A New Hampshire Public Radio “town meeting minute” last Wednesday captured the worry of towns these days. Governor John Lynch says proposed cuts in state money for municipalities will be offset by federal stimulus funds sent to school districts for education.
Federal money is one of the big unknowns this year. The governor said he would cut state money for towns but expected Washington dollars to more than compensate. However, just about all of that federal money goes to schools. Jessie Levine, Town Administrator in New London, says that’s the problem. LEVINE: Most of the school and town budgets are entirely separate and the town process has no control over how the school spends its budget. — See Federal Relief for Towns: Look to the Schools | New Hampshire Public Radio.
Lynch on Friday again tried to reassure towns that they will not see deep cuts. However, many more questions than answers remain. NH town administrators and a spokesperson for the NH Center for Public Policy Studies discussed the situation on WMUR Close-Up Sunday morning. All agreed that towns are facing tough choices and even tougher choices next year.
As Sunapee voters head to the polls on Tuesday, few details are available about the impact of all these possible funding changes, especially as they relate to shifting needs and demands.
The proposed operating budget for the Sunapee schools for 2009-10 is $9,881,537. Yet, enrollment continues to steadily decline. 465 students were attending Sunapee grades K-12 as of Oct. 1, 2008, according the SAU office.
The proposed operating budget for the town for 2009-10 is $5,691,897. These budgets do not include money articles for town and school projects and capital expenses, which are listed separately.
For historic spending trends for Sunapee and other towns, see the NHPR Town Meeting website.
Click here, the town website, for the 2009 Town Warrant. The school warrant is not available on-line.
Budgets, sample ballots and warrants are in the Sunapee Annual Report mailed to households last week.
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