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2014 Town of Belmont Proposed Budget Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Corner Meeting House.

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1 2014 Town of Belmont Proposed Budget Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 6:30 p.m. Corner Meeting House

2 Budget Committee Members Norma Patten2014 Fred Wells2014 Sue Harris2014 Herman Martin2014 Mark Roberts2015 Tina Fleming2015 Ward Peterson2015 Ken Ellis2016 Ron Mitchell2016 Tracey LeClair2016 Albert Akerstrom2016 Ruth Mooney, Selectmen’s Representative2015

3 Important Dates to Remember Final Date for Petition Warrant Articles is the 2 nd Tuesday in January – January 14, 2014 First Budget Hearing shall be held before the 3 rd Tuesday in January, final posting for the hearing shall be the 2 nd Tuesday in January – January 21, 2014 Warrant shall be posted on or before the last Monday in January – January 27, 2014 Deliberative Session shall be held between the first and second Saturdays following the last Monday in January, inclusive of those Saturdays – February 1 – 8 th, 2014 Town Meeting – Ballot Voting – March 11, 2014

4 Summary of Important Changes 2014 Proposed Budget: In preparation of changes relating to the Affordable Care Act, the Town of Belmont will be implementing changes in health care options as of January 1, These changes will include increased office call, emergency and urgent care and prescription co-pays. Also effective January 1, 2014, those employees continuing to elect the POS (Blue Choice) coverage will be paying 17% of the cost of the coverage. Employees choosing the HMO (Matthew Thornton) coverage will be paying 13% of the cost of the coverage. NH Retirement System rates have increased and are included throughout the Town’s 2014 proposed budget. The rates are as follows: Police 25.3%, Fire 27.74% and Regular Employees 10.77%. Non-Union staff wage increases have been budgeted anticipating an overall 3% increase; this includes one-step with a 1% COLA. Additional increases may be budgeted where warranted by the Department Head and will be outlined during their budget presentation. The Town has reached a tentative agreement with the Public Works Union and we continue to negotiate with the Public Safety Union. Warrant Articles will be included on the 2014 warrant to address costs related to unions.

5 #1 Executive Budget Proposed 2014: $308, Prior Year’s Appropriation: $316, % of Change: -3 % July 15, 2013 Dedication Photo from Left to Right: Selectman Ronald Cormier, Selectman Ruth Mooney, Selectman Jon Pike, Heritage Commission members Wallace Rhodes and Alyce Jewell.

6 Town Clerk/Finance Administration 2014 #2 Town Clerk Functions 2014 Proposed: $93, Prior Year’s appropriation: $89, % of Change: +5.18% Changes which occurred in 2013: Part Time Clerks eliminated from Town Clerk Functions and Finance Administration; position was changed to one full time clerk effective 9/21/2013. #4 Finance Administration 2014 Proposed: $230, Prior Year’s appropriation: $220, % of Change: +6.03% Changes which occurred in 2013: A new Finance Director’s position was created in March, the position is considered part-time, 30-hours per week. In addition the Accounting Assistant is full time to the department and no longer a shared position with Conservation, Building and Land Use.

7 #3 Elections & Registrations 2014 Proposed: $7, Prior Year’s Appropriation: $3, Increases are due to the number of elections in Supervisor’s of the Checklist: Donna Shepherd2014 Nikki Wheeler2015 Brenda Paquette2019

8 #6 Property Taxation Budget Proposed 2014: $52, Prior Year’s Appropriation: $55, % of Change: -6.78% The 2013 Tax Rate is: Town: $7.53 County: $1.13 Local School: $11.67 State Ed: $2.11 Total Rate: $22.44 Net Change from 2012 Rate: $.74 cents Last year’s total tax rate was $21.70 which broke down as follows: Town: $7.42 County: $1.19 Local School: $10.93 State Ed: $2.16 The Measure and List is complete as part of the 2014 Revaluation; work will begin this fall to data enter the information gathered and the Sales Analysis will be completed. Property Owners will be advised of their new values in the summer of 2014 and these values will be used in the calculation of the 2014 Tax Rate.

9 #6 Legal Budget 2014 Proposed: $35, Prior Year’s Appropriation: $35, % of Change: None

10 Land Use and Conservation Commission #7 Land Use Budget Proposed 2014: $298, Prior Year’s Appropriation: $296, % of Change: +.82% Highlighted changes include elimination of part-time clerk position and shared lease/purchase of a Plotter/Plan Scanner/Printer and Vehicle Repair, Maintenance and Fuel. #24 Conservation Commission Budget Proposed 2014: $25, Prior Year’s Appropriation: $24, % of Change: +4.4% Highlighted changes include elimination of part-time clerk position and an increase in the Commission’s project line. Numerous projects are on-going including the Commission’s support of the Covered Foot Bridge relocation from the City of Dover.

