Town Councilor Questions
Budget Process for Derry

One of Derry’s newest Town Councilors has questioned the process by which the Council reviews budget requests.

Councilor David Fischer, representative for District 3, asked for a budget process discussion to be added to the agenda for April 15.

Fischer introduced his concerns by saying, “First, Mr. Budreau (acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau) gave us an overview and slide presentation of the working budget. I can’t find a copy of his presentation anywhere. The Council should have copies, and it should be on the Web site for the public.”

Fischer also questioned the current process, which involves additional Council meetings where Councilors and department heads go over each budget line by line. He pressed for earlier discussions on “whether we’re satisfied with the budget as a group.”

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Council: Now May Not Be
Time for Development Staffer

It’s an idea whose time may not yet have come.

That was the consensus of Derry Town Council members to a proposal by Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau to hire a Community Development Coordinator. While the Council took no formal vote on Budreau’s proposal, the general sense was that other pieces need to be in place first.

Budreau has included the position, at an estimated total of $112,000 including salary, benefits, subscriptions and supplies, in his proposed 2015 budget.

Council Chair Mark Osborne asked for the proposal to be included on the April 15 agenda, reasoning, “At some time that is going to come before us in the budget meetings. We may not have time then to have a substantial discussion. It’s a ‘Hatfield and McCoy’ issue.”

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Taylor Public Library Survives
Defunding Attack Once Again

With a sense of deja vu for those watching, the Taylor Library survived another challenge to its existence at the April 17 Town Council budget meeting.

While the library was fully funded in Acting Town Administrator Larry Budreau’s working budget, two Councilors thought the library’s services redundant, citing the larger Derry Public Library, and voted for defunding. The vote was 5-2 in favor of keeping the library funding, at least for now.

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