By Paul Punturieri. "A local blog with news, events and things that matter to all citizens of Moultonboro"
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Absolutely wonderful to see this PUBLIC electronic bulletin board used for posting town business.. This is a big step in the right direction for transparency. The next step involves finding out which public official has been against the sunshine, and providing him a good public shaming. Perhaps K V Partners, our town engineer should design a set of stocks, to build on the town green, next to the town bulletin board.
Not a good idea to use K V Partners...they have been working very closely with our Town Administrator, and have been more involved with the selling of public projects, instead of the engineering of public projects. They were not heired to run dog and pony shows.
Change the title of the article to "Calling all QUALIFIED Volunteers".
" Contributions Please. said...Absolutely wonderful to see this PUBLIC electronic bulletin board used ... "PETITIONTo see if the Town will vote to require the governing body to provide petitions on the Town website. The intent is to allow citizens, the ability to post, download, and print petitions. This service is to be available and operational, no later than June 1st, 2015 and is to be in effect until rescinded by the town legislative body. Internet security will be, at least, the same as presently on the town website. Moultonborough Policy statement #31 is to be adjusted accordingly."Just an example. Why settle for just this great blog! Doesn't mean town website will get bogged down. Dumb petition ... don't print, sign, and send to petitioner. Let the voters decide.
Does anyone know what this means?"Q. Whose recommendations should appear on warrant articles and budget items?A. Recommendations should appear, if at all, only on appropriations articles. The law does not authorize the inclusion of recommendations on non-money articles. The proposed operating budget will be the one recommended by the official budget committee, if there is one, or the governing body in all other cases. Department of Revenue Administration forms to be posted with the warrant (MS6 and MS7) require a notation of the recommendations of the governing body and the official budget committee, if any, on proposed appropriations."https://www.nhmunicipal.org/TownAndCity/Article/262
Joe,In the article you referenced (published in 2007) it refers to governing bodies making recommendations by vote on all warrant articles that have an appropriation only. The RSA (http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/iii/32/32-5.htm)Section V-a, was changed in 2009 adding the wording " or any warrant article." The BoS have traditionally also put the ABC's recommendations by vote as well on the warrant for all articles. The premise is that just about all warrant articles have a financial implication. There is some disagreement on the BoS as to whether this should continue. I really can't say what will occur at the budget and warrant hearing February 5th, but it may be a topic of discussion. I feel strongly that the ABC should weigh in on any money articles, but not as strongly that they should be voting on non appropriation articles.
Thanks Paul.I believe/support the BoS can/should make transparent, their governing body votes on all warrant articles. However, I guess I should have stressed the ABC.RSA 32:5 V (a):" V. When any purpose of appropriation, submitted by a governing body or by petition, appears in the warrant as part of a special warrant article: (a) The article shall contain a notation of whether or not that appropriation is recommended by the governing body, and, if there is a budget committee, a notation of whether or not it is recommended by the budget committee; "The Budget Law seems to address an "Official Budget Committee," and not an "advisory" committee, when performing "lawful" duties.That goes for ANY ADVISORY committee!Maybe it's time the town considered an Official Budget Committee. It might be argued that more concerned citizens, could argue/make a case for spending town budget money, to be presented to the town. If they can't agree ... we don't need to spend!http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/III/32/32-mrg.htmI agree that just about anything has a "financial" implication,... but not "budgetary". Going from "the sublime to the ridiculous" is another facet of MoBo activity that some of us share!Keep up the great work.
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