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HF 3232

as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 02/10/2022 02:06pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; eliminating an average age of buildings index from
the operating capital formula; modifying the long-term facilities maintenance
revenue age index for school districts adding square footage; authorizing flexibility
for the use of long-term facilities maintenance revenue; increasing the long-term
facilities maintenance levy equalizing factor to keep the statewide levy impact
unchanged; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 123B.595; 126C.10,
subdivision 13; Laws 2021, First Special Session chapter 13, article 7, section 2,
subdivision 3.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 123B.595, is amended to read:


123B.595 LONG-TERM FACILITIES MAINTENANCE REVENUE.

Subdivision 1.

Long-term facilities maintenance revenue.

deleted text begin (a) For fiscal year 2017
only, long-term facilities maintenance revenue equals the greater of (1) the sum of (i) $193
times the district's adjusted pupil units times the lesser of one or the ratio of the district's
average building age to 35 years, plus the cost approved by the commissioner for indoor
air quality, fire alarm and suppression, and asbestos abatement projects under section
123B.57, subdivision 6, with an estimated cost of $100,000 or more per site, plus (ii) for a
school district with an approved voluntary prekindergarten program under section 124D.151,
the cost approved by the commissioner for remodeling existing instructional space to
accommodate prekindergarten instruction, or (2) the sum of (i) the amount the district would
have qualified for under Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.57, Minnesota Statutes
2014, section 123B.59, and Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.591, and (ii) for a school
district with an approved voluntary prekindergarten program under section 124D.151, the
cost approved by the commissioner for remodeling existing instructional space to
accommodate prekindergarten instruction.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) For fiscal year 2018 only, long-term facilities maintenance revenue equals the greater
of (1) the sum of (i) $292 times the district's adjusted pupil units times the lesser of one or
the ratio of the district's average building age to 35 years, plus (ii) the cost approved by the
commissioner for indoor air quality, fire alarm and suppression, and asbestos abatement
projects under section 123B.57, subdivision 6, with an estimated cost of $100,000 or more
per site, plus (iii) for a school district with an approved voluntary prekindergarten program
under section 124D.151, the cost approved by the commissioner for remodeling existing
instructional space to accommodate prekindergarten instruction, or (2) the sum of (i) the
amount the district would have qualified for under Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.57,
Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.59, and Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.591,
and (ii) for a school district with an approved voluntary prekindergarten program under
section 124D.151, the cost approved by the commissioner for remodeling existing
instructional space to accommodate prekindergarten instruction.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (a)new text end For fiscal year deleted text begin2019deleted text endnew text begin 2023new text end and later, long-term facilities maintenance revenue
equals the greater of (1) the sum of (i) $380 times the district's adjusted pupil units times
the lesser of one or the ratio of the district's average building age to 35 years, deleted text beginplusdeleted text end (ii) the
cost approved by the commissioner for indoor air quality, fire alarm and suppression, and
asbestos abatement projects under section 123B.57, subdivision 6, with an estimated cost
of $100,000 or more per site, deleted text beginplusdeleted text endnew text begin andnew text end (iii) for a school district with an approved voluntary
prekindergarten program under section 124D.151, the cost approved by the commissioner
for remodeling existing instructional space to accommodate prekindergarten instruction, or
(2) the sum of (i) the amount the district would have qualified for under Minnesota Statutes
2014, section 123B.57, Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.59, and Minnesota Statutes
2014, section 123B.591, and (ii) for a school district with an approved voluntary
prekindergarten program under section 124D.151, the cost approved by the commissioner
for remodeling existing instructional space to accommodate prekindergarten instruction.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (b)new text end Notwithstanding deleted text beginparagraphsdeleted text endnew text begin paragraphnew text end (a), deleted text begin(b), and (c),deleted text end a school district that
qualified for eligibility under Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.59, subdivision 1,
paragraph (a), for fiscal year 2010 remains eligible for funding under this section as a district
that would have qualified for eligibility under Minnesota Statutes 2014, section 123B.59,
subdivision 1, paragraph (a), for fiscal year 2017 and later.

new text begin (c) Notwithstanding paragraph (a), clause (1), the average age index for a school district
that has not reduced its square footage from the previous year must not be less than the
average age index for the previous year.
new text end

Subd. 2.

