New Hampshire House Speaker Predicts Cannon Mountain Legislative Action
Speaker Jasper expressed concern over problems identified in recent Cannon audit.
Thursday, February 25, 2016, NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com
Appearing on New Hampshire Today with Jack Heath on Monday, New Hampshire Speaker Shawn Jasper predicted the House would take action next year after a state audit revealed 'real concerns' at Cannon Mountain.
According to the New Hampshire Today Facebook page:
"NH House Speaker Jasper tells NH Today Show that he has real concerns over the State's operations of Cannon Mountain Ski Area. Speaker's worries could mark debate over whether the State should be in the ski business. Jasper citing recent audit that has him concerned and predicts the issue will be raised in next Legislative Session."
The Fiscal Year 2014 state audit of Cannon Mountain, first reported on NewEnglandSkiIndustry.com News earlier this month, has since made headlines across New Hampshire. 26 issues were identified, including tens of thousands of dollars in missing funds, e-commerce credit card account exposure, and hundreds of thousands of dollars of untraceable season passes granted to employee, contractor, and ski club family members.
In addition, only 43% of the previous audit's issues had been 'Fully Resolved' since 2002.
Cannon Mountain is the only state owned and operated ski area in New England. Since Fiscal Year 2000, the ski area has received $1.5 million from the New Hampshire General Fund and $8.5 million from the Mount Sunapee lease.