Newspaper article on $2.7M school
giveback a bit misleading
School district's press release
week, both the Goffstown News and the New
Hampshire Union Leader published an
article by Greg Kwasnik about the
school board's recent announcement of giving $2.7
million back to taxpayers.
after reading the article, one might easily be led
into believing that the school district has reduced
their next budget (2011-2012) by $2.7
million. This is not the case, as our school
folks have just started
developing that budget. What the school
district is actually doing is simply passing along
dollars to the taxpayers as required by law.
where did this money come from?
To begin with, it is important to note that the bulk of the $2.7
million return is not a "refund", nor is
it money being "returned" to
taxpayers. It is also not coming from the school
district's $34,660,647 budget for fiscal 2009-2010
that just ended June 30th. For the money to
be refunded or returned, taxpayers would have had
to give it to the school district in the first
place. We didn't.
majority of it ($2.3 million) is coming from
stimulus funding and additional, unexpected
tuition revenue from New Boston and Dunbarton that
the district is passing along to taxpayers, again,
as required by law. Combined with encumbered
funds from '08-09 and savings in energy costs, the
$2.7 million total will be applied against the
school tax rate that will be calculated later this
fall and appear in our tax bills beginning in
December. But this does NOT mean next year's
(fiscal 2011-2012) school budget will be reduced
by $2.7 million.
is a quick breakdown of the $2.7 million,
as detailed in the school
district's press release (numbers are
|ARRA stimulus funding (special
education and other), Medicaid payments:
tuition revenue from New Boston and Dunbarton:
from the 2008-2009 school fiscal year:
|Savings in general energy costs:
After reading the school board's press release
myself, I couldn't find any indication of a
reduction to next year's school budget.
Rather, it provides precise details as to the
sources of the money and its effect on setting the
upcoming tax rate. Nevertheless, School Board chairman Keith Allard
has mentioned to me recently that he is
unfortunately having to correct a lot of confusion
in the community about this subject.
think it's fair to say that no matter how well
intentioned, the news media can, and sometimes
does, fail to capture all the facts, or can
inadvertently skew the spirit or
intent of an article, issue or event.
suggestion is to get the facts for
here to read the school district's
press release on the $2.7 million giveback to Goffstown taxpayers. I think it'll
quickly become clear that there is no mention of a
reduction to the next proposed budget.
if you still have questions, contact Mr. Allard at
be happy to answer any further questions you may
Guy Caron can be
reached via e-mail at: GuyC@GoffstownResidentsAssociation.com
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