Budget Committee

Tales from the BudComm – So how do you rectify those two statements, Sean?

by Skip July 27, 2018

As I said in the last issue in this Tales from the BudComm series, I became real concerned when freshman Joe Wernig first said, and then Chair Sean Murphy assented, that we weren’t supposed to be changing GL accounts – the line items in the “recommendations” (verbiage from RSA 32) that the School District / […]

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Tales from the Budcomm – they don’t want to do their jobs?

by Skip June 7, 2018

I’m a bit late on commenting on this – the last meeting was on May 24th.  While the entire 2 hour video can be seen here (and if you are concerned with openness and transparency, there’s quite a dollop of it, care of moi), I’ve clipped out the part that had my eyebrows up over my […]

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Town Meetings – for SB2 towns like Gilford, we get to trek in the snow tomorrow (ahGAIN!)

by Skip March 12, 2018

Thankfully, being an SB2 town, we get to vote in private.  I remember town meetings when the warrant was both debated and voted upon in a single session and how long they ran until way early into the morning as one special interest group (“SIG”) or another slowed it down until “the opposition” finally went […]

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Gilford Budget Committee – setting the record straight

by Op-Ed March 11, 2018

By Norm Silber To set the record straight regarding actions taken by the Gilford Budget Committee under my leadership, the real facts are (a) the Police & Fire budgets were never decreased in any of the prior 4 years; (b) the Fire budget was increased last year and this year to provide for the lease/purchase […]

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Tales from the BudComm – election time edition

by Skip March 9, 2018

Yep, it’s that time of year, and in my hamlet, only the BudComm has contested races – go figure!  The “Gilford Democrats” are all up in arms thinking that the BudComm members are going to take the their School Board budget and almost all of them are on the Government payroll (or family members are).  […]

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Tales from the BudComm – differing standards

by Skip January 13, 2018

Well, the last night of the Budget Season was last Thursday nite. A long nite – from 6:30pm and I didn’t get home until after midnight.  Did we get all of the surface analysis done and talked to all of the right people at mostly the right time?  Yes, the BudComm did.  Sadly, do I […]

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Tales from the BudComm – Cost vs Results

by Skip December 4, 2017

From Weekend Pundit (emphasis mine): Speaking of small town New Hampshire, we are going through out budgeting process for both the town and school. It can be a time-consuming effort, with some wanting a lot more money this coming year and others making do with the same amount they spent this year. One of the biggest […]

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Tales from the BudComm: talk, talk, talk, talk….Let’s play hide the PBX, shall we? Part 1

by Skip November 21, 2017

Well, I’m back on my hamlet’s Budget Committee and we are now going over the town budget with the school district’s budget right behind it. Arguably, it is the most powerful committee/commission/entity  in what is known as an “SB2 town” where SB2 stands for Senate Bill 2 – the legislation pass a few years back […]

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Announcing the formation of the School District Governance Association of New Hampshire

by Steve MacDonald December 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Concord, NH Dec. 12, 2016  School board and school budget committee members currently have few independent resources to assist them in improving the governance and budgeting of their districts. The School District Governance Association of New Hampshire (SDGA NH) has been created as a resource devoted entirely to educating and empowering elected school […]

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For my Gilford readers – a request for your vote!

by Skip February 19, 2012

One of the things that I am proud about the folks that opine here at GraniteGrok is not just that they spend their free time writing here, not just that when they write but that they write well, but that they all DO and not just write.  Each of the authors here get off their […]

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