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Oct 26, 2015 9:21 PM

Derry tax rate going down, but not $1.04 as previously thought

DERRY - A Special Town Council Meeting was called in Derry to clarify the tax rate. Last week, after putting $1.6 million back into the budget to restore cuts, Chairman Thomas Cardon told residents the tax rate is going down $1.04.

Cardon says he should have double checked the information before releasing it. Some councilors are upset, saying they voted last week thinking the rate was $1.04 when it’s really $0.56.

“We’re talking about a 1.2 million dollar difference between what we voted on and the information I received the following day,” said Councilor David Fischer.

Interim Town Administrator Sue Hickey went through all eight budget items one at a time to discuss the costs and savings.

Former Town Councilor Brian Chirichiello is one of the residents who took the council to court to be able to hold a special vote. He says they had already done the math, and told people at the polls taxes would go down around $0.56 if they voted to overturn the cuts.

“The tax rate will go down 56 cents, which is a tax savings, so we get out services back and we get a tax cut,” Chirichiello said.

The tax cut is not as big as it would have been had the council’s budget stayed put.

Both councilors and residents say they’re now ready to move forward.

“And hopeful that we can do a better job of communicating with townspeople,” said Councilor Richard Tripp.

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