March 21, 2019

After a five (5) month public budgetary process, the Strafford County Legislative Delegation unanimously approved the Strafford County Commissioners’ Proposed 2019 Budget as presented on March 13, 2019. The budget funds all County operations and all Union contracts negotiated for the 2019 calendar year.

Commissioners Maglaras, Watson, and Rollo were very pleased that their Proposed Budget was under the tax caps for the Strafford County cities of Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester. This is the tenth (10th) year in a row that we have accomplished this.

Commissioner Maglaras reports that he is pleased that we continue to find ways to enhance County services while honoring the three cities’ tax caps. Commissioner Rollo stated that the budget also includes fair and responsible increased compensation for all our employees. Commissioner Watson added that the pay and benefit adjustments keep Strafford County competitive in a very tight labor market and recognizes how much we appreciate the hard work of all our employees.

An increase in revenues for inmate boarding at the Strafford County House of Corrections was a key factor in balancing expenses and revenues. The cooperation of all our Elected Officials and Department Heads has produced a great budget for the taxpayers.

We appreciate the hard work and support of Chairman Peter Schmidt and the Strafford County Legislative Delegation in their review and unanimous support of the 2019 budget.


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This page contains the following documents:

1. The Auditor’s Compliance Review of the Deeds Equipment Account.

2. Summary of Transactions of the Deeds Equipment Account from 2004 to 2014, including links to detailed documents.

3. E-Mail to Investigator with Explanation of Summary of Transactions.


1. The Auditor’s Compliance Review of the Deeds Equipment Account

Ron L. Beaulieu Company




41Bates Street

Portland, Maine04103




To the County Commissioners

of County of Strafford, New Hampshire 

Dover, NewHampshire

Report on Compliance

We have audited County of Strafford, New Hampshire's compliance with the requirements described in the New Hampshire Revised Statutes, Chapter 478, Section 478:17j for the period from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2013.

Management's Responsibilities

Management is responsible for compliance with the requirements of laws, specifically New Hampshire Revised Statutes.

Auditor's Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on compliance of County of Strafford, New Hampshire's Register of Deeds Equipment Account based on our audit of the requirements referred to above. We conducted our audit of compliance in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether noncompliance with the requirements referred to above that could have a direct and material effect on the County. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence about County of Strafford, New Hampshire's compliance with those requirements and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances.

We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion on compliance with New Hampshire Revised Statutes, Chapter 478, Section 478:17j. However, our audit does not provide a legal determination of County of Strafford, New Hampshire's compliance.

Opinion on Compliance

In our opinion, County of Strafford, New Hampshire complied, in all material respects, with the requirements referred to above that could have a direct and material effect on the County for the period from January 1, 2004 to December 31, 2013.

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2. Summary of Transactions of the Deeds Equipment Account from 2004 to 2014, including links to detailed documents.

Click on hi-lighted entries in columns for detailed information












(Col. C plus Col. D minus Col. A)



01.4120.223 & 01.4120.229


(Col.A minus Col. B)

Balance fwd.                 $1,567.05        
2004   $68,521.67 $64,000.00 $74,000.00 $0.00 $5,478.33 $0.00 $0.00 $6,088.72        
2005   $65,880.99 $71,964.71 $77,532.00 $0.00 $11,651.01 $0.00 $0.00 $5.00        
2006    $5,736,501 $57,365.01 $75,594.05 $0.00 $18,229.04 $0.00 $0.00 $5.00        
2007    $46,901.90 $46,901.90 $59,251.55 $0.00 $12,349.65 $0.00 $0.00 $5.00        
2008    $38,220.57 $38,220.57 $44,853.30 $0.00 $6,632.73 $0.00 $0.00 $5.00        
2009    $41,465.75 $41,465.75 $44,465.24 $0.00 $2,999.49 $0.00 $0.00 $5.00        
2010    $36,094.06 $36,094.06 $34,531.00 $0.00 ($1,563.06) ($1,563.06) $89,640.00 $5.00        
2011    $34,434.91 $34,434.91 $33,120.00 $0.00 ($1,314.91) ($1,314.91) $85,857.30 $5.00        
2012    $40,283.45 $40,283.63 $40,279.01 $0.00 ($4.44) ($9,334.21) $81,859.80 $4.82        
2013    $40,821.01 $34,314.58 $38,159.20 ($3,844.62) ($6,506.43) $0.00 $0.00 $6,511.25        
2014    $32,068.20 $38,418.08 $38,418.08 $0.00 $6,349.88 $0.00 $0.00 $161.37        
Total   $502,057.52 $503,463.20 $560,203.43 ($3,844 .62) $54,301.29 ($12,212.18) $257,357.10          
*Deducted the cost of replacing carpet before withdrawing funds from Equipment Account Fund.              

**payback of subsidy was in the form of transferring the subsidy amounts of $1563.05 for 2010 and $1314.91 for 2011 to the General Fund. For 2012,

the subsidy was in the form of taking $9334.21 worth of 2012 invoices originally

charged to the Deeds budget in the General Fund and charging them to the Equipment Account.




3. E-Mail to Investigator with Explanation of Summary of Transactions.


Attached please find my revised spreadsheet where I have added column G to indicate eligible e the Registry of Deeds' General Fund accounts 01.4120.223 a nd 01.4120.229 for 2010, 2011, and the General Ledger Report and copies of all invoices for those expenditures. These expenditures RSA Chapter 478, Section 478: 17 and total as follows:

2010 $89,640.00                                
2011 $85,857 .30                                
2012 $81,859.80                                
Total $257,357.10                                
These eligible expenditures more than cover the payback of subsidy for each year as follows:                      
2010 ($1,563.06)                                
2011 ($1,314.91)                                
2012 ($9,334.21)                                
Total $12,212.18                                
This information should certainly be considered and included in your investigation. These sizable attached documents supporting these numbers should alleviate concerns of whether or not it was legal to transfer the entire balance from the Equipment Account Fund (less $5) to pay back the General Fund and should alleviate concerns of the vague language of the RSA regarding non-lapsing funds. These transactions did occur the same year of the transfers. There are simply not enough surcharge fees deposited into the Deeds Equipment fund to support the eligible expenditures required to maintain the deeds equipment projects, so the County Commissioners have made a commitment through passage of their annual budgets to support these projects when the collection of surcharge fees were inadequate to cover the costs.

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