October 31, 2013OSSIPEE — Though not on the Carroll County website, www.carrollcountynh.net, as of press time, elected officials here will be looking for companies who will submit bids on either of two upcoming projects – a performance audit of the business functions of the county business office and the tearing down of two wings of the old nursing home building.
At their Oct. 21 meeting the county delegation reiterated their earlier vote that two of the old nursing home's four wings must come down. County commissioners have been given the okay to spend $1 million to pay for the demolition and patch up the walls of the core once the wings are torn off as well as make roof repairs. The delegation decided to hold off on demolition of the other two wings for up to 18 months while a citizen's group works toward a plan of possibly converting those into a homeless shelter for veterans.
An estimate dated March 14, 2012 put the cost of demolishing two wings and installing a new wall at $230,600.
As for the performance audit, the delegation also gave their blessing Oct. 21 to move forward with the request for proposals for the Carroll County Performance Audit. A delegation subcommittee drafted the proposal and the delegation is now leaving it up to the county commissioners to get the project advertised. There is $20,000 set aside in the 2013 budget for performing the audit, but that money will likely now have to be carried over into 2014's budget to pay for the work next year.
The scope of work in the request for proposals is multi-layered and hits on several keys areas. It asks the winning firm to look at the financial controls in the county business office and report on what policies are in place, how the policies are being followed and suggestions for improvement. The firm is to study and report on the adherence of county staff to policies as they related to personnel matters, timekeeping, bidding, purchasing, and recordkeeping. The firm is expected to make recommendations on improving operational efficiencies including, but not limited to, the consideration of hiring a county administrator. They will also be asked to make recommendations about what, if any, areas should be subjected to further review or performance audit.
There has been much discussion this year among county officials on the topic of whether or not individual towns are getting the county services they are paying for. While that question is far from an easy one for anyone to answer, the taxpayers now do have a look at how much each town is paying to support county government this year.
In a spreadsheet released by N.H. Department of Revenue Administration, the total amount to be raised for county government through property taxes this year is $13,669,408.
The breakdown by Carroll County town and unincorporated place is as follows (the percentages are rounded for the purpose of this article): Albany .86 percent ($117,166), Bartlett 7.7 percent (1,046,421), Brookfield .75 percent ($102,014), Chatham .42 percent ($57,706), Conway 11.6 percent ($1,587,618), Eaton .84 percent ($115,443), Effingham 1.45 percent ($198,596), Freedom 3.63 percent ($496,440), Hale's Location .60 percent ($81,946), Hart's Location .12 percent ($16,587), Jackson 2.9 percent ($391,696), Madison 3.69 percent ($504,505), Moultonborough 22.17 percent ($3,030,819), Ossipee 5.5 percent ($745, 153), Sandwich 3.55 percent ($485,546), Tamworth 2.6 percent ($355,813), Tuftonboro 8.2 percent $1,122,591, Wakefield 7 percent ($958,440), and Wolfeboro 16.5 percent ($2,254,908).