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S1529......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS
SCHOOL FACILITY SUPPORT FUND - Adds to existing law to establish the Idaho
School Facility Support Fund, administered by an appointed board, to
distribute money in the fund to school districts for school facility
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1529
BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO SCHOOL FACILITY FUNDING; AMENDING CHAPTER 9, TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE,
3 BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 33-905A, IDAHO CODE, TO CREATE THE IDAHO
4 SCHOOL FACILITY SUPPORT FUND, TO ESTABLISH THE FACILITY SUPPORT BOARD AND
5 TO PROVIDE FOR DUTIES, MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS; AND AMENDING CHAPTER 9,
6 TITLE 33, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION 33-905B, IDAHO
7 CODE, TO STATE THE PURPOSES OF MONEY IN THE IDAHO SCHOOL FACILITY SUPPORT
8 FUND AND TO PROVIDE FOR DISTRIBUTION.
9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
10 SECTION 1. That Chapter 9, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
11 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION , to be
12 known and designated as Section 33-905A, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
13 33-905A. IDAHO SCHOOL FACILITY SUPPORT FUND -- BOARD. (1) The state of
14 Idaho, recognizing the significant school facility needs documented to exist
15 throughout the state, establishes the Idaho school facility support fund in
16 the state treasury, to be administered by the facility support board, as pro-
17 vided by law. Moneys shall be deposited to the fund as may be provided by law,
18 by appropriation or donation. Pending payments out of the fund, the moneys in
19 the fund shall be invested by the state treasurer in the same manner as pro-
20 vided under section 67-1210, Idaho Code, with respect to other idle moneys in
21 the state treasury. Interest earned on the investments shall be returned to
22 the fund.
23 (2) The facility support board is hereby established in the department of
24 education. The board shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the gov-
25 ernor and confirmed by the senate, as follows: three (3) members shall be
26 selected from membership of district school boards of trustees or school dis-
27 trict administrators; two (2) members shall be teachers; and two (2) members
28 shall be appointed from the general public. Members shall serve a term of four
29 (4) years beginning on July 1, except that of the members first appointed, one
30 (1) school board representative, one (1) teacher, and one (1) at large member
31 shall serve a term of two (2) years. In making these appointments, the gover-
32 nor shall assure that the membership of the board is geographically represen-
33 tative of the state, and shall assure that districts of various size are rep-
35 (3) The board shall meet the first time at the call of the governor,
36 shall elect its own officers, and thereafter shall meet at the call of the
37 chairman or a majority of the board membership. The department of education
38 shall provide such staff assistance as the board may require.
39 SECTION 2. That Chapter 9, Title 33, Idaho Code, be, and the same is
40 hereby amended by the addition thereto of a NEW SECTION , to be
41 known and designated as Section 33-905B, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:
1 33-905B. IDAHO SCHOOL FACILITY SUPPORT FUND -- PURPOSES. Moneys in the
2 Idaho school facility support fund are available for use on July 1 of each
3 year and are hereby appropriated for that purpose. The board shall establish
4 criteria for distribution which may include, but are not limited to, safety to
5 students, overcrowding, need of the community, and attempts in the district to
6 obtain approval of previous bond proposals. The board shall announce before
7 March 1 of each year the facilities that qualify according to board rules,
8 subject to achieving their match. The board shall distribute funds on a match-
9 ing basis, state funds to represent twenty-five percent (25%) of the total
10 project, and district funds to represent seventy-five percent (75%) of the
11 project. The funds may be used to: acquire, purchase or improve a school site
12 or school sites; build a schoolhouse or schoolhouses or other building or
13 buildings; demolish or remove school buildings; add to or remodel any existing
14 building; furnish and equip any building or buildings, including all lighting,
15 heating, ventilation and sanitation facilities and appliances necessary to
16 maintain and operate the buildings of the district. In addition, a district
17 may apply for moneys in the fund to apply toward further retirement of any
18 existing bonded indebtedness of the district, but applications for new proj-
19 ects which meet the board criteria shall take precedence over such applica-
20 tions to retire existing indebtedness, provided those projects have a greater
21 need. Moneys from the fund are available for use upon their receipt by a
22 school district.
23 The board shall report annually to the legislature the moneys collected
24 and the distribution to school districts.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this legislation is to establish a fund to help solve our school facilities funding
problems. The bill establishes a fund for which private and public contributions can be made. It
establishes a board to be appointed by the Governor and establishes that the money will be distributed
on a matching basis (25/75) on the basis of need.
The bill also allows the money to be used for existing indebtedness.
The 1992 study showed 700 million in school facilities needs. 25 million averaged at a 25 % -
75 % match would alleviate 100 million worth of projects each year.
No additional general fund monies are required, however general fund contributions may be
made. This bill may have the effect of encouraging the passage of bond elections.
CONTACT: Senator Dean L. Cameron