Here’s the bottom line: Less than 100 citizens of Derry attended the deliberative session on Feb. 2 to vote on an almost $82 million dollar budget. Voter inattention, and a process that is often poorly understood, will now result in our citizens paying for a significant tax increase this fall.
We have a great community. We have wonderful citizens but we cannot survive as a thriving successful community if our tax burden forces those very citizens, who have made Derry great, to leave because it is no longer affordable for them. We must restore the balance between wants and needs and be mindful of the affordability of our actions — that begins and ends with responsible budgeting.
State Senator Jim Rausch