Long-term facilities maintenance revenue for a charter school.

deleted text begin (a) For fiscal
year 2017 only, long-term facilities maintenance revenue for a charter school equals $34
times the adjusted pupil units.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) For fiscal year 2018 only, long-term facilities maintenance revenue for a charter
school equals $85 times the adjusted pupil units.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c) For fiscal year 2019 and later,deleted text end Long-term facilities maintenance revenue for a charter
school equals $132 times the adjusted pupil units.

Subd. 3.

Intermediate districts and other cooperative units.

Upon approval through
the adoption of a resolution by each member district school board of an intermediate district
or other cooperative units under section 123A.24, subdivision 2, and the approval of the
commissioner of education, a school district may include in its authority under this section
a proportionate share of the long-term maintenance costs of the intermediate district or
cooperative unit. The cooperative unit may issue bonds to finance the project costs or levy
for the costs, using long-term maintenance revenue transferred from member districts to
make debt service payments or pay project costs. Authority under this subdivision is in
addition to the authority for individual district projects under subdivision 1.

Subd. 4.

Facilities plans.

(a) To qualify for revenue under this section, a school district
or intermediate district, not including a charter school, must have a ten-year facility plan
adopted by the school board and approved by the commissioner. The plan must include
provisions for implementing a health and safety program that complies with health, safety,
and environmental regulations and best practices, including indoor air quality management
and remediation of lead hazards.

(b) The district must annually update the plan, submit the plan to the commissioner for
approval by July 31, and indicate whether the district will issue bonds to finance the plan
or levy for the costs.

(c) For school districts issuing bonds to finance the plan, the plan must include a debt
service schedule demonstrating that the debt service revenue required to pay the principal
and interest on the bonds each year will not exceed the projected long-term facilities revenue
for that year.

Subd. 5.

Bond authorization.

(a) A school district may issue general obligation bonds
under this section to finance facilities plans approved by its board and the commissioner.
Chapter 475, except sections 475.58 and 475.59, must be complied with. The authority to
issue bonds under this section is in addition to any bonding authority authorized by this
chapter or other law. The amount of bonding authority authorized under this section must
be disregarded in calculating the bonding or net debt limits of this chapter, or any other law
other than section 475.53, subdivision 4.

(b) At least 20 days before the earliest of the issuance of bonds or the final certification
of levies under subdivision 6, the district must publish notice of the intended projects, the
amount of the bond issue, and the total amount of district indebtedness.

(c) The portion of revenue under this section for bonded debt must be recognized in the
debt service fund.

Subd. 6.

Levy authorization.

A district may levy for costs related to an approved plan
under subdivision 4 as follows:

(1) if the district has indicated to the commissioner that bonds will be issued, the district
may levy for the principal and interest payments on outstanding bonds issued under
subdivision 5 after reduction for any aid receivable under subdivision 9;

(2) if the district has indicated to the commissioner that the plan will be funded through
levy, the district may levy according to the schedule approved in the plan after reduction
for any aid receivable under subdivision 9; or

(3) if the debt service revenue for a district required to pay the principal and interest on
bonds issued under subdivision 5 exceeds the district's long-term facilities maintenance
revenue for the same fiscal year, the district's general fund levy must be reduced by the
amount of the excess.

Subd. 7.

Long-term facilities maintenance equalization revenue.

deleted text begin (a) For fiscal year
2017 only, a district's long-term facilities maintenance equalization revenue equals the lesser
of (1) $193 times the adjusted pupil units or (2) the district's revenue under subdivision 1.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (b) For fiscal year 2018 only, a district's long-term facilities maintenance equalization
revenue equals the lesser of (1) $292 times the adjusted pupil units or (2) the district's
revenue under subdivision 1.
deleted text end

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (a)new text end For fiscal year deleted text begin2019deleted text endnew text begin 2023new text end and later, a district's long-term facilities maintenance
equalization revenue equals the lesser of (1) $380 times the adjusted pupil units or (2) the
district's revenue under subdivision 1.

deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text begin (b)new text end Notwithstanding deleted text beginparagraphsdeleted text endnew text begin paragraphnew text end (a) deleted text beginto (c)deleted text end, a district's long-term facilities
maintenance equalization revenue must not be less than the lesser of the district's long-term
facilities maintenance revenue or the amount of aid the district received for fiscal year 2015
under new text beginMinnesota Statutes 2014, new text endsection 123B.59, subdivision 6.

Subd. 8.

Long-term facilities maintenance equalized levy.

