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Letter: Pittsfield budget matters

To the good citizens of Pittsfield: I went to the public hearing on the town and school budgets. I had heard at a selectmen’s meeting attended by Superintendent John Freeman that he had lost some good teachers to Epsom for what he believed were monetary reasons and that he didn’t want to lose any more. He told us a raise and a three-year contract would help.

In her State of the State address, Gov. Maggie Hassan noted that Pittsfield is seeing improvements because it is willing to look at education differently and has brought businesses, parents and the entire community together. We should reward success. With a cut in the operating budget, the school is proposing an overall reduction in the tax rate.

And now on to the town. Our choices are clear. The police need a contract. The town and police are proposing one that they think is beneficial to them and the town. I’ll probably vote for it. As for the water company – do we spend another $30,000 to work on acquiring the aqueduct? Some people say we can’t afford not to do it. Capital resources for road equipment – $250,000 or so. We have saved hardly any money in several years for equipment purchases. Either we raise the taxes $1 per thousand or use our fund balance, what should be our reserves.



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