Derry farmers market takes hit from town council
Earlier this month, Councilor Mark Osborne made an unsuccessful motion to cut the budget for the farmers market position from $20,800 to $5,000.
According to Town Administrator John Anderson, the cut in the position funding will mean the end of the farmers market.
Anderson said the revenues from the market, anticipated at $11,700, would also have to be cut from the budget.
Wetherbee also said there are a number of vendors who have paid for spaces at the market through the end of the summer, and that those vendors will now have to have their money refunded.
As the budget discussion began on Tuesday night, Anderson and town finance director Frank Childs presented revisions to the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget that would have kept the municipal portion of the town property tax rate at $10.39, the same as last year’s rate.
Before Osborne’s motion, Anderson stated that the town would reduce the farmers market director funding over the next year so that it would be revenue neutral by fiscal year 2016.