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!