ACT NO. 29
This act appropriates capital funds, authorizes the issuance of bonds for this purpose, and revises state law as indicated below.
Total spending authorized by the act is $39,337,676. Of this total, $337,676 is supported with proceeds from the sale of state property and unspent capital appropriations from previous years, which leaves a balance of $39,000,000 required in new long-term state debt.
The Capital Debt Affordability Advisory Committee, operating pursuant to 32 V.S.A. chapter 13, subchapter 8, recommended that new long-term state general obligation debt authorized by the legislature in 1999 not exceed $39,000,000.
Of the total amount appropriated:
- 50 percent is for funding individual capital projects in support of agencies of state government and institutions of higher education.
- 46 percent is for funding grant-in-aid programs and individual capital projects undertaken by municipalities, nonprofit organizations, or private citizens.
- 4 percent is for funding information technology purchases, including computers and television broadcasting equipment, in support of state agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Nine individual appropriations in the act are of $1,000,000 or more each, and together constitute 75 percent of the total amount appropriated by the act. The items and amounts are as follows:
- Water pollution grants or loans to municipalities 6,476,330
- School construction grants to municipalities 6,324,513
- Caledonia County Courthouse, St. Johnsbury 3,900,000
- Vermont State Colleges, VTC, Morrill Hall 3,200,000
- Department of State Buildings, major maintenance 2,600,000
- Water supply grants or loans to municipalities 2,353,081
- Department of Corrections, new 350-bed prison 1,560,698
- Agency of Administration, state finance computer system 1,500,000
- University of Vermont, Burlington, Perkins Geology Building 1,450,000
In addition to these individual appropriations, the act authorizes 87 individual amounts to be spent for 87 other individual projects or programs to be carried out by or on behalf of:
- Agency of Commerce and Community Development
- Agency of Human Services
- Agency of Natural Resources
- Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets
- Department of Buildings and General Services
- Department of Education
- Department of Military
- Department of Public Safety
- The Judiciary
- Vermont Historical Society
- Vermont Public Television
- Vermont Veterans' Home
- University of Vermont
- Various municipalities and nonprofit organizations
The act also expresses the intent of the legislature to appropriate during its 2000 session approximately $6,000,000 to supplement current funding for the new 350-bed prison.
In addition to the appropriations of the 1999 Capital Construction Act, the 1999 legislature also appropriated a total of approximately $62,000,000 from general fund surpluses, plus $1,500,000 from the property transfer tax fund surplus, for capital projects which ordinarily would be contained in the Capital Construction Act and funded by state bonding. These additional appropriations are authorized in Act No. 1, the FY 1999 Budget Adjustment Act, and Act No. 62, the FY 2000 Omnibus Appropriations Act. However, approximately 15 percent of the total appropriated from the general fund will become available only if a FY 2000 surplus exceeds the current forecast. The purposes and amounts of the additional capital appropriations are as follows:
- Education; school construction grants, and Springfield
Vocational Technical Center* 23,930,000
- Corrections; new 350-bed prison plus Springfield economic
incentives, and prison fit-up in Newport 17,190,000
- Vermont Housing and Conservation Trust; Champion land
purchase, and housing 11,500,000
- Computers; state finance system, and tax mapping 4,750,000
- Forests, Parks and Recreation; state parks 2,900,000
- Agriculture; county fairgrounds 200,000
- Public Safety; microwave transmission 2,000,000
- State Buildings; architectural barriers removal 1,300,000
(* This amount is estimated based on the FY 1999 surplus collected through May 1999. Any additional FY 1999 surplus is also authorized for use for school construction grants.)
The 1999 Capital Construction Act also requires the following legislative reports:
A. Reports to House and Senate Committees on Institutions; due January 15, 2000:
1. From Department of Buildings and General Services and Legislative Council staff:
a. Locate quarters for broadcast news media in Montpelier (Sec. 4(j)).
b. Locate quarters for state employee child care in Montpelier (Sec. 4(n)).
2. From Department of Buildings and General Services:
- Plan for security at state facilities and grounds (Sec. 45).
3. From Department of Military:
- Use of armories as emergency centers or shelters (Sec. 14(b)).
4. From Vermont Veterans' Home and Mount Anthony Union School District
- Use of Vermont Veterans' Home land for school athletic field (Sec. 67).
B. Reports to House and Senate Committees on Education and Institutions; due
January 15, 2000:
1. From Chittenden County Workforce Investment Board and Lake Champlain
Regional Chamber of Commerce:
- Study a comprehensive technical high school for Chittenden County area
2. From North Country Career Center Board of Directors:
- Complete plans for a new career center (Sec. 10(a)(5)).
3. From Commissioner of Education:
- Assess needs state-wide for vocational technical centers (Sec. 10(b)).
C. Reports to Chairs of House and Senate Committees on Institutions and Joint
- From Adjutant General and Commissioners of Corrections, Environmental
Conservation and Buildings and General Services:
- Report receipt of federal grants authorized by Sec. 26(a) of the act
Finally, the 1999 Capital Construction Act amends or adds to state law the following:
A. Administration of state-owned property (Secs. 39 through 43 and 48).
B. Amendments to previous capital construction acts (Secs. 31 through 38).
C. Corrections activities, including inmate community placements (Secs. 55 through
D. Legislative journal, calendar and bill distribution (Secs. 64 through 66).
E. Management and use of capital funds (Secs. 23 through 27).
F. Real estate transactions concerning state property (Secs. 16(d) and 28 through 30).
G. School construction state assistance and other school financing (Secs. 49 through
H. Security at state properties, including the State House (Secs. 44 through 47).
Effective Date: May 19, 1999