Tales from the BudComm

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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Tales from the BudComm – Starting with “hats off”

by Skip May 25, 2018

Ah yes, the budget season begins in earnest and the table was set early on by the new Chair (effectively installed by the four Progressives that the “school community” voted into office during our “second bad blizzard in a row on town election day”) Sean Murphy with his Agenda Item #1: Call the meeting to […]

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Tales from the BudComm – an automated budget tracker.

by Skip March 20, 2018

As Y’all know, I’ve been trying to better understand the RSAs (NH Statutes, especially RSA 32 and RSA 40 that govern Budgeting and Budget Committees) this past year.  Read the RSAs, talk with a couple of lawyers, talk with Legislators, talk with the Dept of Revenue Administration – I learned that our BudComm was not […]

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Tales from the BudComm – People upset for just doing our job and doing it more efficiently???

by Skip March 12, 2018

We had a Special Meeting of the BudComm tonite to rectify a huge problem that I found this year by reading through the NH RSAs that govern the budgetary process that must be followed by towns that have adopted SB2 and implemented official Budget Committees.  Since the beginning of our town using SB2, the BudComm […]

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Tales from the BudComm – a disturbing issue with the Moderator

by Skip February 10, 2018

UPDATE: The name of the unregistered vote is Jeanin Onos. She is, from what I understand, going to mount a write-in candidacy.  Which, I am pleasantly pleased to say, is that if there is a Conservative in Gilford that wishes to do the same, you now have the same possibility.  We’d be mightly obliged and certainly […]

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Tales from the BudComm: Upon Fred Butler (Gilford) beclowning himself again

by Skip January 19, 2018

This past Tuesday night, my hamlet had its Public Session where the Budget Committee presented both its budgets (Municipal, School District) to the townfolk to explain the numbers and to take questions or listen to concerns.  Fred Butler approached the mic and decided to, once again, make a math fool of himself.  He knows how […]

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Tales from the BudComm – that single word is exploitable.

by Skip January 16, 2018

And that word is “contract”.  First issue is in this area – RSA 40:13: IX. (a) “Operating budget” as used in this subdivision means “budget,” as defined in RSA 32:3, III, exclusive of “special warrant articles,” as defined in RSA 32:3, VI, and exclusive of other appropriations voted separately. (b) “Default budget’‘ as used in […]

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Tales from the BudComm – “Do you see what I see?”

by Skip December 28, 2017

Yes, I am deliberately being shameless in “culturally appropriating” a line from a well beloved Christmas carol – deal with it because FREEDOM!  That’s what Americans do – take from other cultures (after all, there’s plenty to “borrow” from) and repurpose it to make our culture better.  But here, the question fits as now the […]

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Tales from the BudComm – what, no QA? Part 2

by Skip December 10, 2017

Part 1 here. The question I asked if the School District Administration does any kind of QA when a new / replacement program is introduced is one that I should NEVER have to ask.  Rather, why didn’t the School District Edu-mucky mucks ask it of themselves?  Failing that, why didn’t the School Board?  After all, […]

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Tales from the BudComm: we don’t need no stinkin’ private sector

by Skip December 3, 2017

Cemeteries.  Usually a very small part of any town or city’s budget but it is there.  It seems that every town has at least one within its boundaries; mine, due to historical reasons, has a bunch of them.  Many of them were old family plots started well over a hundred years ago and over time, […]

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