February 17 is our monthly meeting. We meet in Belmont at the New Hong Kong Buffet. We gather in the large room on the left near the buffet. Stop by for lunch with your liberty loving neighbors.
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Coming soon, LLL – Liberty Lunch in Laconia; with several folks living and working in Laconia, we’re planning a weekday lunch. Stay tuned here (you do get RSS feeds in your email, don’t you) for a the date and place when we get it together.
The Laconia Daily Sun reported on the county budget meeting. If one takes the time to read the source documents they will find that the Sun seriously lacks credibility, their spin on the facts could provide material for The Onion.
Here are the real details:
Representative Sylvia’s proposed budget appropriates approximately $400,000 for spending in 2018 over the actual spending of 2017. The reader should observe that the year end spending spree, approaching $150,000, reduced funds available to be returned to surplus. Much of that spending paid for items included in the commissioners’ 2018 budget.
Sylvia’s budget trims $23,211 from the corrections department from their 2017 spending level.
The bloated nursing home budget was reduced by $399,817 from the 2017 spending level.
The sheriff’s department has an increase over 2017 spending by $55,374.
The county attorney receives and increase of $31,854.
The Sun rounded up the cut to county maintenance from $38,954 to $40,000, but who can blame them, we all like round numbers.
Speaking of round numbers, not reported by the Sun, Sylvia rounded up UNH Cooperative Extension to $153,000, B.C. Conservation District to $62,000 and Community Action Program to $48,000.
More fun to come next Monday Jan. 29 at the county complex in Laconia.
The Belknap County delegation met on Monday Jan. 22 to work on the county budget for 2018. The county operates on a calendar year, so beginning on January 1, the county has no appropriations. While the county has long practiced a policy of continuing spending until a budget is finally set (generally in March), there is no authority in the statues which allow such a practice. In fact, the statutes are very clear, with no appropriation the county commissioners can spend no funds from the county treasury.
At the meeting a vote was taken which unanimously rejected the commissioners’ $29 million budget proposal. Another budget proposal, which would have set the budget level with 2017 spending, was also scrapped.
Rep. Sylvia had prepared a budget proposal to offer as a reasonable compromise. His budget kept the property tax increase down to 11%, and allowed for a 1.5% increase in spending for county operations.
Rather than taking a serious look at a well formed budget, Rep. Hout of Laconia, preferred to deploy a stalling tactic, and moved to adjourn the meeting. This irresponsible motion passed, and the delegation departed with no consideration of the lack of appropriations necessary to fund county operations.
This stalling adds another unnecessary meeting for which the taxpayers will shell out $600. Further, the taxpayers face a serious possibility of being forced to pay the legal costs of defending the county commissioners for misappropriating county funds.
The Belknap County board of commissioners have proposed a budget for 2018 which will have a whopping 33% increase on your property taxes payable to the county. Fortunately, the commissioners don’t have the power to make the appropriation. The county delegation has that authority, and they will meet on Monday January 22, 2018 to discuss and possibly vote on the appropriation.
You can find your delegation member/s (your state representatives) at the delegation page on the county web site. You can call or email to let them know how much more you would like to pay in your property tax bill. If you rent, you still pay property tax through your landlord, so feel free to voice your opinion.
I’m sure the delegation would be happy to see you watching over them as they decide how much to raise your taxes. The meeting is held at the county complex (next to the nursing home) at 34 County Drive, Laconia. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. so get there early to get a seat before the county employees fill the room.
January 20 is our monthly meeting. As always, if you’re looking for all things liberty related in New Hampshire check out this calendar.
Speaking of the NH Liberty calendar, there is an event scheduled for Sunday the 14th in Lincoln at the Woodstock Inn Brewery. Maybe we’ll have a heat wave rolling through by then.
I’m growing tired of Facebook, and some of you never got hooked on it (Congratulations!). It looks like you’d have to go to FB to RSVP to the event. I’ll tell you what, for those that are interested in going, leave a comment here by January 7th at 9:00 p.m. and I’ll go to FB and include you as a guest of mine.
If you are adding events to the NH Liberty calendar, please consider adding contact information that does not require FB. And if you want something posted here, email email@example.com
Belknap County Superior Court will assemble a new jury pool on January 8, 2018. We’ll be there to distribute some helpful information on the juror’s rights. We’ll be handing out flyers starting at 8:30.
We’ve been out regularly, every other week for each pool, for longer than I can recall. If you’d like to contribute to the effort we’ll be happy to accept a small donation. Bitcoin let’s you send funds with a minor transaction fee. Well that was the idea of Bitcoin. Now SegWit bitcoin cost $20-30 in fees, screw that.
With Bitcoin Cash your transaction fee is less than a dime!
Belknap County Superior Court will assemble a new jury pool on October 30, 2017. We’ll be there to distribute some helpful information on the juror’s rights. We’ll be handing out flyers starting at 8:30.
We’ve been out regularly, every other week for each pool, for longer than I can recall. We need to restock on flyers. If you’d like to contribute to the effort we’ll be happy to accept a small donation. Bitcoin let’s you send funds with a minor transaction fee. Well that was the idea of Bitcoin. Now SegWit bitcoin cost $2-3 in fees, screw that.
With Bitcoin Cash your transaction fee is less than a dime!
Let’s face it, we have all we need here in the lakes region. On Saturday, Oct 14th a few of us will take a short trip down to Manchester to support a very worthy cause.
Tammy Simmons is running for the board of aldermen in Manchester. I’m not a big fan of politics; for those that step up it’s a grind. If you are fortunate enough to have avoided the action on the inside, you have missed the reason you should support Tammy. You have missed seeing Tammy deliver the message of liberty to rooms full of statist; clearly, boldly, and passionately saying that which you scream at your news feed. You may be heard by your family and friends; Tammy pushes the message to those who would rather not hear the truth.
Please consider joining us for a few hours, I promise your investment of your valuable time will be well spent. Tammy is willing to do the hard work that comes after the election. The return on your investment is the delivery of the liberty message inside city hall. If you can’t make it Saturday, please share and look for other opportunities to help.