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February 4, 2013

N.H. deliberative sessions wind down this week

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Londonderry residents will hear details of the town’s proposed $27.5 million operating budget tonight at 7 in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

In addition to the budget, voters will discuss and debate more than a dozen warrant articles, including adding a police officer to serve as a school resource officer.

Voters also are being asked to add $710,000 to a capital reserve fund to purchase equipment like ambulances and highway trucks; $400,000 of that article would come from the town’s fund balance. They also will consider putting $200,00 into a maintenance trust fund for repairing and maintaining town facilities. Only $50,000 would come from property taxes, the remainder would be taken from the town’s fund balance.

A citizens petition resulted in a warrant article asking taxpayers to spend $227,000 to pave a one-mile section of the town’s rail trail system.

That’s not the end of floor debate for Londonderry taxpayers. The school district meeting is Friday at 7 p.m. in the Londonderry High School cafeteria.

Londonderry residents will hear details about the school district’s proposed $66 million budget.

Next year’s budget includes staff cuts and other reductions, due to less money coming to Londonderry in state adequacy funding.

Less money also is coming to town as a result of the state pushing higher retirement and health-care costs on to municipalities and school districts.

School officials did restore some funding to the original budget proposed by Superintendent Nate Greenberg, restoring 14 teaching aide jobs.

“If the state had not downshifted funds (to us), we would be returning money to the taxpayers,” School Board member Steve Young said. “That’s no fault of our own. The revenue from the state is just not there.”

Voters will also consider a warrant article for a $4.5 million bond for the renovation and construction of district buildings “as deemed appropriate.”

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