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  • My name is Paul Punturieri and I am here to present the case for SB2

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      • Not a single one has ever rescinded it.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