HB1652 (2018) Detail

Relative to default budgets.


HB 1652 - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2018 SESSION

18-2642

06/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1652

 

AN ACT relative to default budgets.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Ammon, Hills. 40; Rep. Sterling, Ches. 14

 

COMMITTEE: Municipal and County Government

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill provides that the default budget is deemed approved if no operating budget is adopted.  This bill also requires a detailed presentation of the default budget showing reductions in the default budget for the one-time expenditures in the previous year's operating budget.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

18-2642

06/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Eighteen

 

AN ACT relative to default budgets.

 

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

 

1  Use of Official Ballot; Default Budget.  Amend RSA 40:13, X and XI to read as follows:

X.  If no operating budget article is adopted, the local political subdivision [either] shall be deemed to have approved the default budget [or the governing body may hold a special meeting pursuant to paragraph XVI to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only; provided that RSA 31:5 and RSA 197:3 shall not apply to such a special meeting].  If no operating budget article is adopted the estimated revenues shall nevertheless be deemed to have been approved.

XI.(a)  The default budget shall be [disclosed] presented in detail at the first budget hearing held pursuant to RSA 32:5 or RSA 197:6.  The presentation of the default budget shall include all items from the operating budget of the previous year deemed to be one-time expenditures that were excluded from  the default budget pursuant to subparagraph IX(b).  The governing body, unless the provisions of RSA 40:14-b are adopted, shall complete a default budget form created by the department of revenue administration to demonstrate how the default budget amount was calculated.  The form and associated calculations shall, at a minimum, include the following:

(1)  Appropriations contained in the previous year's operating budget;

(2)  Reductions and increases to the previous year's operating budget; and

(3)  One-time expenditures as defined under subparagraph IX(b).

(b)  This amount shall not be amended by the legislative body.  However, this amount may be adjusted by the governing body, unless the provisions of RSA 40:14-b are adopted, acting on relevant new information at any time before the ballots are printed, provided the governing body, unless the provisions of RSA 40:14-b are adopted, completes an amended default budget form.

(c)  The wording of the second session ballot question concerning the operating budget shall be as follows:

"Shall the (local political subdivision) raise and appropriate as an operating budget, not including appropriations by special warrant articles and other appropriations voted separately, the amounts set forth on the budget posted with the warrant or as amended by vote of the first session, for the purposes set forth therein, totaling $ ____________?  Should this article be defeated, the default budget shall be $ __________, which is the same as last year, with certain adjustments required by previous action of the (local political subdivision) or by law[; or the governing body may hold one special meeting, in accordance with RSA 40:13, X and XVI, to take up the issue of a revised operating budget only].''

2  Powers and Duties of Towns; Special Meeting; Revised Operating Budget.  Amend RSA 31:5, III to read as follows:

III.  In the event that the legislative body at an annual meeting amends or rejects the cost items or fact finder's reports as submitted pursuant to RSA 273-A, notwithstanding paragraphs I and II, the selectmen may call one special meeting for the sole purpose of addressing all negotiated cost items without petitioning the superior court for authorization.  Such special meeting may be authorized only by a contingent warrant article inserted on the warrant or official ballot either by petition or by the governing body.  The wording of the question shall be as follows: "Shall (the local political subdivision), if article __________ is defeated, authorize the governing body to call one special meeting, at its option, to address article __________ cost items only?''  The refusal of the legislative body to authorize a special meeting as provided in this paragraph shall not affect any other provision of law.  Any special meeting held under this paragraph [shall be combined with the revised operating budget meeting under RSA 40:13, XI, if any, and] shall not be counted toward the number of special meetings which may be held in a given calendar or fiscal year.

3  School Meetings; Special Meeting; Revised Operating Budget.  Amend RSA 197:3, III to read as follows:

III.  In the event that the legislative body at an annual meeting amends or rejects the cost items or fact finder's reports as submitted pursuant to RSA 273-A, notwithstanding paragraphs I and II, the school board may call one special meeting for the sole purpose of addressing all negotiated cost items without petitioning the superior court for authorization.  Such special meeting may be authorized only by a contingent warrant article inserted on the warrant or official ballot either by petition or by the governing body.  The wording of the question shall be as follows: "Shall (the local political subdivision), if article __________ is defeated, authorize the governing body to call one special meeting, at its option, to address article __________ cost items only?''  The refusal of the legislative body to authorize a special meeting as provided in this paragraph shall not affect any other provision of law.  Any special meeting held under this paragraph [shall be combined with the revised operating budget meeting under RSA 40:13, XI, if any, and] shall not be counted toward the number of special meetings which may be held in a given calendar or fiscal year.

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

Links

HB1652 at GenCourtMobile

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Jan. 25, 2018 House Hearing
Feb. 21, 2018 House Exec Session
Feb. 21, 2018 House Exec Session
Feb. 21, 2018 House Exec Session
Feb. 21, 2018 House Exec Session
House Floor Vote
March 6, 2018 House Floor Vote
March 15, 2018 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1652 Revision: 2248 Date: Nov. 13, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

Docket

Date Status
Jan. 3, 2018 Introduced 01/03/2018 and referred to Municipal and County Government HJ 1 P. 18
Jan. 25, 2018 Public Hearing: 01/25/2018 02:30 PM LOB 301
Feb. 2, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/02/2018 10:00 AM LOB 301
Feb. 14, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/14/2018 03:00 PM LOB 301
Feb. 6, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/06/2018 09:00 AM LOB 301
Feb. 6, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/06/2018 02:30 PM LOB 104
Feb. 21, 2018 Executive Session: 02/21/2018 10:00 AM LOB 301
Feb. 14, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/14/2018 03:00 PM LOB 301
Feb. 21, 2018 ==TIME CHANGE== Executive Session: 02/21/2018 11:00 AM LOB 301
Feb. 14, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/14/2018 03:00 PM LOB 301
Feb. 13, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/13/2018 09:30 AM LOB 301
Feb. 21, 2018 ==TIME CHANGE== Executive Session: 02/21/2018 11:00 AM LOB 301
Feb. 14, 2018 Subcommittee Work Session: 02/14/2018 03:00 PM LOB 301
Feb. 21, 2018 ==TIME CHANGE== Executive Session: 02/21/2018 11:00 AM LOB 301
March 6, 2018 Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0743h for 03/06/2018 (Vote 10-8; RC) HC 9 P. 74
Majority Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2018-0743h (Vote 10-8; RC)
Minority Committee Report: Refer for Interim Study
March 6, 2018 Suspend House Rule 65 (Reps. Hinch, Shurtleff): MA VV by necessary two-thirds vote 03/06/2018 HJ 6 P. 125
Special Order to 3/15/2018 Without Objection HJ 7 P. 49
March 15, 2018 Suspend House Rule 65; extending deadline for action to 3/22/2018 (Reps. Hinch, Shurtleff): MA VV by necessary two-thirds vote 03/15/2018 HJ 8 P. 69
March 21, 2018 Amendment # 2018-0743h: AF DV 92-209 03/21/2018 HJ 9 P. 35
March 21, 2018 Ought to Pass: MF VV 03/21/2018 HJ 9 P. 36
March 21, 2018 Refer for Interim Study: MA DV 293-22 03/21/2018 HJ 9 P. 36