Quality Schools and Senate Bill 367
As you may know, House Bill 14 (HB14) was not transmitted out of the House; however, Senate Bill 367 (SB367) authorizes capital and infrastructure funding to complete various projects including $30 million for Quality Schools projects, $8.8 million for TSEP projects (that do not receive funding in House Bill 11), $5 million for state to community bond account grants, and various other projects.
The House Appropriations Committee meeting will be accepting public comment on SB367, a bonding bill that authorizes funding for capital and infrastructure projects statewide, and creating the state to community bond account for grants and state and local infrastructure accounts. Public comment regarding this bonding bill is scheduled for Friday, April 7, 2017 beginning at 8:00 a.m. in room 102 of the Capitol Building. The public hearing will allow time for project representatives to provide testimony to the committee. Please note, the committee will be hearing several bills and are likely to limit the amount of time available for public comment.
If project representatives are unable to attend the hearing in person, you may submit written testimony for your project to DOCCDD@mt.gov which will be provided to the House Appropriations Committee at the hearing. Please be sure to send all written testimony, if you are not able to attend, by 5:00 p.m. April 6, 2017.
On November 15, 2016, Governor Bullock released his 2019 Biennium Executive Budget. Included in Volume 8 of the Budget are the Governor’s recommendations to fund 9 school facility projects through the Quality Schools program, with a total appropriation of $5,413,013.98 for project during the 2019 Biennium.
The full Quality Schools program 2019 Biennium Report, including project funding recommendations for the 2019 Biennium project grants is now available on the Community Development Division website HERE.