Derry, New Hampshire

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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Contracts N
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Lobbying N
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Public Records N
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Local Taxes P

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Derry is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 33,109 at the 2010 census.[1] Although it is a town and not a city, Derry is the fourth most-populous community in New Hampshire.[1]

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of New Hampshire city websites

The good

  • The budget and past budgets are posted.[2]
  • Agendas and minutes are available for City Meetings.[3][4]
  • The city officials have their contact information are posted online.[5]
  • City officials contact information is posted on their department pages.[6]
  • County audits are posted.[7]
  • Description of tax rate is posted.[8]
  • The zoning board has policies and forms posted.[9]
  • Police records are posted.[10]
  • Collective Bargaining agreements are posted.[11]

The bad

  • Cannot pay taxes online.
  • Contracts are not posted.
  • Public records are not posted.
  • Lobbying information and ethics is not noted


The proposed 2012 budget spends $42.5 million.

Area Expenditure
Personnel $27,008,800
Operations $9,172,745
Capital $3,592,226
Transfers $647,501
Debt 2101717
Total $42,522,989


Derry has received a total of $9.4 million from the economic stimulus package.[12]

Project Area Cost
Education $9,185,163
Energy/Environment $202,200
Transportation $29,300

Public Employees

Elected Officials

Derry has a seven member Town Council. It serves as both the legislative and executive branch of the town government.[13]

Term Length[14]

  • 3 years
  • Staggered


  • Budget
  • Policy
  • Appointments including Town Administrator

Administrative Officials

Derry spends $27 million of the budget on personnel costs (63% of the budget).[16]


See also: New Hampshire state government salary

The pay scales for the public employees is posted.[17]


See also: New Hampshire public pensions

No pension information is posted.

Emergency personnel

The department budgets for Police and Fire in 2012h were $10.6 million and $8.5, respectively.[18]


See also: New Hampshire government sector lobbying

No lobbying information is posted.

Transparency & public records

The only records on the website are police records.[19]


The city of Derry collects revenue through a property tax. The Tax Rate is $27.88 per thousand of assessed valuation.[20]

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