Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Budget Pie 2015

This is a graphic representation of the budget for 2015 proposed to date. Not included are any petitioned warrant articles, the Library budget or the School District.
Note also that this isn't the amount to be raised by taxes. There is a fair amount of money from reserve funds, the general fund balance and a highway block grant and other revenues that will ultimately offset the total tax levy.
A little clarification: if you add up the numbers on the capital budget you will find that the total is $107,564 more than indicated. That is because the $89,206 for the Fire dept. engine 2 lease and the $18,358 backhoe lease are included in the operating budget. What this shows graphically then is the total gross spending proposed.
How does this compare to 2014? The operating budget is down about 1.79% and the capital budget ( apples to apples comparison) is up about 1.9%.















26 comments:

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfqairpoint.net said...


The BoS and Town Administration spend a lot of time and effort on "the town beans" that need to be counted, for all of us.

Thank you much.

Now let the debates begin!

http://www.moultonborough.org/Pages/MoultonboroughNH_Admin/FY15%20Budget/

You'll get the 2014 Annual report in the not too distant future (actually, annual report is history, not future).

You've already got the 2013 Annual Report. It has the 2014 budget on pages 45-55. You paid for it, may as well read it!

It doesn't hurt, too much, to compare 2014 to 2015 and rationalize the delta (math) ... if any ... plus or minus!


http://moultonboroughnh.gov/Pages/MoultonboroughNH_BOS/Annual%20Report/240440%20Moultonborough%202013%20AR.pdf


Anonymous said...

$ 810'000 for roads....hope we can build atleast 4 round-Abouts with that...Do not want Meredith gettin ahead of us.

Devil In Details said...

The capital budget includes many little down payments on big elephants that we have yet to decide on. Many items yet to be approved by BOS or voters, but we are asked to commit $$$.. No entry on an elephant we must pay for..repair to PSB equipment bay floor....we will call that an emergency and stick it in later.
One of the bigger circuses is States Landing beach, $ 50,000 for engineering...this beach and lake cleaning is a project most approve...it protects our industry, the lake. That cleanup is shown as $ 450,000 , and perhaps a bit more if we hire a professional lake engineer who knows what he is doing. BUT this has morphed into $ 1.7 million, for Disneyland east.. Vote for the $ 50,000, and you buy the whole elephant.

Anonymous said...

Capital Budget....and for the eighth year in a row, $ 15,000 for fire dept turnout gear. Why do they keep loosing their clothes? Re-name this the paste-wax and pizza fund.

Who's Idea ? said...

Capital Budget...Softball field initial design and permits $ 15,000. The entire elephant est at $ 350,000. Many say the whole thing can be improved for just the $ 15,000.
Some of the logic is that we spent that on the soccer field...people bought into that....even got a $ 75,000 cistern for the ice hockey rink. With out knowing it, we dodged some of the bullet here, by not buying Mud Pond for $ 165,000.. Tho not said, that was for some wetland/swamp swap, to make a deeper right field, and room for light stantions....Dodger Field, here we come.

This is Easy... said...

Capital Budget.....P S B building parking lot $ 10,000 engineering......because it needs paving... In the old days Hiway would just dump the black goo, rake it and roll it ? What's $ 10,000 get us? Should cover more space, to park all the town pickup trucks...Underground parking?

Grateful Resident said...

Good work by the CIPC & ABC. I'm being to understand why the Town Administrator finds both committees an annoyance. You don't miss much. Keep up the good work.

Out of Porportion. said...

Capital Budget...Fire Dept initial attack apparatus..2 trucks
$ 48,500. Which will go into the piggy bank to save for a $ 460,000 to half million dollar elephant. This will give us the largest number of trucks, as compared to any town in the county. We need more building fires.
Some may see this as recognition that the monster trucks we buy will not fit up most driveways. The inherent problem is that we allow one person to select the type and number of fire trucks we run. With these two, and a water tanker, that many say should come first, there is near a million dollars worth of equipment proposed. Something is wrong on this meager management. It needs more players in on the decisions.

