed workers. 

But the fact is, absolutely NO reductions were made to ANY of those budgets at all.  In fact, all three of those departments were granted generous increases to their 2010 budgets by the budget committee. 

So why all the hubbub?  

The answer is "disinformation".  Or at the very least, "misinformation."  

On Tuesday, the budget committee granted generous increases over 2009 expenditures to the budgets of all six town departments for 2010.  Public works, police and fire were included in that list, but none of those three received the increases they requested.  Subsequently, those reductions in their requested increases are now being called "cuts to their budgets".

Hence the cause of the hubbub.  And the source of the misinformation.

THE FACTS

A reduction to a requested amount is not a "cut to a budget".  Rather, it is a cut to a request. Had any of their budgets been really "cut", then these departments would have less money to operate next year than they will spend this year (or spent last year).  But that's not the case.  In fact, they have much more.

How can DPW, having spent an average of $4.1M per year over the last two years, claim that their budget has been "cut" when, in fact, it has been increased by the budget committee to $4.5 million for next year?

How can the police department, having spent an average of $3.6M per year over the last two years, claim that their budget has been "cut" when, in fact,  it has been increased by the budget committee to nearly $4.1 million for next year?

And how can our fire department, having spent an average of $1.9M per year over the last two years, claim that their budget has been "cut" when, in fact, it has been increased by the budget committee to nearly $2.2 million for next year?

To us, those numbers speak for themselves.  The budget committee has been more than generous in granting these increases, especially when considering the current state of the economy and the financial constraints our town - as well as its taxpayers - are all facing.

Department heads in Goffstown may not have been granted everything they asked for, but the increases they have received are more than enough to get by on.  

Let's hope they realize how fortunate they are that their budgets weren't reduced as has been the case with government, corporate and household budgets around the country.




 

 


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