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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WHY WE CANNOT SUPPORT THE HAMPTON ACADEMY RENOVATION
By Norm Silberdick @ 8:59 PM :: 14809 Views :: 1 Comments :: SAU 90, Letters to the Editor

The cost of the renovation and expansion adds $4,000 to $5,000 a year, each year, for the next 25 years to the per pupil cost of educating a Hampton Academy student; this is excessive and insensitive to taxpayers.

In 2013, NESDEC enrollment projections were used as supporting information for the $588,000 expansion of Center School. However, actual enrollments have declined even faster than those projections and school administrators are planning to use vacant space at Center School to temporarily house the SAU90 Administrative offices.

On a financial level, since 2001 the SAU90 cost per pupil has more than doubled from $7,342 to $15,769 in 2016, way beyond general inflation. This is based on information published by the State of NH Department of Education. If the Academy renovation and expansion is approved

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Warrant Articles to be Vehemently Opposed
By Norm Silberdick @ 11:10 AM :: 7024 Views :: 1 Comments :: SAU 21, MoneyFlow, Salary Increase, Letters to the Editor

Hampton’s long term debt will more than double

As we get closer to the March election there are several warrant articles that Rational Taxpayers of Hampton are vehemently opposed to. After factoring in the interest expense associated with proposed bonds, the overall request is to authorize $50 million of additional spending for 2017. This amount of new spending is incomprehensible to us given that this is essentially equal to Hampton’s total property taxes collected last year. To be clear, property taxes will not double in 2017, but Hampton’s long term debt will more than double.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Woolsey APPALLED
By Woolsey, Mary-Louise @ 11:26 PM :: 4800 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Upon reviewing this report (“IT ENVIRONMENT REVIEW REPORT”),... I am APPALLED at the outcome.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Hampton Taxpayer's Deepening Concerns
By Norm Silberdick @ 6:10 PM :: 2427 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

We wouldn’t be surprised to see an attempt orchestrated by surrogates to the Selectmen to eliminate the Budget Committee in conjunction with a 2017 Warrant Article, all part of an effort to reduce accountability and to concentrate more power with the Board of Selectmen.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Selectmen increase Budget to include $700,00 in wage increases
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:43 AM :: 3211 Views :: 1 Comments :: MoneyFlow, Salary Increase, Letters to the Editor

The majority of the Operating budget increase is payroll related, in many cases driven by unnecessarily generous wage increases, including several salary increases which were in the 5% to 10% range. It can be characterized as “Death by 1000 cuts” as approximately $700,000 in increases is spread across 75 wage and benefit line items with a median line item increase of 4.3%. Six overtime lines across several departments increased collectively by $110,000. This is particularly disturbing given that actual spending on overtime had already increased from $1.2 million in 2013 to $1.5 million in 2015. Overtime is a significant factor driving up pension benefits. Is it really necessary to increase overtime by 35% or 40% over a 4-year period?

Friday, November 11, 2016

VARIOUS ITEMS
By Norm Silberdick @ 8:53 PM :: 2244 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

It was recently reported that the average 2016 tax bill for a single-family home in Hampton decreased by $200 from the prior year. This was based upo...
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hampton taxpayers shot across bow
By Norm Silberdick @ 10:30 AM :: 2484 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

there will be a significant shift in taxes to residential properties

At their last meeting the Selectmen granted raises of 2-3% for Department Heads and other non-union employees as compared with 1.5% last year and 1% the year before. Looks like a trend of increased spending. In addition, there was one notable exception, that being the Police Chief, who received a 10%, $10,000 increase. The accounting for the raises, which will have an annual impact of about $38,000, was done in a manner to obfuscate the amount ...

this is a warning shot across the bow of the taxpayers that they have to be more diligent in paying attention to local government officials.

Monday, July 11, 2016

The Town of Hampton is Budgeting again!
By Jerry Znoj @ 7:01 PM :: 2307 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

If the recommendations for change do not occur it will be business as usual and the cry of “we have always done it this way “will rise and true progress will not occur. Stagnation in this process will only lead to higher costs and taxpayer impact. We embrace change agents not a status quo philosophy.

The more that the Town analyzes its costs and uses techniques to incorporate forward thinking and strategic planning the better our community.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Taxpayer group questions town leadership over sewer replacement project
By Jerry Znoj @ 2:13 AM :: 2412 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

The DPW in Hampton has engaged, or is in the process of engaging, Wright Pierce Engineering to do a cost study on re-locating new sewer discharge pipe...
Thursday, March 31, 2016

To School boards: Say No to a special Meeting for Winnacunnet High School Teachers Contract
By Norm Silberdick @ 5:55 AM :: 2972 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

Unions that operate statewide in New Hampshire represent most school district employees, as well as most municipal employees. These employees play a major role and are generally successful in electing School board members and Selectmen sensitive to their interests.

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