HB1134 (2008) Detail

Including upkeep and improvements of the state park system within the land and community heritage investment program.


HB 1134-FN – AS INTRODUCED

2008 SESSION

08-2021

08/03

HOUSE BILL 1134-FN

AN ACT including upkeep and improvements of the state park system within the land and community heritage investment program.

SPONSORS: Rep. N. Elliott, Hills 19; Rep. Hopfgarten, Rock 5; Rep. Villeneuve, Hills 18; Rep. Ulery, Hills 27

COMMITTEE: Resources, Recreation and Development

ANALYSIS

This bill allows money from the land and community heritage investment program to be used for upkeep and improvements to the state park system.

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

08-2021

08/03

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eight

AN ACT including upkeep and improvements of the state park system within the land and community heritage investment program.

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

1 Eligible Applicants; State Agencies Included. Amend RSA 227-M:8, I to read as follows:

I. The authority shall distribute funds to further the purposes of this chapter only to eligible applicants. Eligible applicants shall include:

(a) Municipalities or other political subdivisions of the state; [and]

(b) Publicly-supported nonprofit corporations exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code[.]; and

(c) State agencies.

2 Program Administration; Upkeep and Improvements. Amend RSA 227-M:8, III to read as follows:

III. Financial assistance to eligible applicants shall be provided through grants and block grants (grants to another organization for re-granting) and loans. Up to 50 percent of financial assistance provided each year may be provided through loans. Principal and interest paid on such loans shall be deposited in the trust fund for the New Hampshire land and community heritage investment program established in RSA 227-M:7. Financial assistance may only be expended on eligible resources for the following purposes:

(a) Acquisition of real property in fee simple.

(b) Acquisition of easement interests in real property.

(c) Restoration or rehabilitation of buildings or structures which are publicly-owned, or which are owned by a qualified publicly-supported nonprofit corporation.

(d) Surveys, appraisals, title work, and other legal or ancillary work necessary to carry out acquisitions.

(e) Resource inventories and planning.

(f) Upkeep and improvements to the state park system.

(g) Payment of state park system, including lifeguards.

(h) Other professional services.

IV. The authority shall not fund more than 50 percent of the appraised market value of any resource asset acquisition or more than 50 percent of any other expense eligible for financial assistance under [RSA 227-M:8, III(c)-(f)] RSA 227-M:8, III(c)-(h).

V. All eligible applicants are required to provide a level of matching resources that is no less than 50 percent of the appraised market value for any resource asset acquisition and that is no less than 50 percent of any other expense for which financial assistance is sought under [RSA 227-M:8, III(c)-(f)] RSA 227-M:8, III(c)-(h). A minimum of 1/2 of the applicant's minimum match requirement must be provided in cash to be used in the purchase or preservation of the resource asset. Nothing shall prevent the eligible applicant from using all cash to fulfill the match requirements of the program. The balance, if any, of the non-cash match requirement may be met through any combination of:

(a) In-kind services;

(b) The appraised market value of donated real property or interest in real property, provided such real property is located in the municipality or municipalities in which the applicant property is located;

(c) Expenses specified under [RSA 227-M:8, III(c)-(f)] RSA 227-M:8, III(c)-(h), incurred or to be incurred; or

(d) A one-time investment in a stewardship endowment fund established by the applicant for the resource asset.

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

LBAO

08-2021

11/05/07

HB 1134-FN - FISCAL NOTE

AN ACT including upkeep and improvements of the state park system within the land and community heritage investment program.

FISCAL IMPACT:

      The Department of Resources and Economic Development and the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program state this bill may increase state revenue by an indeterminable amount in FY 2008 and each year thereafter. There is no fiscal impact on county and local revenue or state, county, and local expenditures.

METHODOLOGY:

    The Department of Resources and Economic Development and the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program state this bill will allow eligible uses of land and community heritage investment program grants to include state park upkeep, improvements and payment of the state park system including lifeguards. The Department of Resources and Economic Development indicates it may seek up to $1,170,000 in grant assistance from the land and community heritage investment program each biennium. The Department would use approximately $1,000,000 of the grant towards improvements and maintenance, matching the grant with capital funds and in-kind services. The remaining $170,000 would be used towards operations, specifically lifeguards. The Department plans to use its operating budget appropriation as the match for any grants it might be awarded.

    The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program states this bill will not impact its revenue. The broadening of the fund’s eligible uses may impact grants that would otherwise be awarded to projects eligible under current law, such as land conservation and historic preservation.

Links

HB1134 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type

Bill Text Revisions

HB1134 Revision: 11336 Date: Jan. 1, 2008, midnight

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