Petition to Lower Taxes by Restoring Adequacy Funding

This year, the Windham School District will receive $2,890,235.77 LESS in State adequacy funds than it should be receiving (source: http://www.education.nh.gov/data/documents/ad_ed_aid_fy2015.pdf).  Put differently, our tax rate would be $1.40 (per assessed $1000) LOWER if we received the amount that the State calculates that we should receive (but does not pay).  For someone with a home assessed at $350,000, this would be a savings of $490.  

The taxpayers of Windham shouldn't be required to make up a 2.9 million dollar difference when municipalities with decreasing enrollments are receiving more funds than they should.  Sign my petition http://www.change.org/petitions/nh-state-legislature-lower-taxes-by-restoring-full-adequacy-funding-to-windham and demand that the NH State Legislature fund Windham at the level required by the State adequacy formula.
gupta Sinjay January 03, 2014 at 02:58 PM
here is a quiz. 1. which political party wanted the state to fund schools? 2. Which political party wants to take from the rich and give to the poor? 3. What health care plan does state funding most remind you of? 4. Which senator said you can keep your health care plan if you like it?
GrassisGreener January 03, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Who really cares about these questions as they're irrelevant to the petition. Why any home owner and tax payer in Windham wouldn't sign this petition is beyond me. The State OVERfunds hundreds of declining enrollment towns to the tune of $153M a year but they can't come up with ~$16-$18M to FULLY Fund the 20-25 increasing enrollment towns? State Law (Claremont Decision) says the STATE has the fiscal responsibility to fund an Adequate Education. They created a formula that is designed to do just that but they politically create loops holes that picks winners and losers. Simple really, just fund the number of kids per town as the formula was designed to do vs. using a static number based on the 2009 School enrollments. Alternately, if it's important to keep OVERfunding declining enrollment districts, make the UNDER funded towns whole 1st then divvy up the rest. Oh and vote out EVERY Windham State Rep when they come up as they've done absolutely nothing to address this issue. With 20 - 25 peers in the same situation they could easily get political momentum behind this.


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