ACT NO. 200
Capital appropriations; bonding; school construction funding
This act appropriates capital funds and authorizes their financing with state bonding.
The act appropriates $58,786,585. Of this amount, $4,136,585 is from proceeds from unspent capital appropriations from previous years, and $54,650,000 requires the issuance of new long-term general obligation bonds.
Of the total amount appropriated:
1. $11,901,089 is for renovation and repairs to state buildings, including $7,076,089 for statewide major maintenance and $1,500,000 for design and partial construction of a new state archive facility in Middlesex.
2. $5,000,000 is for construction and renovation of Building #617 in Essex.
3. $1,845,000 is for renovations to the correctional facility in St. Albans, closing of the Dale correctional facility in Waterbury, and conversion of the Windsor correctional facility to be a therapeutic work camp.
4. $10,000,000 is for K-12 and technical center school construction projects.
5. $1,600,000 will go to each of the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Colleges.
6. $7,600,000 is for municipal water pollution and drinking water supply programs.
7. $4,200,000 is for the clean and clear program to accelerate reduction of phosphorus discharges into Vermont waters.
8. $2,000,000 is for construction of a fire training facility at the Robert H. Wood, Jr. Criminal Justice and Fire Service Training Center of Vermont in Pittsford.
9. $1,700,000 is for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system renovations to the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.
10. $5,200,000 is for approved capital projects in the fiscal year 2009 transportation program. The act further authorizes the treasurer to issue new long-term general obligation bonds in an amount of up to $10,000,000 for transportation funding provided that the Capital Debt Affordability Advisory Committee recommends that this amount may be prudently authorized for fiscal year 2009 by October 1, 2008.
11. Each of the remaining appropriations is for a project of less than $1,000,000.
1. Increases the membership of the Capital Debt Affordability Advisory Committee.
2. Authorizes the commissioner of buildings and general services to
· Continue development of proposals to meet state office building needs in Bennington
· Pursue options for relocation of the state public safety laboratories
· Negotiate options for development of Building #617 in Essex with the current property manager
· Purchase an option to buy land in Westminster for a new public safety field station
· Sell or lease state-owned land in Newport; sell state-owned land in Hartford; sell property known as the Tree Farm Property in Essex; sell, lease, subdivide, or convert to condominiums the Thayer Building in Burlington; sell or lease mineral rights on state land in Pittsford; and renegotiate a lease with a child care provider using a state-owned building in Middlesex
3. Directs the commissioner of mental health to inform various legislative committees prior to and at the time of filing a certificate of need application relating to the Vermont State Hospital.
4. Repeals the broadband development grant program is repealed on June 30, 2009.
5. Continues the suspension on state aid for school construction begun in fiscal year 2008 until a plan for funding school construction is developed and adopted.
6. Authorized the University of Vermont and the Vermont State Colleges to sell bonds backed by the moral obligation of the state of Vermont.
7. Directs the agency of natural resources and the agency of agriculture, food, and markets to use funds appropriated in fiscal year 2009 and past years as a match for federal environmental Quality Incentives Program pollution reduction funds to help farmers reduce manure runoff into rivers and streams.
1. The office of finance and management and the joint fiscal office will study the processes that the agency of natural resources follows in requesting general obligation funds for pollution control and clean water projects and in paying the funds to the recipient and will make recommendations for revising the process so that bonded funds are used as efficiently as possible.
2. The commissioner of buildings and general services will study options for construction of an evidence room for retention of evidence collected in criminal cases.
3. The commissioner of buildings and general services and the court administrator will inventory county courthouses to learn about arrangements for use of space by the state and recommend a fair fee-for-space formula.
Effective Date: July 1, 2008.
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street