Letter: Save money in Allenstown by voting for default budgets

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How do you feel now that your total Allenstown property tax went up because the 2017 reassessment that increased your property value was not offset by a sufficient decrease in the tax rate? Now is the time to vote for the smallest possible budgets.

The proposed town budget is $4,003,181. The default budget is $3,962,560, which is about $38,000 more than the 2017 budget. By voting No, you approve the lower default budget and save almost $41,000.

The proposed 2018-19 school budget is $10,077,085. The default 2018-19 school budget is $9,981,555. According to the Dept. of Education’s calculations, it will cost you $18,216 per student for the AES and ARD schools, which are ranked near the bottom of all New Hampshire schools. Tuition cost for Pembroke Academy has increased 5 percent to $13,462 per student.

By voting No, you are voting against the proposed 2018-19 school budget and in favor of the lower default school budget. This results in a tax savings of $202,853 over the current 2017-18 budget.

Michael Frascinella