And there’s not a darn thing you can do about it.
Suck it up and be happy. This is the SAU hearing the message of the voters in March.
It is also the clear result of towns (other than Sandown) voting last March to approve the warrant article putting the SAU budget back into the Timberlane and Hampstead budgets, thereby denying voters the right to vote default on the SAU’s budget from here on in.
This is your new spendthrift SAU. Their budget is up 7.6% over last year and that’s with a default budget. Next year it will be up 11.5%. And in 2016-17? The Fat Boy Burger Special with fries and onion rings.
A public hearing on this budget is scheduled for Nov. 11 at 7 pm in the SAU office. The public will not have the opportunity to vote on this budget then or ever. This is what subservience feels like — the subservience of your elected representatives to the wishes of the administration rather than the will of the voters.
*CORRECTION: Previous version of this post said the merit pool was 3.75%. That calculation inadvertently included the superintendent’s raise which I realize is not properly included in the merit pool. Removing that, the merit pool is 3.3%.