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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hampton Recount - Article 20
By Jerry Znoj @ 10:36 AM :: 2519 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

“It was determined that one ballot which was counted as a blank by the Accuvote machine was deemed that the voter’s intent was a yes vote thereby adding one vote yes to the total tally creating .....

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

“Something is wrong in Hampton”
By Norm Silberdick @ 6:01 PM :: 2575 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

We see this as yet another example of back room dealings that set a bad precedent and represent the unacceptable role that cronyism is playing in the management of Town affairs.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Post-Election Effect
By Norm Silberdick @ 11:14 AM :: 2480 Views :: 1 Comments :: Letters to the Editor

For the fifth time the voters of Hampton Falls have rejected an expansion to the Lincoln Akerman School. Einstein defined doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome as insanity. Now is an opportune time for the School Board to consider listening to the voters
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WHY WE CANNOT SUPPORT THE HAMPTON ACADEMY RENOVATION
By Norm Silberdick @ 8:59 PM :: 3823 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 :: 4072 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 :: 2621 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 :: 1517 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 :: 1962 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 :: 1473 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 :: 1628 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.

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