(a) deleted text beginFor fiscal year 2017
and later,
deleted text end A district's long-term facilities maintenance equalized levy equals the district's
long-term facilities maintenance equalization revenue minus the greater of:

(1) the lesser of the district's long-term facilities maintenance equalization revenue or
the amount of aid the district received for fiscal year 2015 under Minnesota Statutes 2014,
section 123B.59, subdivision 6; or

(2) the district's long-term facilities maintenance equalization revenue times the greater
of (i) zero or (ii) one minus the ratio of its adjusted net tax capacity per adjusted pupil unit
in the year preceding the year the levy is certified to deleted text begin123deleted text endnew text begin ...new text end percent of the state average
adjusted net tax capacity per adjusted pupil unit for all school districts in the year preceding
the year the levy is certified.

(b) For purposes of this subdivision, "adjusted net tax capacity" means the value described
in section 126C.01, subdivision 2, paragraph (b).

Subd. 8a.

Long-term facilities maintenance unequalized levy.

deleted text beginFor fiscal year 2017
and later,
deleted text end A district's long-term facilities maintenance unequalized levy equals the difference
between the district's revenue under subdivision 1 and the district's equalization revenue
under subdivision 7.

Subd. 9.

Long-term facilities maintenance equalized aid.

deleted text beginFor fiscal year 2017 and
later,
deleted text end A district's long-term facilities maintenance equalized aid equals its long-term facilities
maintenance equalization revenue minus its long-term facilities maintenance equalized levy
times the ratio of the actual equalized amount levied to the permitted equalized levy.

Subd. 10.

Allowed uses for long-term facilities maintenance revenue.

(a) A district
may use revenue under this section for any of the following:

(1) deferred capital expenditures and maintenance projects necessary to prevent further
erosion of facilities;

(2) increasing accessibility of school facilities;

(3) health and safety capital projects under section 123B.57; deleted text beginor
deleted text end

(4) by board resolution, to transfer money from the general fund reserve for long-term
facilities maintenance to the debt redemption fund to pay the amounts needed to meet, when
due, principal and interest on general obligation bonds issued under subdivision 5deleted text begin.deleted text endnew text begin; or
new text end

new text begin (5) by annual board resolution, to transfer money from the general fund reserve for
long-term facilities maintenance to the reserve for operating capital.
new text end

(b) A charter school may use revenue under this section for any purpose related to the
school.

Subd. 11.

Restrictions on long-term facilities maintenance revenue.

Notwithstanding
subdivision 10, long-term facilities maintenance revenue may not be used:

(1) for the construction of new facilities, remodeling of existing facilities, or the purchase
of portable classrooms;

(2) to finance a lease purchase agreement, installment purchase agreement, or other
deferred payments agreement;

(3) for energy-efficiency projects under section 123B.65, for a building or property or
part of a building or property used for postsecondary instruction or administration, or for a
purpose unrelated to elementary and secondary education; or

(4) for violence prevention and facility security, ergonomics, or emergency
communication devices.

Subd. 12.

Reserve account.

The portion of long-term facilities maintenance revenue
not recognized under subdivision 5, paragraph (c), must be maintained in a reserve account
within the general fund.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2023 and later.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 126C.10, subdivision 13, is amended to read:


Subd. 13.

Total operating capital revenue.

(a) Total operating capital revenue for a
district equals the amount determined under paragraph (b) or (c)deleted text begin, plus $79 times the adjusted
pupil units for the school year
deleted text end. The revenue must be placed in a reserved account in the
general fund and may only be used according to subdivision 14.

(b) Capital revenue for a district equals deleted text begin$109deleted text endnew text begin $348new text end times the district's deleted text beginmaintenance cost
index times its
deleted text end adjusted pupil units for the school year.

(c) The revenue for a district that operates a program under section 124D.128, is increased
by an amount equal to $31 times the number of adjusted pupil units served at the site where
the program is implemented.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective for revenue for fiscal year 2023 and later.
new text end

Sec. 3.

Laws 2021, First Special Session chapter 13, article 7, section 2, subdivision 3, is
amended to read:


Subd. 3.

Long-term facilities maintenance equalized aid.

For long-term facilities
maintenance equalized aid under Minnesota Statutes, section 123B.595, subdivision 9:

$
108,582,000
.....
2022
$
deleted text begin 111,077,000
deleted text end new text begin .......
new text end
.....
2023

The 2022 appropriation includes $10,660,000 for 2021 and $97,922,000 for 2022.

The 2023 appropriation includes $10,880,000 for 2022 and deleted text begin$100,197,000deleted text endnew text begin $.......new text end for
2023.