Rep. Paul R. Bergeron
Serving NH Hills. Dist. 29 (Nashua Ward 2)

  • On June 5th, Cheshire Superior Court Judge David Ruoff ruled that the state's formula for funding education is unconstitutional. The state's adequacy grant is currently about $3,636 per pupil. According to the NH Department of Education, the average annual per pupil cost in the 2016 - 2017 school year was approximately $15,310. In a series of opinions between 1993 and 2008, the NH Supreme Court affirmed the state's responsibility for the education of NH's children. In 2018, Nashua residents paid $2.06 per $1,000 valuation in state school property taxes. (The total tax rate per $1,000 was $21.21 for city, county, local school and state school rates.) It is too early to predict what impact this ruling may have on property taxes -- or other taxes -- going forward. This Decision will likely be appealed to the NH Supreme Court. However, the actual per pupil cost is more than 4 times that of the current state adequacy grant. This is an issue that bears watching!