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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Warrant Articles to be Vehemently Opposed
By Norm Silberdick @ 11:10 AM :: 5314 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, November 20, 2016

Selectmen increase Budget to include $700,00 in wage increases
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:43 AM :: 2471 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?

Monday, August 15, 2016

LET THE EXPERTS DO THEIR JOB
By Jerry Znoj @ 8:26 AM :: 2302 Views :: 1 Comments :: MoneyFlow

We hear this so many times when it comes to capital acquisitions, budgeting, manpower requests and the like that we wonder if anybody is truly managin...
Monday, May 23, 2016

Town Attorney's presentation designed to put Town Officials in a positive light and mislead the public
By Norm Silberdick @ 9:30 PM :: 2259 Views :: 1 Comments :: MoneyFlow

Before embarking on a course of making changes that would weaken and reduce the benefits to the taxpayers from the Purchasing Policy by increasing the dollar threshold and/or reducing the required number of bidders, wouldn’t it make more sense to conduct an investigation and analysis to get to the bottom of why Hampton is having so much trouble getting 3 qualified bidders on projects exceeding $15,000. Thus far all we’ve heard is “off the cuff” opinions from the Town Manager and some of the Selectmen.

It appeared to us that the Town Attorney’s intent last week was to defend the actions of the Town Manager, Finance Director and Board of Selectmen related to the $444,000 encumbered on December 21, 2015. While we understand and accept that the Town Attorney may receive direction from the Board of Selectmen, we believe his clients are ultimately the citizens of the Town of Hampton. In our opinion, the presentation by the Town Attorney last week was designed to put Town Officials in a positive light and mislead the public. An objective legal opinion looking out for the interest of the citizens of Hampton would have been more appropriate.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fire department Unions' Warrant Articles Unworthy of support
By Norm Silberdick @ 8:53 AM :: 6030 Views :: 1 Comments :: MoneyFlow, Letters to the Editor

Rational Taxpayers of Hampton is not supporting the proposed Warrant Articles for the Fire department unions that are on the ballot March 10, 2015. We are not opposed to giving the Fire Department employees a raise, in fact, we have supported all Town union Warrant Articles since 2011, but we have issues with this particular negotiation.

Our concerns are as follows:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Will Voters approve an 18% Increase to Town of Hampton Spending on March 10th???
By Norm Silberdick @ 7:04 AM :: 5583 Views :: 1 Comments :: MoneyFlow, Letters to the Editor

It was noted in a February 13th Hampton Union Editorial on the Deliberative Session that “In Hampton, those in attendance — the majority of whom were current and former town employees and residents who serve on town committees — added back $772,260 to the town's proposed operating budget by secret ballot vote.”