Litchfield Budget Committee | Meeting Summary | Oct 13, 2022

The Litchfield Budget Committee held a meeting at Town Hall on October 13th at 7pm.  Members in attendance were John David Son (Chair), Kate Stevens (Vice Chair; attend remotely), Keri Douglas, William Hayes, Derek Barka, Scott Taylor, Brian Bourque, Tara Herschberger (School Board Representative), and Robert Leary (Selectmen Representative). Also in attendance were Kim Kleiner, Town Administrator; Karen White, Finance Director; John Brunelle, IT Director; Donna Ferguson, Library Chair; Ruth Ellen Whitney, Library Treasurer; Jeff Blackwell, Building Inspector; Michael French, Interim Police Administrator; Captain Thomas Scotti of the Police Department

Public Input

There was no public input.

The following department budgets were reviewed at this meeting:

  • 4241.20 – Code Enforcement
  • 4411.10 – Health Department
  • 4210.10 – Police Administration
  • 4210.40 – Police Support Services
  • 4414.10 – Animal Control
  • 4550.20 – Library
  • 4220.90 – Fire Hydrants
  • 4290.10 – Emergency Management
  • 4415.10 – Health Agencies
  • 4196.90 – Insurance
  • 4155.10 – Personnel Administration
  • 4197.10 – Advertising & Regional Associations
  • Preliminary Revenue Estimates
  • Preliminary Default Budget Calculation
  • Preliminary Tax Cap Calculation

Business Discussions

The Town 2023 Budget is currently $244,193 over the tax cap, or $419,193 (5.5%) more than the 2022 Budget. The committee will begin voting on each Town department budget on October 20th.

Residents are encouraged to attend Budget Committee meetings in person at Town Hall unless otherwise stated.  Public input is also invited before meetings via email to Chair John David Son at json@litchfieldnh.gov.  Emails must include the commenter’s first and last name and address for the meeting minutes. 

As a reminder, Budget Committee responses to posts on social media are limited.  Past meeting minutes and videos can be found here.

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