Commissioners announce 2014 county budget


December 19, 2013
OSSIPEE — With the chairman of the board on his second week of a two-week vacation, the Dec. 11 Carroll County Commissioners' meeting was a relatively short hour and a half with the agenda kept light.

Commissioner David Babson led the meeting and announced the proposed 2014 county budget is $28,286,516, an increase of about $500,000 from 2013. Babson said the proposed 2014 budget does not yet include salary and related payroll expenses increases that are likely to result from union negotiations that are currently ongoing. He said the $500,000 increase can be attributed to two things – an increase of about $200,000 in the amount the county will owe NH Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services next year and $300,000 for an upgrade to the communications equipment in the county's emergency dispatching center.

The complete proposed 2014 budget can be found on the County website at www.carrollcountynh.net under the "Commissioner's Office" section. For those readers keeping tabs on the history of the county budget, back in 2011 it was $25.7 million.

Inmate meals

Based on a complaint from inmates that they were being underfed and were hungry after working full days in the fresh air on the county farm processing firewood, Babson made it a priority to convene a team to address the problem. He said he met with the jail superintendent, farm manager, and nursing home dietary director to figure out how to better fuel the inmates.

Whatever the plan was, it apparently worked. Within days, Babson said he had inmates thanking the county for providing "better food, more food." They are putting up roughly two hundred bags of firewood a day. They are working hard and should be fed properly with quality food," said Babson.

Jason Henry was announced as the jail's new assistant superintendent by his boss Superintendent Jason Johnson at the Dec. 11 commissioner's meeting. "We welcome you and hope we have a good working relationship," said Babson.

Later in the meeting, Babson confirmed the commissioners have contracted with the Concord-based law firm Rath, Young and Pignatelli and will spend up to $6,000 for that firm's investigation into complaints the jail's former second-in-command filed against the commissioners.

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