, Derry, New Hampshire

April 17, 2014

Londonderry spending freeze still in effect

By Julie Huss

---- — LONDONDERRY — The town’s spending freeze is doing the trick.

That’s the word from Town Manager Kevin Smith, who said the nonessential town spending freeze is helping keep budgets in check.

Smith gave an update on the freeze at a Town Council meeting April 7.

“And the news is good,” he told councilors.

He said the town was “closing the gaps” in terms of where things should be at this time of the year.

The measure was put into effect in February. Earlier this year, Smith told councilors the town had overspent its snow budget and that fire overtime costs were still a concern.

By the end of March, Smith said the town’s spending should have been at about 75 percent.

Last year at this time, he said, the town was at 72 percent of its spending.

“We’re still a little over,” he said, “at 77.4 percent at the end of March.”

Smith said every department head knew they had work to do to keep spending and expenses in check.

He said he will continue to watch the situation and the freeze remains in place through this month.

“We’ll then see what we want to do for May and June,” Smith said.