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HF 3293

as introduced - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 03/05/2018 02:49pm

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

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to transportation finance; modifying and establishing transportation finance,
budgeting, and accounting requirements related to the Metropolitan Council;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473.13, subdivisions 1, 4.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473.13, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Budget.

(a)new text begin Except as provided in paragraph (b),new text end on or before December
20 of each year, the council shall adopt a final budget covering its anticipated receipts and
disbursements for the ensuing year and shall decide upon the total amount necessary to be
raised from ad valorem tax levies to meet its budget. The budget deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end state in detail
the expenditures for each program to be undertaken, including the expenses for salaries,
consultant services, overhead, travel, deleted text beginprinting,deleted text end and other items. The budget deleted text beginshalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end state
in detail thenew text begin council's nontransportationnew text end capital expenditures of the council for the budget
year, based on a five-year capital program adopted by the council and transmitted to the
legislature. After adoption of the budget and no later than five working days after December
20, the council shall certify to the auditor of each metropolitan county the share of the tax
to be levied within that county, which must be an amount bearing the same proportion to
the total levy agreed on by the council as the net tax capacity of the county bears to the net
tax capacity of the metropolitan area. The maximum amount of any levy made for the
purpose of this chapter may not exceed the limits set by the statute authorizing the levy.

(b)new text begin For the transportation components of the council's budgeting, each fiscal year starts
July 1 and ends the following June 30. On or before June 15 of each year, the council must
adopt a final budget for the transportation components that identifies its anticipated receipts
and disbursements for the next fiscal year. The budget must state in detail the expenditures
to be undertaken for each program, including the expenses for salaries, consultant services,
overhead, travel, and other items. The budget must state in detail the council's transportation
capital expenditures for the budget year, based on a five-year capital program adopted by
the council and transmitted to the legislature.
new text end

new text begin (c) As part of the budget under paragraph (b) innew text end each even-numbered yearnew text begin,new text end the council
deleted text begin shalldeleted text endnew text begin mustnew text end prepare for its transit programs a financial plan for the succeeding three deleted text begincalendardeleted text end
yearsdeleted text begin, in half-year segmentsdeleted text end. The financial plan must contain schedules of user charges and
any changes in user charges planned or anticipated by the council during the period of the
plan. The financial plan must contain a proposed request for state financial assistance for
the succeeding biennium.

deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text begin (d)new text end In addition, deleted text beginthedeleted text endnew text begin eachnew text end budgetnew text begin under paragraphs (a) and (b)new text end must show for each
year:

(1) the estimated operating revenues from all sources including funds on hand at the
beginning of the year, and estimated expenditures for costs of operation, administration,
maintenance, and debt service;

(2) capital improvement funds estimated to be on hand at the beginning of the year and
estimated to be received during the year from all sources and estimated cost of capital
improvements to be paid out or expended during the year, all in such detail and form as the
council may prescribe; and

(3) the estimated source and use of pass-through funds.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION. new text end

new text begin This section is effective beginning with the
transportation budget period under paragraph (b) that starts July 1, 2019, and applies in the
counties of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.
new text end

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 473.13, subdivision 4, is amended to read:


Subd. 4.

Accounts;new text begin accounting system; controls;new text end audits.

new text begin(a) new text endThe council shall keep
an accurate account of its receipts and disbursements.new text begin For the transportation components
of the council's financial activity, the council must use the state accounting system maintained
by the commissioner of management and budget under sections 16A.14 and 16A.15.
new text end

new text begin (b)new text end Disbursements of council money must be made by check or by electronic funds
transfer, signed or authorized by the chair or vice-chair of the council, and countersigned
or authorized by its regional administrator or designee after whatever auditing and approval
of the expenditure may be required by the council.

new text begin (c)new text end The state auditor shall audit the books and accounts of the council once each year,
or as often as funds and personnel of the state auditor permit. The council shall pay to the
state the total cost and expenses of the examination, including the salaries paid to the auditors
while actually engaged in making the examination. The general fund must be credited with
all collections made for any examination.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION. new text end

new text begin This section is effective July 1, 2019, for the
transportation budget period that starts on that date and applies in the counties of Anoka,
Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington.
new text end