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.