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« on: October 23, 2007, 05:27:06 AM »

from the Union Leader

Londonderry rolls out budget
Union Leader Correspondent

LONDONDERRY – Town Manager Dave Caron last night rolled out the proposed town operating budget for next year to the tune of $25,213,895, an increase of 0.49 percent from last year.

If the proposal passed town meeting in March, taxpayers would see an eight-cent increase in the town's tax rate, up from $4.38 this year.

Caron was instructed by the town council to present the board with a budget that included no increases except for contractual agreements such as yearly employee raises. If approved, the biggest increases would be seen in $225,854 of raises, $69,071 for an expected increase in trash collection fees and $48,713 charged by the city of Manchester for hydrant rentals in the north end of town.

The largest decrease in expenses will be a $162,141 drop in health insurance costs assumed by the town - next year employees will start assuming a greater share of the cost. The two next largest decreases both come from a revamping of the way the town handles information technology for a combined savings of about $112,000.

Last night was the start of a process ultimately decided by voters on town meeting day in March. The town council, budget committee and town manager have multiple workshops scheduled throughout this month and next in which department heads will present the reasoning behind their budget requests. In late November and December, the boards will make their own recommendations on how the budget should go forward to town meeting.

A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for Jan. 7.

"If you want to see the budget changed, come with your friends to the public hearings," said Councilor Brian Farmer. "Also, voters will still have their final bite at the apple during town meeting in March." He said people interested in learning how the budget is compiled should come to the workshops currently being held.

Most members of both boards got the proposed budget last night and had not yet had the chance to form an opinion about it.

Glenn Douglas
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