To the Editor:
It is apparent
to me the current school committee does not care
about taxpayers in our town. Witness the
action at the deliberative session (of School
District Meeting) of Feb 5.
presented by the Budget Committee was a workable
budget, a good compromise between both
entities. The budget would have resulted
in no tax increase. What happened?
The school committee increased the budget by
$1.38 million. This resulted in a budget
going forward that, if passed on March 8th, will
cost us, the taxpayers, and additional 99 cents
per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
The irony is,
we the taxpayers, will still have to pay
more. How so you ask? Should the
budget presented in Article 2 fail on March 8,
then the default budget, which is $36.37
million, will be the budget for 2011-2012.
This budget will cost us, the taxpayers, 40
cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.
I am at a loss
to understand the thinking process of the
current school committee on this issue.
What is so hard to understand is that they would
have had a budget - granted, not all they wanted
- that was fair and reasonable, and more
importantly, carried with it no tax
increase. The school committee was so
concerned that people might lose their jobs if a
lower budget was voted in. The school
committee overwhelmingly demonstrated their lack
of concern or empathy for the Goffstown
taxpayers who might lose their homes if they are
unable to pay their taxes because of the school
committee's wanton desire to have the budget
I ask the
people of Goffstown to vote down Article 2 on
March 8 and put the default budget in place; at
least we can save some money. It is
obvious to me the school committee does not care
about the taxpayers of Goffstown or to save us