Ed Naile, CNHT

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The Windsor Way

On April Fools Day, how appropriate, the tiny Town of Windsor had a certified letter sent to its humble headquarters from our New Hampshire Department of Revenue. The letter was the first of its kind ever we here at The Coalition of NH Taxpayers know of.

It stated that since 1986 the state has been trying to get a simple message through to Windsor elected officials that the statutes regarding incompatible offices, financial reports, taxation, liens on delinquent property, and a host of other things municipal, really, really, really are the law. Slow learners they are up in Windsor. The DRA turned-up-the-heat-by-letter on Windsor in 2002 – 2007 to no avail.

Now, grudgingly, the Selectmen and their finance team must cobble together some sort of contract from a recognized, professional auditing firm and have that contract to the DRA before April 30, 2008.

This might bring closure to the “Windsor Way” of doing things – unless. Get this.

We at CNHT have found out that the town counsel for Windsor is a feisty little fellow from the Upton and Hatfield law firm named Paul Apple.

Our CNHT trained pro se taxpayers have defeated Mr. Paul Apple twice already in Hillsborough Superior Court. The last (hopefully) time this apple was polished, the local team won court costs, which the judge granted right in the courtroom. Winning court costs is like the scalping of your opponent in an Indian knife fight. It is hard to put a good spin on losing court costs to a home spun, pro se lawyer.

Speaking of scalping and native peoples, not many people know this but Attorney Paul Apple’s Indian name is “He who steps in it every time.”

So unless Attorney Apple can pull a rabbit out of a hat and find some technicality in the DRA letter like April 30, 2008 might mean April 30, 20000008, or the term “professional auditor” might mean “professional wrestler” as well, then Windsor may finally get down to putting quill to paper and turning over a set of books to the DRA. 22 years is enough time don’t you think?

The sad part about this is the fact that Attorney Apple works FOR THE TOWN OF WINDSOR not just the Selectmen and retired Tax Collector.

Much of this mess could have been avoided, it appears, if there was a less combative attitude from the tiny people in the tiny town hall.


Merrimack Stuck Their Neck Out And Now They Have A Hickey On It

A few years back the Town of Merrimack fell victim to the glittering dream that a Town Charter form of government under RSA 49 was the answer to their overspending woes. With one simple vote they gave away what little financial control they had of that town.

Like fools they hired a former Bedford Town Manager, Keith Hickey, to do a professional job of running the town - along with the supervision of the new Town Council. Smart people – professionals, no more of this sporadic taxpayer revolt stuff in Merrimack. Now we will see what a professional team of municipal experts can do with a budget, forget all that voter participation nonsense with those unanticipated swings in revenue, stopping the “forward progress” of the community.

Did you catch the $1.1 million dollar mistake they just “found” in the new set of professional books “His Highness Hickey” drafted in the fall of 2006? Remember, they hired this character in the spring of 2006. It was supposed to be peaches and ice cream, dandy lions and gumdrops for all.

Well it’s the old “we put the million dollars in the wrong place” story we hear from so many experts in schools and towns all over NH.

But you know what is so enlightening about these mishap stories? The town officials are always afforded the great big benefit of the doubt for a million dollar mistake. On the other hand, let a taxpayer group, or any citizen for that matter, suggest cutting a budget and blood shoots from the eyes of the municipalitarians in charge. How ever will they exist without exactly what the say they want?

Not to worry though. After every professional million dollar mistake, the experts will always find a way to work the mistake into the existing budget without an embarrassing special town meeting where some answers and sweat can be wrung from anyone in charge.

Taxpayers pare a few thousand from a million dollar budget by cutting the left-over funds from the previous year and mayhem breaks out.

Town managers misplace a few million, or don’t produce state mandated financial reports, hide excess funds, pad employees pay, put thousand dollar cherry floors in their office, and the local papers find it slightly interesting.

From now until the end of the fiscal year Merrimack will only be able to pay for emergency expenditures and contractual obligations, according to Town Manager Hickey.

And exactly how is this different than a taxpayer budget cut at one of the past, traditional town meetings – other than having a high priced team of financial experts spewing out excuses?

This is the stuff taxpayer revolts are made of.


Keep The Pulitzer, How About Some News

Its Pulitzer Prize time! I love this time of year. It reminds me of when I first figured out how phony the media is.

Set your Way Back Machine for 1980 and our then hero, Janet Cooke, fabricator of a story about an 8 year old heroine addict. She won/earned/acquired/somehow wound up with, a Pulitzer Prize for that concoction. Good for her!

And then, as quickly as it appeared on the scene, the politically correct story began to show signs of leakage – like an extra large soft ice cream cone on an August day, the buyers couldn’t get rid of it fast enough.

The phony Pulitzer Prize winning story of the 8 year old heroine addict was breaking down on the regular news sources, which were limited in those days. So like any “intelligent” person I turned to PBS and the The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.

On this high-brow, above the fray, independent, news show I was about to find out how news is really reported – or not.

The guests were talking about the fabricated story and how everyone was tricked into believing Mr. Cooke had a real college degree or if that was a fake as well – it was. How could so many super-smart media professionals become so tangled up in this?