A Positive Chance.. said...

Capital Budget...HiWay garage water treatment plan. $ 25'000. This could be positive for the environment, if we bring in an environmental groundwater consultant....or a disaster if we let local talent call the shots.
This comes about from a strong salt contamination at HiWay, from aincent history about how everyone used to store road salt. The salt concentration in the water makes it corrosive for equipment washing, so a narrow solution has been proposed, using reverse osmosis filtration for Hwy Barn water supply, which will further agrivate the salt pollution. As we own 2 adjoining properties, the playground, and the 36 acre HiWay Dept, both with water quantity and quality problems, a BOS member reccomended a professional study providing an overview of the whole problem, instead of the peace meal approach. In the long run, this study may help remediate the environment, and save $$ too. History says they will go quick and dirty....our loss.

See You At The Hearing.. said...

Capital Budget.....Houston, we have a problem...the warrant article, where we can vote on these issues at town meeting.....the issues listed above, and a few more issues, are thrown in one bucket.....and our only choice is to buy all the elephants, or none of them. In theory it is possible to pick and choose parts of a warrant article, and amend it from the floor, but this never works..wording..acoustics..it's impossible, but it takes a real citizen insurrection to get the warrant article author, our Town Administrator, to break out a contraversial issue and give it it's own warrant. This can be done at the warrant article hearing, tho the BOS did not hear us last year.....Talking automatic rubber-stamp here.....from the voters too. . It's costly.

Pro Voter said...

Capital Budget.....here is a new policy we need...any capital purchase not reccomended by the ABC, or not reccomended by the CIPC, must have it's own warrant article. No more ride under the radar. Giving more authority sure to upset the town administrator, but it is voter friendly..

Joe Cormier/jcormier2@myfairpoint.net said...

"We the people ...."

http://www.canaannh.org/boards/budget_committee/index.html


An American Guesser said...

Maybe we need a newer set of eyes and a frugle one to take charge of and spend our money more wisely on our Roads and Public Works Dept.The proposed 2.8 MILLION DOLLAR budget has gone way up since our present Road Agent took office almost 6 years ago.When the town paid up two bond projects,$450 K in moneys were just rolled into his funds.The R.A.projects should be fixing the Public Safety Building parking lot before there is more inside damage.

Guinne Southwick said...

How about a Fire Department Budget Committee. Let's get a warrant article for this.

A Burning Hope said...

Guinness, we do ot need a Fire Dept Budget committee, budget is only tip of the iceberg.. We need a Fire Dept strategy committee, with 3 charges...refine the equipment bidding process, which is seriously flawed, Generate guidelines on staffing and duties of staff. Number 3 for everyone's safety review the purpose of each truck, especially new purchases. Fire trucks are made for special tasks...selecting the right type takes muitiple talents.
Tankers need to be examined, proper size tankers...we do not have any, we just borrow them from neighboring towns.

More Fire said...

Selectman Mudgett announced a goal of reforming the bid process for major purchases. Here is a reason why: a neighboring town needed a new Heavy Rescue truck. They have a barn full time of brand A fire equip, and wanted the same manufacturer. They went to great length to spec the truck, even giving glass window dimensions, that matched brand A truck..At bid opening, for a truck that should cost $ 400,000 or so, only one bidder...their brand A truck builder was too busy with foreign contracts.. The only bid, from Brand X, , using a commercial chassis and a box they cobble together, came in at $ 611,000. OUCH. So much for " custom bid specs "

Anonymous said...

In the apparatus plan presented by the fire chief, two initial attack truck are planned for purchase eventually, not at the same time. The initial attack trucks are being purchased to address the issue you are complaining about, narrow roads and driveways. This is the same size trucks that the highway department has been moving to F550’s. When the chief presented the plan, it actually had the number of trucks the department had being reduced, because the initial attack truck would be multi-function trucks. A check of the capital plan shows that a water tank truck is next up on 2016 through a lease purchase (Replacement of Pumper, Engine 2).
As for more players involved, look how well its worked for our select board.

