HB1203 (2006) Detail

Relative to school building costs for athletic fields.


HB 1203-FN-LOCAL – AS INTRODUCED

2006 SESSION

06-2381

04/10

HOUSE BILL 1203-FN-LOCAL

AN ACT relative to school building costs for athletic fields.

SPONSORS: Rep. Scanlon, Hills 18; Rep. Graham, Hills 18; Rep. Hawkins, Hills 18

COMMITTEE: Education

ANALYSIS

This bill provides that cost estimates for the installation of an artificial turf surface for an athletic field shall not be considered excessive or unreasonable.

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

06-2381

04/10

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Six

AN ACT relative to school building costs for athletic fields.

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

1 School Building Aid; Approval of Plans. Amend RSA 198:15-c to read as follows:

198:15-c Approval of Plans, Specifications and Costs of Construction or Purchase. A school district maintaining approved schools, desiring to avail itself of the grants herein provided shall have the plans, specifications, and cost estimates for school plant construction or proposals for the purchase of school buildings, or both, and the costs for them approved by the state board prior to the start of construction. For this purpose the district shall submit its plans, specifications, cost, and purchase estimates in writing to the department of education on such forms as the department prescribes. A school district shall also submit a copy of any application for energy efficiency reimbursement under RSA 374-F. The department of education shall coordinate with the public utilities commission to ensure that eligible school districts have submitted applications for funding reimbursement and technical assistance as available from energy utility companies to promote indoor air quality and energy efficiency in public schools. Application for school building aid shall be submitted before January 1 of each year in order to be eligible for school building aid in the fiscal year following the year of submittal. The department of education shall not approve the plans, specifications, cost, or purchase estimates, if in the department’s judgment the facilities planned will not adequately meet the educational requirements, or if its cost estimates are excessive or unreasonable. Cost estimates to install an artificial turf surface for an athletic field shall not be considered excessive or unreasonable under this section. The department of education shall not approve the plans, specifications, cost, or purchase estimates if in the department’s judgment the proposed construction or purchase is in conflict with effective statewide planning. Necessary costs of the purchase of school buildings may be determined by any recognized method of real estate appraisal with appropriate adjustments for remodeling or other expenditures. Upon approval of the construction or purchase, or both, by the department of education, the school district shall be entitled to receive an annual grant as provided herein.

2 Effective Date. This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

LBAO

06-2381

10/24/05

HB 1203-FN-LOCAL - FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT relative to school building costs for athletic fields.

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The Department of Education states this bill may increase state expenditures and local revenue by an indeterminable amount in FY 2006 and each year thereafter. There will be no fiscal impact on state and county revenue or county and local expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

    The Department states this bill provides that cost estimates for the installation of an artificial turf surface for an athletic field shall not be considered excessive or unreasonable for the purposes of determining school building aid. The number of future projects which may be eligible for funding under this bill cannot be determined. The specific districts that may propose eligible projects, the cost of those projects, and the amount of school building aid cannot be estimated. The number of school districts that would consider installing artificial turf on athletic fields is expected to be a relatively small number, and only three such fields currently exist in the State. The Department states the current difference in cost between a grass field and an artificial turf field is approximately $500,000. School building aid varies between 30% and 60% of the cost of construction, therefore the additional amount to be paid for an artificial turf field would be between $150,000 and $300,000 spread over the term of the construction bond. For a twenty year bond with equal annual principal payments, the additional school building aid would be between $7,500 and $15,000 per field per year.

Links

HB1203 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type

Bill Text Revisions

HB1203 Revision: 9481 Date: Jan. 21, 2010, midnight

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