The fiscal year runs from January 1 through December 31. Since the delegation does not complete it’s budget until March, the county runs without a budget for the first third of the year.
Counties have the option to switch to a fiscal year from July 1 through June 30, according to RSA 31:94 through 31:94-e.
- Newly elected representatives would have an opportunity to become familiar with county operations before making decisions on appropriations.
- The work of the budget sub-committees could be completed before the fiscal year began.
- Department heads would know what amounts they had to work with for the entire year.
- The budget during the transition would be for 18 months.