Anonymous said...

The fire department received a grant from FEMA in 2006/2007 that enabled the fire department to purchase turnout gear for the entire department; it also included a commercial washing machine for cleaning the turnout gear. Which is necessary to protect the firefighters from carcinogens and extend the life of the equipment, previously gear was cleaned by rinsing off with a garden hose. The purpose of this grant was to give departments means to get the equipment needed, then implements a means to maintain and replaced it when needed. The capital fund for turnout gear already establish for the Fire Department provides that mechanism. It funds buying new gear for new members and replace existing equipment as needed, up to six sets per year.

Not Podunk Anymore said...

Mr Mudgett...On tightening bid proceedure :
# 1 before posting RFP, have a BOS review of bid, open to the public.
# 2 at hearing, show list of bidders RFP will be sent to. Our last $ 1/2 million equip bid was in Laconia Citizen? Any truck mfr's in Laconia
# 3 each and every page shall be dated, with a doc.I D number, with date.
# 4 unless atleast 3 bidders participate, the bid will be canceled, re-written, and back to the public hearing.
These rules will place the onus on the bid writer, to be sure it is a fair and open spec.

Biggest Not Better said...

Posted at 2:37. Thank you for helping to reinforce the point that we need a Fire Dept Strategy committee. The proposal to replace pumper Engine Two with an entirely different purpose truck underlines the need for a committee to debate equipment selection. The Tanker is used ( areas without hydrants..most of our town) to transport water from a water supply to the fire scene. It is filled by a pumper at water source, and delivers to a pumper or portable pond at fire scene. Even if purchased with the biggest pump in the county, as Speced, it can only function as one or the other, tho most times both pumpers and tankers are needed at fires. The strategy committee will also have to review the proposed size of the tanker. As Speced it will be the biggest on our roads.

ABC fan said...

I want to understand the math with regard to water treatment at the highway garage to wash vehicles. At the end of the day I can bet the road agent will have a separate building and drainage and water treatment plant. Just wondering, can't the men go to the car wash on Rte 25 and spend the $15 and do it there? A couple hundred grand to wash trucks is a bit nuts.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

I'm not sure where you got the "couple hundred grand" . What is being considered is about $20,000.

ABC Fan said...

Mr Blogger, the larger number comes from looking at the big picture and connecting the dots. The Road Agent has been before the CIPC to request a maintenance building and wash bay at the Highway Garage. Now we learn the water isn't good for washing trucks. We study it. We then put in an expensive osmosis system. Then we build the infrastructure and maintain it. Surely you can see the train coming. Go to the local car wash and forget the whole thing. Now they wash them at the Fire Station on the Neck. Maybe that doesn't meet some DES rule, not sure. But it is being done just the same. Go to the car wash and forget all the gold plated stuff. Make do. Get creative. All these nice to have's just cost us taxpayers more money. Can you folks pretend for one moment that we all live in Tamworth when you review and approve these things? Study here and study there. Then it comes with big price tags.

It Is A Profession.. said...

Mr Fan, you are in the right church, and it will cost $$$. The bigget goal has to be doing it correctly tho, and our local talent has been known to miss the mark.
The piecemeal approach is fraught with peril, some. Increase in salt pollution, perhaps a new well, as reverse osmosis needs three times the water. We own 2 lots here, side by side. One is playground drive, the other is HiWay barn. Both need water, of proper quality and quantity. Time for a big overview here, by a professional groundwater remediation consultant, instead of the costly piecemeal approach. Might be possible to solve all problems with one system, and get a start on mitigating the salt pollution problem also. Let's resolve to do this one right.

Kiss said...

ABC Fan is right, the road agent should be more careful with our tax dollars. He needs to stop empire building and use the car wash.

Suzie in Kona said...

CIPC need to put some money aside. This salt problem appears to be similar to what happened at old landfills, junk yards and gas stations. Stuff leaks out and contaminates. Surely a solution is somewhere in the northern tier of US where salt is stored and we don't have to reinvent the wheel.