To the Editor:
turnout and voting at the Goffstown deliberative
sessions disproves the statement that it is a “small
group hijacking our community.”
was the last time that the school auditorium was filled
for a deliberative session?
When was the last time that the voting was so
It would seem that there was a “small group”
of 87 voters at the town deliberative session voting
against “new spending.”
At the school deliberative session there were 174
voters against increases in the school budget.
Those are hardly “small numbers.”
the two residents slandering the growing list of leaders
championing the “no new spending” campaign is the
For many residents, “no new spending” in
Goffstown is a big deal.
are people in Goffstown who say that a 5% increase in
the total school budget is entirely reasonable and
There are others who say that the increase is
really brutal for those residents confronted with no
increases in wages or social security, no pensions, no
healthcare, no job and possibly losing their house when
they have no savings.
For them, property taxes are a big deal.
residents understand that since roughly half of the
total school budget is derived directly from property
taxes, the 5% total school increase must translate into
a 10% increase for a local school property tax rate.
That 10% increase means that the school portion
of the total town property tax will double in 7 years if
that trend were to continue unabated.
residents understand that the other roughly half of the
school budget comes from other revenues and funds.
Last years pleasant surprise of a one-time
transfer of $3.3 million to property tax reduction will
probably not be there for another tax increase this year
of perhaps 20% (on top of the 10%.)
transparency to these budget numbers isn’t exactly
“hijacking the community.”
Any other increase to the town-side budget and
the entire petition warrant articles that are passed,
will add to those tax increases already highlighted.
If voters choose to vote for the default budgets
that are higher than the recommended budget numbers,
then the tax rate increase will be to the high side.
out the officials not acting in Goffstown’s best
interest” is an excellent idea.
The only pertinent question is do Goffstown
voters want to see the “big spenders” returned to
office or is it time for the “no new spending” types
to run things during this bad economy.
Where is it “written in stone” that any small
group of politicians knows what is best for Goffstown.
Informed voters will decide.
it is time to recognize the efforts of the Budget
Committee (BC) to inform voters.
Some members of the BC spend 10-20 hours a week,
or more, for 6 months for no pay unlike the Board of
Selectman and the School Board.
The BC also receives no free computers or access
to health care like the other boards.
The BC is also constantly under the watchful eyes
of the municipal workers most of the time.
Maybe it is time to change all that.
One thing is for sure:
Goffstown voters are going to get a property tax
surprise this year, and probably not a pleasant one.
other group of unpleasantly surprised voters will be our
students when they return home from college and wish to
start a life in Goffstown with a starting wage.
The property taxes that may have doubled this
decade may prevent them for starting a family and buying
a house in Goffstown.
may not be such an issue for many of their parents
because they won’t be living here either.