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  • My name is Paul Punturieri and I am here to present the case for SB2
  • Moultonboro Citizens Alliance Sb2 Upload

    1. 1. SB2 Presentation March 2nd 2009 Presented by the Moultonboro Citizens Alliance
    2. 2. What’s SB2? <ul><li>A voting initiative- nothing more </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not a change in government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only changes who can vote, when we vote and how we vote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If someone tells you something different they are mistaken ( NH RSA40:13 ) </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. What’s SB2? <ul><ul><li>Per the NH Dept. of Revenue Administration ( SB2 Tech Asst. Rev. 05/08 ): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SB2 is a form of town meeting that has 2 sessions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A deliberative session- articles can be explained, discussed, debated and amended in exactly the same format as Town Meeting </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. What’s SB2? <ul><ul><li>Per the NH Dept. of Revenue Administration ( SB2 Tech Asst. Rev. 05/08 ): </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Followed about 30 days later by: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A voting session- articles as presented or amended will be placed on the official ballot and voted upon in a voting booth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All registered voters can vote </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Is SB2 new? <ul><ul><li>Around by statute since 1996 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More than half *of NH town voters vote under SB2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only about a third of New Hampshire towns operate under a traditional town meeting ( New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies 2/16/2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* As of 2006 and growing. Source: NH DRA </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. NH SB2 Schools ( as of 2008 Source: NH Dept. of Rev. Admin.)
    7. 7. NH SB2 Towns ( as of 2008 Source: NH Dept. of Rev. Admin .)
    8. 8. 51 % (32 of 63) of SB2 Towns are the same size or smaller than Moultonborough ( Source: NH Office of State Planning and Estimates )
    9. 9. SB2 Facts <ul><li>Moultonborough is NOT a “small town” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>( Per the NH Center for Public Policy a “small town” is under 2,500 in population) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moultonborough’s Population is more than 5000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source: NH Office of State Planning and Estimates </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. What really happens with SB2? According to the NH Center for Public Policy…. <ul><li>You may hear … </li></ul><ul><li>The fastest way to destroy a school district is with SB2 </li></ul><ul><li>The facts? </li></ul><ul><li>The difference in approved budgets in SB2 and traditional Town Meeting districts is negligible </li></ul><ul><li>73 Schools/Districts have adopted SB2 since 1996 (Source:NH DRA) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not a single one has ever rescinded it. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Source: The Effect of the Official Ballot Referendum Form of Meeting on the Towns and School Districts of New Hampshire, NH Center for Public Policy </li></ul>
    11. 11. What really happens with SB2? According to the NH Center for Public Policy…. <ul><li>People don’t vote their pocketbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Higher appropriations per capita were proposed and approved in SB2 municipalities than in traditional town meeting towns </li></ul><ul><li>The difference ( in appropriations per capita) among school districts was statistically negligible. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: The Effect of the Official Ballot Referendum Form of Meeting on the Towns and School Districts of New Hampshire, NH Center for Public Policy </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><ul><li>4100- approximate number of registered voters in Moultonborough </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1307 (32% of registered voters) - the number of people that voted at the ballot box March 9, 2008 </li></ul></ul>With SB2: Every registered voter can vote unlike Town Meeting
    13. 13. Who voted at Town Meeting? <ul><ul><li>At town meeting March 13, 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>454 (11% of registered voters)- the number of people that voted on Article 9 (Recreation Center) before lunch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>285 (7% of registered voters)- the number of people that voted on Article 10 after lunch </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Who voted at Town Meeting? <ul><li>“ When something goes before the deliberative session, they choose, the people don’t choose. It’s a minority choosing how a majority will vote.” Moultonborough Selectmen , Meredith News February 5th, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Before Lunch: </li></ul><ul><li>9 Articles ( 454 voters) </li></ul><ul><li>$375,000 in appropriations </li></ul><ul><li>After Lunch: </li></ul><ul><li>28 Articles (285 to 172 voters) on </li></ul><ul><li>$9,119,269 in appropriations </li></ul><ul><li>By the end of the day, less than 2% of registered </li></ul><ul><li>voters decided warrant articles </li></ul>
