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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Carroll County Budget Public Hearing Set.

The public hearing is scheduled for December 7th in the morning according to this article in the Carroll County Independent. I cannot find any mention or notice on the County website. The article indicates that the budget is up about $900,000. There is no indication as to whether this is over and above the supplemental budget or the previous budget. I would find any increase in the budget to be problematic as we were under the impression that the supplemental budget was a one time shot to get the county through the current fiscal year. There does seem to be some issues with the nursing home fee schedule and some increases in the daily rate may be required.

8 comments:

Fred Van Magness said...

I would suggest the following: ASAP:
1. A strong letter from the BOS indicating ANY increase in he following budget will be looked at unfavorably.
2. A request that the Commissioners and the Administrator come to the next BOS meeting with a full explanation of ANY increase as well as a detailed summary of all variances.
3. That the Commissioners present a plan of options to eliminate ANY increases.
4. That the Moultonborough representatives to the Delegation provide an in depth analysis of their own concerning increases and potential offsets.
5. That the Commissioners present to the BOS the results of the ongoing current audition the status of the forensic audit requested.

Let's take the gloves off and have a sound professional debate around their actions. The BOS needs to get on record NOW. The real goal should be less cost next year, not more. We need to proactive and not reactive.

We need to convey our seriousness surrounding the lack of fiscal control in the County.

State Rep Glenn Cordelli said...

The Delegation will be meeting on the 7th.
There will be a pubic hearing prior to the meeting - at 9am.

Mellisa Seamans said...

I found the following posted on www.carrollcountynh.net on Nov. 25:
PUBLIC NOTICE
CARROLL COUNTY
The Carroll County Delegation will hold a public hearing on Monday,
December 7 , 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in the Delegation Room, 2nd Floor,
95 Water Village Road, Ossipee, New Hampshire, 03864.
All citizens are invited to attend an d ask questions concerning the
Commissioners’ Proposed 2016 County Budget. If you need any specific accommodations, please contact us at 539-7751. (ADA)
The Commissioners’ proposed Carroll County Budget for 2016 may be
Inspected by the public from 8:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through
Friday in the Business Office at the County Administration Building,
Route 171, Ossipee, New Hampshire.
The Delegation will consider and act upon any other business that may properly be brought before the meeting or any adjournment thereof.
The meeting of the Executive Committee will be followed by a meeting of the County Convention to vote on any recommendation of the
Executive Committee.
If any of the School Districts in Carroll County have a delayed opening or cancellation due to bad weather, the Carroll County Delegation meeting will be delayed 2 hours.
Ed Butler, Clerk
Carroll County Delegation

Joseph Cormier said...

Anyone know the status of the forensic audit?

Here's a reminder.

http://www.carrollcountynh.net/pages/CarrollcountyNH_Commmin/2015%20Non%20Public%20Released/Non%20Public%2011.5.15

Is it incompetence, cronyism, complacency by the voters ... lest we forget!

Grumpy said...

If you ask 10 people in Mboro (and I assume the same results would be most other towns) "where does the county gets its money to run things like the courts, sheriff dept., jail, registry, nursing home etc.?" you will get 5 who don't know. I know, I have done the test. And some of these unknowing own property and get their tax bill.
I like the attitude Fred Van Magness has. Can we see that same effort from the BoS and our state reps? Fred should run for the BoS in March. He'll have my vote.

State Rep Glenn Cordelli said...

The draft agenda is as follows:

Pledge of Allegiance

Presentation of the budget

Public Comments

Approval of the minutes Oct 19 meeting

Forensic audit status

FY 2014 Audit status

Procedures for approval of funding transfers

Other business

Convention

Adjourn

If you cannot attend the public hearing but have comments, you can email them to me and I will introduce them into the record -
glenn.cordelli@leg.state.nh.us

Fred Van Magness said...

Before any public hearing is held, it is important that information be provided IN ADVANCE. This was pointed out in the 2014 Audit as of September, 2014. So I went to the Carroll County web site today to try and see the information. You guessed it...there is nothing to look at concerning next years budget as far as I could find. Nada.... Our delegation members should press the administrator to release ALL proposed budget data, analysis, and comparisons to the current year substantially in advance of the meeting next Monday. It is unreasonable and plainly stupid to have any sort of public hearing when the data isn't available before hand. People need time to review this information. As a matter of fact, while it is not part of their current charter of work, it would be interesting to have some comments by our local ABC on the various budget items. Something to think about for the future. Or, maybe we should have an ABC for the County made up of one representative from the five top paying/funding towns. That would be an interesting development to start to control expenditures. I also read the prior 2014 audit recommendations...a very interesting document. The delegation needs to have an agenda item that requires the commissioners to provide a detailed, line by line status of every single recommendation, including a projected completion date if they are still being worked on. It is time to turn up the heat on an under-performing organization.

State Rep Glenn Cordelli said...

The proposed budget can be found here:
http://www.carrollcountynh.net/pages/CarrollcountyNH_Commissioner/Proposed%20Budgets/