Dublin committee, select board at odds over budget

  • Budget Committee chair Charlie Champagne explains why the committee did not recommend a number of articles, while committee member William Gurney looks on.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dublin’s Budget Committee will not recommend six of the 18 warrant articles scheduled to appear on the town warrant in March.

Additionally, the Selectmen are not recommending the committee’s $1,968,371 proposed operating budget, as their recommended budget is $4,939 higher.

The Budget Committee’s budget is the one that will appear on the warrant, but amendments can be made on the floor at Town Meeting.

The committee’s budget differs in three areas: $2,500 less in the recruiting line of the personnel administration line, $500 less in the swap shop line of the solid waste disposal budget, and $1,939 in three animal control budget lines.

In each case, the line item has been zeroed out. 

“We took the $500 out of the swap shop line because we didn’t see a need for it,” said Budget Committee chair Charlie Champagne, at Tuesday’s budget hearing. 

Because there was no enough information about the deliverables of a broadband study, the committee is not in favor of raising $12,500 to fund it. 

The committee is also not in favor of pulling $24,750 from the Town Buildings Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund to paint the Town Hall, as the Town Hall was painted eight years ago and “doesn’t look that bad” according to committee member Steve Baldwin. 

Two cemetery-related warrant articles — $26,000 to construct a maintenance building at the cemetery and $5,000 Town Buildings Maintenance Capital Reserve Fund for repairs to the Hearse House — are not recommended by the budget committee. Although the committee could see a need for more space, it didn’t feel that both projects were the best use of taxpayer money. 

Rather than funding articles to raise $7,331 for various agencies that provide services in town and $9,000 for the Dublin Community Center through taxation, the committee advocated to have those willing to support the organizations donate their own money. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com.