Claremont City Council voted 8-1 on an amended budget, which reduced the original proposed General Fund budget from $22,852,379 to $22,752,379 reducing it by $100,000. Two other budget proposals were voted down, one for a level fund budget, and the other to reduce the proposed budget by
$170, 000. Claremont citizens were on hand and expressed an array of opinions. Brian Small of ward one in Claremont asked, “How the council thinks that residents can afford the tax increase?” Claremont has the highest tax rate in the State, some problems that Claremont faces are, 30 percent of their real estate tax is for health care benefits for town and school employees, lack of contributions from the state for NH retirement fund, which has hurt other cities and towns, and a need for road improvements.