    15. 15. Who voted at Town Meeting? <ul><ul><li>February 7, 2009 - Barrington deliberative session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>had 400+ attendees exceeding the capacity of the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>auditorium. The Fire Chief declared a fire hazard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and ordered the meeting be moved to the school's </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gymnasium </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Who voted at Town Meeting? <ul><ul><li>The warrant article hearings this year for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moultonborough, where citizens can express views </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>were attended by less than 40 people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>( including the Selectmen and town officials) </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Who voted at Town Meeting? <ul><ul><li>Includes Elected Officials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007- Moultonborough School District- 102 Attendees or 2.5 % of registered voters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2006- Moultonborough School District- 78 Attendees or less than 2% of registered voters </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. With SB2: Every registered voter can vote unlike Town Meeting <ul><ul><li>You have no vote at Town Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If you are away in the military or other service to your country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You are a retiree away for the winter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unable or can’t afford to leave work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sick </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. <ul><li>RSA 40:13 as explained by the NH DRA: </li></ul><ul><li>A default budget is the budget that is adopted </li></ul><ul><li>if the proposed operating budget fails </li></ul><ul><li>The town must prepare an operating budget and a default budget </li></ul><ul><li>The default budget and operating budget shall be disclosed at the first budget hearing. </li></ul>Budgets and SB2
    20. 20. <ul><li>RSA 40:13 as explained by the NH DRA: </li></ul><ul><li>A hearing on the entire budget and default budget must be held prior to posting the warrant </li></ul>Budgets and SB2
    21. 21. <ul><li>RSA 40:13 as explained by the NH DRA: </li></ul><ul><li>What is the entire budget? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Operating budget plus…. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special warrant articles ( any appropriations including petitioned articles) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individual warrant articles ( includes contractual obligations) </li></ul></ul></ul>Budgets and SB2
    22. 22. <ul><li>Critical distinction: </li></ul><ul><li>Special and individual warrant articles are separate </li></ul><ul><li>from the operating budget </li></ul>Budgets and SB2
    23. 23. <ul><li>RSA 40:13 as explained by the NH DRA: </li></ul><ul><li>If no operating budget article is adopted, the town/school may hold a special meeting to address a revised operating budget. </li></ul><ul><li>Default budgets take far less time to prepare than the proposed operating budget </li></ul><ul><li>Default budgets can be amended up until the ballots are printed </li></ul><ul><li>*In most SB2 Towns this year, proposed operating budgets are lower then the default budgets </li></ul>Budgets and SB2
    24. 24. <ul><li>Meredith News February 5 th , 2009 Moultonborough Selectmen indicated: </li></ul><ul><li>A default budget could delay improvements to town and school facilities and programs . </li></ul><ul><li>It doesn’t and has no effect on these items </li></ul><ul><li>NH DRA suggested ballot wording: </li></ul><ul><li>“ NOTE: This operating budget warrant article does not include appropriations contained in ANY other warrant articles.” </li></ul>Budgets and SB2
    25. 25. <ul><li>Meredith News February 5 th , 2009 Moultonborough Selectmen indicated: </li></ul><ul><li>A default budget could delay improvements to town and school facilities and programs . </li></ul><ul><li>The “hearts and flowers” articles/appropriations are not affected by a default budget . Last year there were 17 of those totaling $70,000. </li></ul>Budgets and SB2
    26. 26. <ul><li>SB2 allows everyone the opportunity to vote in private and by absentee ballot </li></ul><ul><li>Still have town meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Not a change in government </li></ul><ul><li>Warrant articles are still debated before final placement on the ballot </li></ul><ul><li>NH Center for Public Policy data shows that SB2 does not destroy budgets and does not ruin school districts </li></ul><ul><li>More than half of SB2 towns are the same size or smaller than Moultonborough </li></ul><ul><li>The default budget process applies only to the operating budget. Other appropriations are still voted individually </li></ul>Summary

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