FULFILLING CAMPAIGN PROMISES OF FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY
The recently approved Windham School District budget included diesel fuel for the school buses that was projected to cost $4/gal. Before the May 5th Windham School Board (WSB) meeting, the price had been locked in at a rate of $2.01/gal – thereby producing an anticipated savings of $82K.
Three members of the WSB, Chairman Ken Eyring, Vice Chairman Tom Murray and School Board Member Daniel Popovici-Muller were proponents of freezing the surplus money because it was no longer needed “for the purpose that was approved by voters”. Without any action by the Board, the surplus funding would have been added to the General Fund, where it could have been expended for any other un-budgeted purpose.
Another example of fiscal responsibility and the fulfillment of campaign promises is related to Education Adequacy Aid. Over the past five years, the Windham School District has received nearly $12M less in Adequacy Aid than we should have from the State due to a flaw in the formula that short changes Windham Taxpayers. On May 7th, Chairman Eyring traveled to Concord to meet with Senate President Chuck Morse and Senator Nancy Stiles to discuss modifying the law to address the shortfall – which includes a whopping $3M for this year alone. He was joined by Windham Superintendent Winfried Feneberg, Bedford Superintendent Chip McGee and Bedford School Board Vice Chairman Scott Earnshaw.
Chairman Eyring reported the meeting went well, stating “Both Senators expressed their commitment and resolve to find a solution to remove the funding cap and provide the proper funding for the education of our children going forward.”
Windham Representative Dave Bates must also be recognized for fulfilling his campaign promise to spearhead this extremely important issue on behalf of Windham residents. His extensive efforts to reach out to many State Representatives and Senators towards finding an acceptable Adequacy Aid solution has been included into the House version of the State Budget. It is expected the Senate will also include a solution into the Senate version of the budget as well. There is still a lot of work to do, but there appears to be a commitment by a significant number of our State Legislators to find a solution to this issue.
The Windham Taxpayers Coalition applauds School Board Members Eyring, Murray and Popovici-Muller, as well as State Representative Bates for their excellent leadership and representation of Windham voters. Their commitment to fiscal responsibility is a fulfillment of their campaign promises to be good stewards of our taxpayer money.
Chairman, Windham Taxpayers Coalition