Bill Number: S.B. 1826
Otondo Floor Amendment
Reference to: printed bill
Requires the School Facilities Board to maintain a school buildings database and use the database to compute the building renewal formula distributions. Outlines allowable uses of the fund and contains reporting requirements.
First Regular Session S.B. 1826
OTONDO FLOOR AMENDMENT
SENATE AMENDMENTS TO S.B. 1826
(Reference to printed bill)
Page 111, after line 42, insert:
"Sec. 44. Title 15, chapter 16, article 4, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-2031, to read:
A. The building renewal fund is established consisting of monies appropriated by the legislature. The school facilities board shall administer the fund and distribute monies to school districts to maintain the adequacy of existing school facilities. Monies in the fund are continuously appropriated and are exempt from the provisions of section 35-190 relating to lapsing of appropriations.
B. The school facilities board shall inventory and inspect all school buildings in this state in order to develop a database to administer the building renewal formula. The database shall include the student capacity of each building as determined by the school facilities board. The board shall distribute monies from the building renewal fund to school districts in an amount computed pursuant to subsection I of this section. A school district that receives monies from the building renewal fund shall use the monies first for any projects that fall below the minimum school facility adequacy guidelines, as adopted by the school facilities board pursuant to section 15-2011, and that are part of any buildings in the database and second for any other projects that are part of any buildings owned by the school district for any of the following:
1. Major renovations and repairs of the building.
2. Upgrading systems and areas that will maintain or extend the useful life of the building.
3. Infrastructure costs.
4. Relocation and placement of portable and modular buildings.
C. Monies received from the building renewal fund shall be used for primary projects, unless only secondary projects exist.
D. Notwithstanding subsections B and C of this section, school districts shall use building renewal monies on secondary projects to comply with building, health, fire and safety codes. Before spending building renewal monies on secondary projects to comply with building, health, fire and safety codes, the school facilities board shall approve the projects.
E. Monies received from the building renewal fund may not be used for any of the following purposes:
1. New construction.
2. Remodeling interior space for aesthetic or preferential reasons.
3. Exterior beautification.
5. Purchasing capital items.
6. Routine preventive maintenance, except as provided in section 15-2002, subsection K and subsection L of this section.
F. The school facilities board shall maintain the school buildings database and use the database to compute the building renewal formula distributions. The board shall ensure that the database is updated at least annually to reflect changes in the ages and value of school buildings. The facilities listed in the database shall include only those buildings owned by school districts that are required to meet academic standards. On or before October 15 of each year, each school district shall report to the school facilities board the number and type of school buildings owned by the district, the square footage of each building, the age of each building, the nature of any renovations and the cost of any renovations. The school facilities board may conduct a review or audit, or both, to confirm the information submitted by a school district. If a career technical education district leases a building from a school district, that building may not be included in the school district's square footage calculation for the purpose of determining the school district's building renewal distribution pursuant to this section. The board shall adjust the age of each school facility in the database whenever a building is significantly upgraded or remodeled. The age of a building that has been significantly upgraded or remodeled shall be recomputed as follows:
1. Divide the cost of the renovation by the building capacity value of the building determined in subsection I, paragraph 3 of this section.
2. Multiply the quotient determined in paragraph 1 of this subsection by the currently listed age of the building in the database.
3. Subtract the product determined in paragraph 2 of this subsection from the currently listed age of the building in the database, rounded to the nearest whole number. If the result is negative, use zero.
G. On or before October 1 of each year, the school facilities board shall electronically submit to the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and the governor, and provide to the secretary of state, a report that includes the computation of the amount of monies to be distributed from the building renewal fund for the current fiscal year. The joint committee on capital review shall review the school facilities board's calculation of the building renewal fund distributions. After the joint committee on capital review reviews the distributions computed by the school facilities board, the school facilities board shall distribute the monies from the building renewal fund to school districts in two equal installments in November and May of each year.
H. A school district that receives monies from the building renewal fund shall establish a district building renewal fund and shall use the monies in the district building renewal fund only for the purposes prescribed in subsection B of this section. Ending cash balances in a school district's building renewal fund may be used in following fiscal years for building renewal pursuant to subsection B of this section. On or before October 15 of each year, each school district shall report to the school facilities board the projects funded at that school in the previous fiscal year with monies from the district building renewal fund, including the amount of expenditures dedicated to primary projects and to secondary projects. On receipt of these reports, the school facilities board shall forward this information to the staff of the joint legislative budget committee and the governor's office of strategic planning and budgeting. Each school district shall also report to the school facilities board an accounting of the monies remaining in the district's building renewal fund at the end of the previous fiscal year and a comprehensive three-year plan that details the proposed use of building renewal monies. If a school district fails to submit this report or the information required by subsection F of this section on or before October 15, the school facilities board shall withhold building renewal monies from the school district until the school facilities board determines that the school district has complied with the reporting requirement. When the school facilities board determines that the school district has complied with the reporting requirement, the school facilities board shall restore the full amount of withheld building renewal monies to the school district.
I. Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, if a school district converts space listed in the school buildings database to space that will be used for administrative purposes, the school district is responsible for any costs associated with converting, maintaining and replacing that space. The building renewal amount for each school building shall be computed as follows:
1. Divide the age of the building as computed pursuant to subsection F of this section by one thousand two hundred seventy-five or, in the case of modular or portable buildings, by two hundred ten.
2. Multiply the quotient determined in paragraph 1 of this subsection by 0.67.
3. Determine the building capacity value as follows:
(a) Multiply the student capacity of the building by the per student square footage capacity established by section 15-2041.
(b) Multiply the product determined in subdivision (a) of this paragraph by the cost per square foot established by section 15-2041.
4. Multiply the product determined in paragraph 2 of this subsection by the product determined in paragraph 3, subdivision (b) of this subsection.
J. If the school facilities board determines that a school district has spent monies from the building renewal fund for purposes other than those prescribed in subsection B of this section, the school facilities board shall notify the superintendent of public instruction. Notwithstanding any other law, the superintendent of public instruction shall withhold a corresponding amount from the monies that would otherwise be due the school district under the capital outlay revenue limit until these monies are repaid.
K. A school district is not entitled to receive monies from the building renewal fund for any buildings that are to be replaced with new buildings that are funded with deficiencies corrections monies. The replacement buildings are not eligible to receive building renewal funding until the fiscal year following the completion of the building.
L. Notwithstanding subsections B and E of this section, a school district may use eight percent of the building renewal amount computed pursuant to subsection I of this section for routine preventive maintenance. The school facilities board, after consulting with maintenance specialists in school districts, shall provide examples of recommended services that are routine preventive maintenance.
M. A school district that uses building renewal monies for routine preventive maintenance shall use the building renewal monies to supplement and not supplant expenditures from other funds to maintain school buildings. The auditor general shall prescribe a method for determining compliance with the requirements of this subsection. A school district, in connection with any audit conducted by a certified public accountant, shall also contract for an independent audit to determine whether the school district used building renewal monies to reduce the school district's existing level of routine preventive maintenance funding. The auditor general may conduct discretionary reviews of a school district that is not required to contract for an independent audit.
N. For the purposes of this section:
1. "Primary projects" means projects that are required for a building owned by a school district to meet the academic standards listed in the school buildings database maintained pursuant to subsection F of this section if the building falls below the minimum school facility adequacy guidelines adopted by the school facilities board pursuant to section 15-2011.
2. "Routine preventive maintenance" means services that are performed on a regular schedule at intervals ranging from four times a year to once every three years and that are intended to extend the useful life of a building system and reduce the need for major repairs.
3. "Secondary projects" means all projects that are not primary projects.
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