SB118 (2021) Detail

Relative to the property tax relief act of 2021.


SB 118-FN-A-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2021 SESSION

21-0886

10/11

 

SENATE BILL 118-FN-A-LOCAL

 

AN ACT relative to the property tax relief act of 2021.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Watters, Dist 4; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Prentiss, Dist 5; Sen. Perkins Kwoka, Dist 21; Sen. Whitley, Dist 15; Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Rep. Hatch, Coos 6; Rep. Wallner, Merr. 10; Rep. Leishman, Hills. 24

 

COMMITTEE: Finance

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill makes an appropriation to the state treasurer for the purpose of providing municipal aid grants to each city, town, and unincorporated place in the state by October 1 of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2022 and June 30, 2023.  At least 60 percent of the grant received by a municipality shall be used for local property tax rate reduction.

 

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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

21-0886

10/11

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty One

 

AN ACT relative to the property tax relief act of 2021.

 

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

 

1  Short Title.  This act shall be known as the property tax relief act of 2021.

2  Appropriation; State Treasurer; Municipal Aid.  

I.  The sum of $20,000,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022 and the sum of $20,000,000 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2023 is hereby appropriated to the state treasurer for the purpose of providing municipal aid to each city, town, and unincorporated place in the state.  The treasurer shall distribute the municipal aid to each city, town, and unincorporated place in the state in one payment of 100 percent on or before October 1 of each fiscal year.  The proportion of municipal aid distributed to each municipality pursuant to this paragraph shall be calculated pursuant to paragraph II.  The governor is authorized to draw a warrant for said sums out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.  Municipal aid received by October 15, 2021 may be considered unanticipated revenue under RSA 31:95-b and may be accepted and expended pursuant to RSA 31:95-b, II through IV whether or not a town has adopted the provisions of RSA 31:95-b, II.  Municipalities shall use a minimum of 60 percent of the amount anticipated in FY 2022 and FY 2023 for property tax rate reduction.

II.  On July 1 of each fiscal year, the treasurer shall reserve the amount necessary for distributions pursuant to paragraph I of this act and said moneys shall not be used for any other purpose.  Distributions shall be determined as follows:

(a)  Twenty percent of such funds for the determination year shall be distributed to municipalities on the basis of the ratio that each municipality's average daily membership in residence bears to the statewide total membership in residence, as determined by the department and provided to the treasurer.

(b)  Eighty percent of such funds for the determination year shall be distributed to municipalities on the basis of the ratio that each municipality's number of pupils in the municipality's average daily membership in residence eligible for a free or reduced-price meal bears to the total statewide membership in residence eligible for a free or reduced-price meal, as determined by the department and provided to the treasurer.

III.  For purposes of this section:

(a)  "Average daily membership in residence" or "ADMR" means the average daily membership in attendance of pupils who are legal residents of the school district, pursuant to RSA 193:12 or RSA 193:27, IV, in kindergarten through grade 12 in the determination year and attend a state-approved public or nonpublic school as assigned by the school district in which the pupil resides, or by the state, or attend an approved chartered public school, and who are educated at the school district's expense, which may include costs of attendance at public academies or out-of-district placements.

(b)  "Department" means the department of education.

(c)  "Determination year" means the school year immediately preceding the school year for which aid is determined.

(d)  "Eligible for a free or reduced-price meal" means the ADMR of pupils in kindergarten through grade 12 who are eligible for the federal free or reduced-price meal program.

(e)  "Municipality" means a city, town, or unincorporated place.

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2021.

 

LBA

21-0886

Revised 2/1/21

 

SB 118-FN-A-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE

AS INTRODUCED

 

AN ACT relative to the property tax relief act of 2021.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:      [ X ] State              [    ] County               [ X ] Local              [    ] None

 

 

 

Estimated Increase / (Decrease)

STATE:

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

FY 2024

   Appropriation

$0

$20,000,000

$20,000,000

$0

   Revenue

$0

$0

$0

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$20,000,000

$20,000,000

$0

Funding Source:

  [ X ] General            [    ] Education            [    ] Highway           [    ] Other

 

 

 

 

 

LOCAL:

 

 

 

 

   Revenue

$0

$20,000,000

$20,000,000

$0

   Expenditures

$0

$0

$0

$0

 

METHODOLOGY:

This bill appropriates a total of $40,000,000 to the Treasury for municipal aid grants to cities, towns and unincorporated places, payable in 2 installments of $20,000,000 made by October 1 for each of the fiscal years ending June 30, 2022 and June 30, 2023.  At least 60 percent of the appropriation shall be used for local property tax rate reduction.

 

Twenty percent of such funds shall be distributed to municipalities on the basis of the ratio that each municipality's average daily membership (ADM) in residence bears to the statewide total membership in residence and 80 percent of such funds shall be distributed to municipalities on the basis of the ratio that each municipality's number of pupils in the municipality's average daily membership in residence eligible for a free or reduced-price meal bears to the total statewide membership in residence eligible for a free or reduced-price meal.

 

The Department of Education indicates that although at least 60 percent of each grant is dedicated to municipal property tax relief there is no requirement for additional expenditures.  The distribution formula in this bill is identical to the formula contained in Chapter 346, Laws of 2019 (HB 4).

 

The New Hampshire Municipal Association states the amounts received by individual municipalities would be approximately the same as what was received in the FY20-21 biennial state budget, with adjustments for updated ADM calculations.  The total received by all municipalities would be $20,000,000 by October 1, 2021 and $20,000,000 by October 1, 2022.  The portion of these total appropriations required to be used to reduce local property taxes would be $12,000,000 in each fiscal year, with $8,000,000 in each fiscal year available for any purpose for which a municipality is authorized to legally spend money, including reducing property taxes.

 

AGENCIES CONTACTED:

Treasury Department, New Hampshire Municipal Association, and Department of Education

 

Links

SB118 at GenCourtMobile
SB118 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
Feb. 9, 2021 Senate Hearing
March 4, 2021 Senate Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

SB118 Revision: 32048 Date: Feb. 1, 2021, 9:37 a.m.

Docket


March 4, 2021: Committee Report: Ought to Pass, 03/04/2021; SC 12


Feb. 9, 2021: Remote Hearing: 02/09/2021, 01:15 pm; Links to join the hearing can be found in the Senate Calendar; SC 10


Jan. 6, 2021: Introduced 01/06/2021 and Referred to Finance; SJ 3