My wife, Carol, and I have lived in Amherst since 2009. Besides serving twice as selectman, I’ve served:
- On the town's Ways & Means Committee,
- On the Capital Improvements Planning Committee,
- On the Superintendent of School’s planning teams,
- As an advisor to Souhegan students on their senior projects.
Since 2013, I’ve led the Board of Selectmen and town departments in embracing strategic governance. The results:
- All town goals are now stated in terms of desired outcomes for Amherst residents.
- Since 2014, voters have passed all town budgets and almost all key warrants by a 2:1 or 3:1 margin – reflecting their support for a clear strategy and sensible related investments.
- More authority and responsibility has migrated down to department heads, while more timely information flows up to the town administrator and selectmen. Everyone is thinking strategically while getting the right things done as planned and fulfilling their statutory duties.
- Citizens always know where things stand and seem pleased with the performance of town government.
- Of the 31 municipalities in Hillsborough County, Amherst continues to have the 8th lowest tax rate (lower than 23 others) while providing strong town services. This represents an excellent value for taxpayers.
- Other town committees, commissions, and boards are also embracing strategic governance and are attracting excellent talent from across our community.
The NH Municipal Association featured this innovative approach to strategic governance in their fall 2017 edition of their flagship publication, Town and City, and had us showcase our approach at the their annual conference in November.
Re-elect Selectman Mike Akillian