"Real liberty is neither found in despotism or the extremes of democracy, but in moderate governments.
Alexander Hamilton

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Carroll County Budget Finalized: Total to be Raised by Taxes $180 below 2015

The full story is in the Conway Daily Sun.
The Carroll County Delegation cut the Commissioner’s proposed budget by approximately $840,000, but the total to be raised by taxes is just $180 below last year’s final amount( after the supplemental budget.)
In 2014, the amount to be raised by taxes was  $14,334,920.  The initial 2015 approved budget was for $15,223,774. The Delegation approved a supplemental budget last year for $2,400,000 as the county ( for reasons that I can still do not understand) was going to run out of money before years end. The total amount appropriated by taxes for 2015 became $17,623,594.
Since 2014, the amount to be raised by taxes has increased by 23% or $3,288,674, which coincidentally, is approximately Moultonboro’s share of the county tax base.

It also appears that the final bell has tolled for the 164 year old county farm. The UNH Cooperative Extension has neither the resources nor is it within their scope to step in and run the farm even in educational/instructional role.  I find it sad that this tradition has been brushed aside and without a clear understanding of the financial impact in terms of revenue and expenses.  It is ironic that some members of the Delegation were upset that they could not get accurate numbers from the Commissioner’s over the last few budgets, but made a decision to shut down the county farm without even a study to determine the impact. Baffling. 


Anonymous said...

"Rep. Karel Crawford (R-Moultonborough) apologized for her vote against the farm. She was under the erroneous impression that the issue would be looked into again during the summer and money could be added to the farm budget then if need be. After the vote, she learned that wasn't going to happen.

"I'm sad that I voted that way," said Crawford."

State Rep Glenn Cordelli said...

Based upon the expenditure and revenue data submitted by the administration, the farm has lost app $450,000 over the past 6 years.
A government run farm at this cost to taxpayers is not a fundamental responsibility of County government.
What benefit has been realized by any reader of this blog from the County farm?
There are REAL opportunities with the Learning Center concept to do something positive for the community. There are statutory guideline for the Cooperative Extension that can be the basis for the Learning Center:
RSA 24:10 University of New Hampshire Extension: Program Purpose and Intent.
I. The mission of the university of New Hampshire cooperative extension, also known as UNH cooperative extension, is to educate people so that they can make informed decisions. Cooperative extension programs teach New Hampshire residents in practical ways and offers programs locally in all 10 counties. Research results are presented in a usable manner enabling individuals, family members, business owners, and community leaders to apply this knowledge to their daily needs. In addition, the youth of New Hampshire learn skills and gain knowledge from cooperative extension programs which help them develop into productive and responsible citizens. By training and utilizing volunteers, the cooperative extension reaches more people and reduces program delivery costs. Programs and information provided through the cooperative extension enable New Hampshire to remain economically healthy and competitive by focusing on helping individuals, families, the state's economy, and its natural resources. These efforts result in our state being a better place to live, work, and visit.

Let's focus on real ways in which an agricultural based Learning Center can actually make a positive contribute to Carroll County. I will post here when we have the first meeting of the now official Delegation sub-committee to continue exploring this opportunity.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

All well and good Rep. Cordelli, but there is conflicting information on the true cost to operate the farm and the intangibles.Your mention of a loss of $450K is speculative at best. Pulling the trigger without sound information ( why not do the study first?) seems more like a partisan philosophical issue than one that represents the true will of the constituents. In September, a 164 year old farm that began when Millard Filmore was President will cease operations. I trust you are aware that a great many of your constituents are very angry at this decision.

Chris Shipp said...

"Hear, hear" Moultonboro Blogger.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, the revered President Millard Fillmore, signer of The Fugitive Slave Act which ordered free state citizens to return slaves to their owners, better known as The Bloodhound Act for the hunting dogs used to track the fugitives down...more great moments government!? My only question regarding this controversy...can someone explain why, after six years, a study is needed to determine if any entity is making or losing money?

Mellisa Seamans said...

What disturbs me the most I think is how the county commissioners are getting a pass and not accepting any responsibility whatsoever for this vile, abhorrent mess that THEY created. The only thing people are focused on is how the big meanies on the delegation voted to do this or that. We are at this point because the incompetence and outright deception has snowballed to the point of avalanche. And who gets buried in it? The taxpayers and the SIX people who have been fired in the past two days.

Moultonboro Blogger said...

Here is a link to Mellisa Seaman's article on this topic in the Carroll County Independent. A committee to study whether or not the farm operation continues to make sense was formed, but after the funding was cut. Doing this after the fact makes no sense. And the committee is composed of the most vocal Reps who carried the charge to close the farm.