"The state of New Hampshire has struggled with its budget throughout the current difficult economic period, and state building aid has been a frequent target of budget cutters. State officials have been concerned about the amount of money dispensed in aid especially since this year’s aid is being covered by state bonds. They have also been concerned about the lack of decision-making the state has in awarding aid. A legislative committee has met throughout the fall to consider those problems and to plan for the likelihood of suspending aid.
Board members and administrators from Lebanon attended some of those committee hearings to explain Lebanon’s situation and needs. I believe that our arguments and those of officials from Claremont have been persuasive insofar as the committee ultimately recommended that state building aid be suspended after this year’s voting. It appears most probable that the full state legislature will approve the continuation of building aid for projects that are approved this year but that it will suspend aid for any further projects for at least several years. In other words, we can expect to receive about $8 million in state aid for our project if it is approved on March 9. It is likely, however, that no aid would be available for any new projects for at least some period of years. It is inconceivable that Lebanon could attempt to undertake a building project of approximately $25 million without state aid as would be the case for the next several years." - Dr. Michael Harris, Superintendent. State Building Aid Update is attached.