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February 2, 2013

N.H. towns could lose thousands in state aid

NH towns could lose thousands in state aid unless bill passes


Greenberg is hopeful Londonderry will receive the $307,286 in reduced aid through legislation that unanimously passed the state Senate on Thursday.

Senate Bill 40 would ensure the districts receive the additional $3.4 million initially promised by the Department of Education.

The bill’s several co-sponsors include Londonderry lawmakers Sen. Sharon Carson, a Republican, and Rep. Lisa Whittemore, a Democrat.

Another co-sponsor is Sen. James Rausch, R-Derry, who sponsored the current education funding law.

Rausch said yesterday the communities affected were those where property revaluations had recently been conducted.

Changes in values were not taken into account when calculating aid amounts.

He said SB 40 would adequately address the funding dilemma, calling it a “one-time event.”

”It was important that we got this done,” he said.

The bill now goes to the House, where Rep. Sherm Packard, R-Londonderry, said there should be a lot of support for the legislation since communities such as Londonderry would be hit hard.

”I assume it would pass by a large majority,” he said. “If we don’t get it back, we will have to make it up. That’s a big chunk of money.”

Sanborn and Hampstead school officials could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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