Recent Hijackings in Town
By Ivan Beliveau - 1 October 2012: There have been no car-jackings reported in town. This may only be a risk in dangerous areas like some parts of New York City. However, there have been reports of hijackings in town.
Some members of the Goffstown school board (SB) have been saying for several years that it was “outrageous” that the Goffstown budget committee had been…well…hijacked by fiscal conservatives. Apparently this is a fate “worse than death” because it might become difficult for the SB to get all that it wants. However, that didn’t appear to be a real problem because the cost to educate a student has doubled over the last decade according to last year’s voter guide. Luckily that didn’t impact local taxes for reasons that aren’t readily apparent. That may not continue much longer.
There are actually many voters in town that feel the SB has been hijacked by the “big spenders.”
There are also many voters that feel that the Goffstown Board of Selectman (BOS) has been hijacked by the “big spenders.” The fact that many of these “big spenders” are Republicans (?) is odd.
Other older voters will remember the days when the Goffstown Taxpayers Association (GTA) opened its membership and was hijacked by the “big spenders” and ceased to operate.
The Goffstown Residents Association has apparently gone away for the time being.
The Goffstown Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility (GCFR), which was very effective for getting 300-400 voters to the previously sleepy, rubber-stamping town deliberative sessions, was hijacked by more of those odd Republicans of questionable pedigree.
The Budget Committee (BC) now has many more fiscal liberals. More spending may be approved.
The point to be made by the above is that the way is now clear for the “big spenders” to “play catch-up” and get the financial ball rolling again and…spend…spend…spend.
The Goffstown Capital Improvement Committee (CIP) items, which were pushed into the future, will now see the “light of day.” Millions of extra $$ will be budgeted and/or bonded.
The very ambitious growth plans of the School Administrative Unit, SAU 19 (SAU) will again be requested independent of any clear analysis of the growth (or decline) in the number of students and the reasons why so many students may be leaving the school system.
The town department budgets will be presented to the BOS and BC with big increases.
This does not mean that these projects are unjustified because there is a legitimate need to repair old, crumbling infrastructure, implement a good road plan and “grow the town.”
This does not mean that there isn’t a crushing problem emanating out of Washington, DC with the destruction of the purchasing power of the US $ (inflation – money “printing”.)
This does mean that these requests are happening at a time when many people are still “underwater” in their mortgages, without jobs/homes/savings/credit/pensions or 401K plans.
This does mean that between now and the end of March voter choices will decide the outcome.