Nashua, New Hampshire

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Nashua' is a city in New Hampshire. It is one of 13 cities in the state. It has a population of 86,494 as of 2010.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of New Hampshire city websites

Last rated on December 25, 2012.

The good

  • Budget
    • The most current budget is listed.
    • Budgets are archived for 8 years.[2]
  • Administrative Officials
    • Department heads are listed for each department.[3]
    • Contact information for administrative officials is provided including a mailing address, phone number, and personalized email.
  • Elected Officials
    • Elected officials are listed with a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.[4]
  • Meetings
    • Meeting minutes are archived for 10 years.[5]
    • Meeting agendas are archived for 10 years.[6]
    • A meeting calendar is available and names the times and locations of public meetings.[7]
  • Audits
    • The most recent audit is posted.
    • Audits dating back to 2002 are available.[8]
  • Contracts
    • Bids and RFPs are posted online.[9]
    • Approved contract statements are provided for vendors.
  • Public Records
    • The public information officer is identified and maintained by the City Clerk. This person provides a mailing address, phone number and personalized email.
    • A public records form is provided.
    • A fee schedule for documents is provided.[10]
  • Taxes
    • Tax revenues are broken down by federal, state, and local funding in the budget.
    • Local taxes, like property taxes, are available online.[11]
    • Residents are able to pay taxes online.
  • Lobbying
    • The city discloses it hires a legislative liaison and the total amount spent on that position.[12]
  • Permits and zoning
    • Zoning ordinances are posted online.[13]
    • Permit applications can be downloaded on the site, along with information on how to apply for the permits.[14]

The bad

  • Taxes
    • Residents cannot pay taxes online


The 2011 budget is $247,306,272.[15]

Nashua Budget '
Salaries and Benefits $176,821,045
All Other Costs $70,485,227
Total Budget $247,306,272


Nashua has received a total of $27.1 million from the economic stimulus package.[16]

Project Area Cost
Education $16,411,269
Energy/Environment $2,684,900
Health/Nutrition $1,274,618
Housing/Facilities $2,040,078
Military $260,893
Transportation $4,457,564

Public Employees

Nashua has 2,700 employees, inclusive of all City and School District employees[17] and spent $176,821,045 for salaries and benefits in 2011.[18]

Elected Officials

Term Length

  • 9 Aldermen have 2 year terms
  • 6 at-large Aldermen have 4 year terms

The Board of Aldermen is the entity of the city that deals with policy-making.[19]

Administrative Officials

Department heads have their job description posted on their respective department pages.[20] The website also has a directory page with administrative contact info.[21]


See also: New Hampshire state government salary

Nashua spent $176,821,045 for salaries and benefits in 2011.[22]


See also: New Hampshire public pensions

Nashua employees are enrolled in the New Hampshire Retirement System or Public Works Employees Retirement System.[23]

Emergency personnel

The 2011 budget for the Police Department is $108,550 and $71,200 for the fire department.


See also: New Hampshire government sector lobbying

No lobbying information is posted.

Transparency & public records

The site provides information on how to obtain Records and Cost associated with:[24]


The website has an in-depth guide and explanation of how it levies property taxes.[25]

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