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Police Budget Stretched by Overtime Demands
by Barbara O’Brien Last year at this time, it was the
Windham Fire Department that was dealing with unanticipated overtime. This year, it is the Windham Police Department that is dealing with the issue.
According to Assistant Town Administrator and Financial Director Dana Call, the unforeseen extended absence of several patrol officers, due to injuries, disabilities and military leave, has caused the overtime budget for 2012 to be overspent for this time of the year. As of March 31, which is 25 percent into the year, the overtime police budget was 51.9 percent expended. Out of the $107,110 budgeted for overtime, $55,544 had been spent by the end of March. Call said that
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there would be some anticipated savings in the regular salary line, however, which should help to offset the high overtime costs incurred so far this year. Regular salaries are budgeted at a total of $1,292,395 for
this year. As of March 31, $1,030, 998 (20.2 %) of that amount had been expended.
Call had good news when it comes to money spent on winter highway maintenance during the first three months of the year. “The expenditures for plowing and sanding represent the lowest costs for this three-month period since 2004,” Call told selectmen. The reason, of course, was that this past winter wound up having one of the lowest snowfalls on record for this part of New England. Selectmen’s Chairman Bruce Breton said that he estimates there will be between $50,000 and $80,000 left in this portion of the highway budget by year’s end; unless, of course, the end of 2012 winds up being snowier or icier than normal. Breton told Call that he wants any leftover highway winter maintenance money returned to the general fund to help offset next year’s tax rate. Overall, the amount of money spent on vehicle fuel is running within budget, Call stated. The amount budgeted for 2012 was $3.52 per gallon for regular gasoline, while diesel fuel was budgeted at $3.60. The average price paid for regular gas during March 2012 was $3.52, exactly what was budgeted, while the cost of diesel in March was
$3.82; which is 22 cents higher than the amount budgeted. The price of propane being paid out of town coffers is fixed at $2.02, while heating oil is fixed at $3.24.5 per gallon, Call said. Both of these prices are below current market pricing. Heating oil is used in three of the town-owned facilities; the Bartley House, the Searles School and Chapel and the Senior Center. Propane is used in all other town buildings.
As for incoming revenue, Call reported that most items are in line with expectations. “We need a few more months of activity to determine if budgeted amounts remain reasonable,” she said.
A $45,662 reimbursement from
the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), for local expenses incurred during last October’s major snowstorm, will be added to the 2011 fund balance and used to help offset the 2012 tax rate, an amount to be determined by the New Hampshire Department of Revenue Administration (DRA) this coming October.
As of the end of the first quarter of this year, $2,559,364 of the total $12,794,605 budgeted for all of 2012 had been spent; leaving a balance of $10,235,241 for the remainder of the year.
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the state constitution. I hope that at least one of these legal challenges is successful and a district that is constitutional and fair for the people of Pelham can result from it.” He added that legal action could have been
avoided, “if House leadership had been willing to listen to alternative plans proposed to fix the problem of communities being disenfranchised. Pelham has the right to four members of the legislature and anything less is unconstitutional.”
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Concord and Manchester also filed challenges to the law currently under review by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), who will determine if it violates the federal Voting Rights Act. The act, passed in 1965, outlaws discriminatory voting practices and prevents minority vote dilution. It requires the DOJ to approve any proposed voting change which may result in discrimination. The Legal Defense Fund (LDF), one of the main defenders of the Voting Rights Act, notes that, “During the redistricting process, state and local officials may create districts that fairly reflect minority voting strength, or they may move to dismantle districts that provide minority voters an opportunity to elect candidates of their choice.” The LDF makes sure that during redistricting, districts that are constructed are fair to minority voters. The Pelham Board of Selectmen has not yet considered filing a suit or an amicus brief. BOS Chair Bill McDevitt stated, “We’ve had no discussion about it. Our next meeting is after the May 3 initial hearing on all three. If the suits go forward after that it would be speculation about what the Board might do.” “The suit filed by Mary Jane
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Pelham is represented through Hal and I will support him in whatever he wants to undertake under the suit.”
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have filed emergency motions to intervene before the hearing on Thursday.
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