DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

May 29, 2014

Londonderry spending freeze still in effect

Town could lift it next month

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — The town’s spending freeze may end soon.

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 May 19.

By June 1, Smith said, he will look at where budgets stand and what kind of fiscal shape the town is in.

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

At this point, Smith said, the fire department has spent about 92 percent of its budget. The number should be around 91 percent.

He said he was happy with the efforts that department was making to save money.

“I appreciate their efforts keeping (the budget) where it should be,” Smith said.

Legal bills are still costing the town a lot, Smith added, due to litigation involving the town.

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 did the prudent thing by putting the freeze on months ago,” he said.