Senate Republicans Vote Against Providing Aid to Property Taxpayers & School Districts
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3207
CONCORD – Today, Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) introduced an amendment to SB 135 which would have restored fiscal capacity disparity aid to school districts. Passage would have provided critical assistance to struggling school districts and would have provided much-needed tax relief to cities and towns across the state. The proposal was defeated by Senate Republicans in a vote down party lines.
After the vote, Senator Jay Kahn (D-Keene) issued the following statement:
“Providing property tax relief has been identified as a priority by Senate Democrats and Republicans alike. The amendment I offered today would have restored fiscal capacity disparity aid to the 80 New Hampshire school districts in the most need of help and would have assisted school districts facing drastic budget cuts to minimize local property tax increases. This year the state provided disparity aid, and 63 of the 100 towns that received assistance lowered tax rates for their residents. I’m disappointed that this kind of win-win proposal was rejected by Senate Republicans, who voted today to deny essential aid to their own districts.”