11 Bridge on the move! Picture courtesy of Ken Knowlton

12 #8 General Government Buildings Budget Proposed 2014: $199, Prior Year’s appropriation: $191, % of Change: +4.36% Highlighted changes include relocation of the Parks & Recreation Department to the 2 nd floor classroom formerly occupied by the LRCC. A complete architectural study will be undertaken over the next year to determine cost and viability of moving all of the Town Hall offices to the Mill at the conclusion of the CDBG grant period in Additional funds have been added in 2014 to cover upkeep of the new landscaping on Main Street. Belmont Mill and Bandstand, September 2013

13 Cemeteries and Insurance Not Allocated #9 Cemetery Budget Proposed 2014: $12, Prior Year’s appropriation: $8, % of Change: +48% #10 Insurance Not Allocated Budget Proposed 2014: $163, Prior Year’s appropriation: $147, % of Change: +10.4% Highlighted changes include the Town’s participation in the Unemployment Compensation Program offered by Primex and overall rate increase for coverage. under Worker’s Compensation and Property Liability. The Town’s coverage for each is through Primex.

14 #11 Police Department Budget Proposed 2014: $1,823, Prior Year’s appropriation: $1,763, % of Change: +3.43%. Belmont Police Cruiser at “Touch a Truck” Day, Photo courtesy of Special Events Coordinator Shana Agan

15 #12 Fire Department Budget Proposed 2014: $1,536, Prior Year’s appropriation: $1,475, % of Change: +4.1% Highlighted changes include a proposal for a new Firefighter and inclusion of the costs for LRMFA in lieu of being in the Town’s County tax for Belmont Ladder Truck at “Touch a Truck” Day, Photo courtesy of Special Events Coordinator Shana Agan

16 Building Inspection & Emergency Management #13 Building Inspection Budget Proposed 2014: $79, Prior Year’s appropriation: $77, % of change: +2.44% Highlight of changes include shared lease/purchase of a Plotter/Scanner/Printer for large plans. #14 Emergency Management Budget Proposed 2014 $8, Prior Year’s appropriation: $8, % of change: 0%

17 Highway Administration, Highways & Streets, Street Lighting, and Highway Block Grant #15 Highway Administration Proposed 2014 Budget: $60, Prior year’s appropriation: $57, % of change: +4% Highway Block Grant Proposed 2014 Budget: $166, Street Lighting Proposed 2014 Budget: $11, Highways & Streets Proposed 2014 Budget: $1,012, Prior year’s appropriation: $948, % of change: +6.83%

18 Solid Waste Administration, Collection & Disposal #16 Solid Waste Administration, Collection & Disposal Proposed 2014 Budget: $537, Prior year’s appropriation: $530, % of change: +1.3% The Town has been working closely with Bestway/Casella to formulate a Solid Waste Management plan for the future which best meets the needs of the community. A contract and host agreement are being drafted and will be effective January 1, Recycling

19 Health Agencies & General Assistance #19 Health Agencies Proposed 2014 Budget: $61, Prior year’s appropriation: $59, % of change: +2.5% The Town received an additional request for 2014 from the Franklin VNA & Hospice which represents the change in the budget. #20 General Assistance Administration Proposed 2014 Budget: $67, Prior year’s appropriation: $65, % of change: +3.9% General Assistance Vendor Payments Proposed 2014 Budget: $155, Prior year’s appropriation: $169, % of change: -7.9%

20 #21 Parks & Recreation Proposed 2014 Budget: $93, Prior year’s appropriation: $92, % of change: + 1% Town Beach Proposed 2014 Budget: $17, Prior year’s appropriation: $17, % of change: -1% Photo courtesy of Janet Breton, Parks & Recreation Director

21 #22 Library Proposed 2014 Budget: $132, Prior year’s appropriation: $121, % of change: +8.7% We would like to welcome new Librarian Becky Albert, please stop by and say “hi”. Steve Blunt Returns to Belmont!!! - Photo courtesy of the Belmont Library

22 Patriotic Purposes #23 Patriotic Purposes Proposed 2014 Budget: $20, Prior year’s appropriation: $20, % of change: +1% Photos courtesy of Shana Agan, Special Event Coordinator – taken at “Touch a Truck Day”

23 #23 Other Culture (Heritage Commission) Proposed 2014 Budget: $7, Prior year’s appropriation: $6, % of change: +17% Several exciting initiatives are underway sponsored by the Heritage Commission; please visit for more information. Belmont Historical Bandstand on the move!

24 #17 Sewer Proposed 2014 Budget: $508, Prior year’s appropriation: $491, % of change: 3.47% The Town completed in 2013, the replacement of 5 Sewer Pump Stations, pictured here is the station at Sandy Beach. Funding for the project was provided by the State Revolving Fund (SRF) and repayment will take place over a 10-year period at 1.70%. Photo courtesy of Land Use Technician Rick Ball

25 Water Department #18 Water Department Proposed 2014 Budget: $259, Prior year’s appropriation: $629, % of change: -59% The Town has successfully completed Phase 1 of the waterline replacement project and Phase II will begin in the spring.

26 Debt Service #26 Debt Service, Principal and Interest, and TAN Proposed 2014 Budget: $100, Prior year’s appropriation: $100, The Town recently completed two projects funded by State Revolving Funds; both projects will be repaid over a 10-year period with a repayment rate of 1.70% through User Fees in the Water & Sewer Department budgets.

27 Capital Capital Outlay, Equipment, Vehicles & Machinery, Improvements Buildings & Other 2014 appropriations requested: $377,500 Prior year’s appropriations: $225, Capital Reserve 2014 appropriations requested: $1,035, Prior year’s appropriations: $944,500.00


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