Click Here for the Introduction to Developing a CIP Fact Sheet
A Capital Improvements Program is, at its simplest, a spreadsheet of capital projects that cost at least a certain monetary threshold (such as $10,000) which are displayed in a schedule over six years and shows the overall impact to the tax rate per $1,000 of net valuation. A capital project could be an addition to the Town Office, an ambulance, a Zoning Ordinance rewrite, a cemetery plan, or acquiring land for a new Library. Most CIPs include chapters of supporting information.
Developing or updating a Capital Improvements Program (CIP), which is a Planning Board document and responsibility, requires several meetings (as led by CNHRPC) but can be accomplished in as little as three months if a CIP Committee can meet weekly or every other week. The ideal time to begin a CIP is in May, and the ideal end time is before December. The Planning Board-adopted CIP is provided to the Board of Selectmen and Budget Committee as required by RSA 674:8 in time to consider developing warrant articles for capital projects.
We have prepared a fact sheet that briefly explains the highlights of a CIP. This fact sheet is perfect for distribution to both Town Boards and interested residents. Click Here to Download the CIP Public Information Fact Sheet.
CNHRPC has produced many CIPs for communities within the region. For more information, contact Stephanie Alexander.