NH House Bill 296 is scheduled for a public hearing tomorrow at 11am in the Municipal and County Government Committee. This bill allows the county convention to authorize a forensic audit and pay for it from the contingency fund.
The sponsors, include numerous members of the Carroll County Delegation, including Glenn Cordelli who is continuing his feud with the Commissioners and Administration.
It's actually a bit comical in that the County has not had a contingency fund for a number of years, because ( and this is the comical part) the Delegation has not approved any contingency fund for the County budget. Zero. Last budget cycle, then Delegation Chair Karen Umberger told the Commissioner's that they did not need a contingency fund because nothing would happen over the coarse of the year.
So there is no contingency fund to draw from to pay for a forensic audit should the bill ever be passed. The cost of forensic audit is hundreds of thousands of dollars. Will the Delegation now approve $200K or so for a contingency fund, just to pay for a forensic audit that we do not need? The Delegation rejected the very reasonable and fiscally responsible plan proposed by the County at a cost of $20K that would answer 12 key questions and would trigger a forensic audit if any wrongdoing was found.
The sponsors are either delusional or disingenuous or both.