After the story broke, one News Hour guest, by phone, was a gentleman who was on the Pulitzer Prize Committee, the people who pick the winner from the list assembled through nominations. The deal is, you get nominated then, they, the committee, picks from that list and there are your winners. It sounds pretty simple.

Every time Lehrer or MacNeil went to this particular committee member he would ask the same question: “How did Mrs. Cooke win a Pulitzer in the first place, because she wasn’t on the list?”

“Back to you Jim,” “Back to you Bob,” “No back to you Jim,” and so it went.

As each person was asked about how this made-up story could have gotten so far without being discovered, the Pulitzer Prize Committee member would ask again: “How does one win the prize if your name wasn’t on the list?”

I thought that simple question might be an interesting, newsy, tidbit for the MacNeil/Leherer “news team” to explore but they repeatedly just passed the guy off and went to another guest. What, no who, what, where and why, follow-up questions? Wouldn’t a question like that get to the heart of the matter?

Never again did I trust those two solemn, studied, award encrusted posers. They were and are, in my opinion, no better than Janet Cooke.


You Belong In Jail Fool!

I was going to write something about the clown who was running for Congress on the moonbat ticket, Gary Dodds, but he is such a pathetic creature I thought it wasn’t worth it - until now.

Dodds was the guy who on April 5 2006, felt he had to get away from the daily grind of the campaign for a while so he feigned a car accident and hid out in the woods, or at some other much warmer place indoors, for some 27 hours, leaving the police and rescue personnel to frantically search for him all during the cold night thinking he was lost. The story was a scam and that fact was apparent from day one. But Mr. Dodds was hell bent to prove it did happen and eventually the cops arrested and charged him.

During the period when a normal trial would have been held for anyone accused of filing a false report with the police, Mr. Dodds found two circus performers posing as NH licensed attorneys to join him in this sit-com and the show began. It was an embarrassing display of blame anyone and everyone else while holding dear your “integrity,” and “compassion for others.”

Dodds lost his case. The jury did not buy it. This is still NH.

As a final kick in the shins to decency, the law, facts, and the jury - members of which possibly had better things to do, Dodds goes on national TV and forgives them. Let’s embarrass the whole state Gary.

Now for the serious business of sentencing.

Judge Fauver, who sat through this comedy, cloaked as a trial, where an adult was willfully engaged in falsifying physical evidence, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, as well as leaving the scene of an accident and false public alarms, both misdemeanors each punishable by up to a year in jail, and who used the court system to try to blame police for his actions, finally made his statement and pronounced sentencing.

"You made a mockery of the members of law enforcement who risked their lives, in part, and used their time and their volunteer efforts, many of them, to try to find you," Fauver said.

Then he sentenced Dodds to 20 days in jail and a year with an ankle bracelet.

So in effect, Dodds and his clown act attorneys won! Not bad. This probably cost more than just getting a deal like that up front without a trial but now Dodds can be a victim of the system for the rest of his career. Not a bad gig in the world of moonbat politics.

Fast forward to today’s, April 8, 2008 Union Leader front page…

It seems one “Mr. T” (photo showing a black man) from Manchester, called police the other night about a loud party. When the Manchester Police did not respond quickly, Mr. T called back and claimed to have shot one of the partygoers. Now the police were on the scene and arrested Mr. T for a false report.

There will be no public display of “blame the Manchester Police,” no appearance on national TV with Dane Sawyer, no making a mockery of the NH judicial system any more that they do themselves, no.

Mr. T will be serving 60 days in jail.

Ah, justice.


The Meter Is Running In Windsor

On March 28, The Coalition of Windsor Taxpayers made the front page of the Boston Globe - about time. This sad epoch of municipal mismanagement has been simmering in a stew made up of direct democracy, immoral and incompetent elected officials, and an indifferent/impotent state bureaucracy.

This makes many sane people “bueaucrazy.”

But the Windsor Coalition of Taxpayers soldiers on – as does the reporter from the Globe, who has a nice, fat, two inch binder full of spread sheets our girls in the hood put together for her. Apparently, this looks to the Globe like a story worth a series, or maybe someday, a sit-com – if so much was not at stake.

Credibility certainly is at stake for the NH Dept. of Revenue. Our favorite question to the DRA: “How do you set a town tax rate on non-existent town supplied data?” has shifted to: “How long will you wait for the Town of Windsor elected officials to “audit” the non-existent books?” There are things like copies of checks and deposit slips left behind at the bank. How about a peek at those?

It appears that included with the fact that some taxes have not been collected – or accounted for, in some cases going back to 1996, there is the problem of not having what records the Town does have “audited” since a promise to the DRA that they would do so back in October of last year.

We haven’t even been waiting for a real audit either. Apparently we have been held up by a simple “review” of where Windsor’s appropriations went and what properties paid taxes. In a $500,000.00 total budget where only about $150,000.00 is Town spending, it should not be that hard. Something like $175,000.00, without interest, is uncollected so far, from what we can tell.

I would compare the Windsor Coalition of Taxpayers to a steady, clicking, clock, with a big alarm attached. A sand dial they are not. There has been a quiet running of the clock so far, but a year is long enough to wait for state-mandated financial information from the Windsor Selectmen and their attorney, Paul Apple, of the Upton and Hatfield firm.

Does the State of NH have municipal statutes in place for real or for show?

I guess we will find out soon enough.

Keep and eye on The Globe.