Coyle also said Derry should not spend $20,000 to pay a farmers market director.
“Our market is nice, but it’s not great,” he said. “Do we really want to spend $20,000 on that? Is it nice to have with a $10.49 tax rate?”
Market manager Beverly Ferrante will be paid $21,800 this year.
Janet Fairbanks, also a former town councilor, said the market idea was near and dear to her heart six years ago when she helped hatch the market plan.
Now, she said the market is costing the town too much money.
“This was never meant to be a tax burden to Derry taxpayers — ever,” Fairbanks said.
The Town Council meeting and final budget/CIP vote is set for May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the municipal center’s third-floor meeting room.