Sandown Selectmen Reviews Town’s Department Budgets

By Alex Malm

The Sandown Board of Selectmen continued to discuss proposed budgets for different departments during its Nov. 15 meeting.

For the Election Budget, Town Moderator Kevin Major said that the department’s budgets vary from year to year based on the number of different elections there are.

He said that this year they will have three electionst, the state primary, the town/ school elections in March and the general election in November.

Major said that the proposed budget amount is similar to this year’s. He said they are hoping to continue to have election support lines in the budget for a dedicated police officer, EMT and maintenance person for the duration of the election.

“We added that in again this year for the election,” Major said.

The Selectmen approved sending the proposed budget of $19,262 to the Budget Committee for further review.

Presenting the proposed Fire Department budget to the Selectmen was Sandown Fire Chief Michael Devine.

He said that one of the biggest changes for their proposed budget is for gas and diesel noting.

Devine said that they increased the line item by $2,000 saying that he wasn’t sure what the price for it is going to be next year.

“I will give you a hint it’s going to be more,” said Selectmen Tom Tombarello.

The Selectmen approved sending the total budget of $219,787 to the Budget Committee for further review.

Selectmen Jonathan Goldman abstained from the vote.

Tombarello said that based on the quality of services they get in town from the Fire Department he thought it was a good budget.

“For that kind of money we get a really good product,” he said.

Goldman, who also serves as the EMS Captain, presented the Rescue Department’s budget.

He explained that while they work with the fire department for budget purposes they are treated as two different ones.

“The only reason why we are a separate department is for the sake of this paper,” Goldman said.

Goldman said that the main budget line that increased in their proposed budget is for stipends which went up 5 percent. The increase was based on the Selectmen approving a raise for employees.

Overall Goldman said that the proposed budget is an increase of 3 percent.

The Selectmen approved sending the proposed budget of $62,075 to the Budget Committee for further review.

The next Sandown Board of Selectmen meeting is slated for Nov. 29 at 7 p.m.