, Derry, New Hampshire


April 11, 2013

Reality check


It’s also the place 2,906 card-holders can rightly call “my library.” That’s 200 patrons more than there were in 2011.

In 2012, 213 programs drew 5,822 children through the opening in the white picket fence, past the flagpole, up the path to the familiar front door. That’s the same door Alan B. Shepard walked through many times to enter the building his uncle gave to the town.

A casual poll of Town Council members reveals there’s likely not enough support for Anderson’s proposal and it appears unlikely the door to Taylor Library will close July 1. But it is on the table, it’s in ink in Anderson’s budget and it’s a very real option.

In his budget message, Anderson said, “I believe the Derry Public Library is better positioned and able to provide the library services desired by our citizens today and in the future.”

Those are fighting words to many. Officials at Derry Public Library aren’t saying much. Undoubtedly, they’re concerned their own $1.3 million budget pass through the council’s hands unscathed.

That’s a big number, as is the $37.1 million plan with a big fat zero in the column after Taylor Library.

There are other big numbers to consider. If Anderson’s budget is accepted as proposed, the town would see a municipal tax rate of $10.48, 13 cents less than the rate allowed under the tax cap.

Then there’s another whopping figure to consider, the $81.9 million school budget voters approved last month.

The tax rate for Derry property owners now stands at $30.48 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. It’s only going to go up.

Two new town councilors, Mark Osborne and Tom Cardon, ran on platforms of limiting spending and reining in the galloping tax rate hikes. The people spoke at the polls last month.

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