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SF 2519

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 04/01/2019 04:15pm

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

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A bill for an act
relating to education finance; authorizing long-term facilities maintenance revenue
for school safety facility enhancements; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section
123B.595.

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

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2018, 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 2019 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, 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 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.

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)deleted text end For fiscal year 2019 and later, 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.new text begin The plan may include provisions for enhancing school
safety through physical modifications to school facilities as described in subdivision 4a.
new text end

(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.

new text begin Subd. 4a. new text end

new text begin School safety facility enhancements. new text end

new text begin For fiscal years 2020, 2021, and 2022
only, a school district may include in its facilities plan a school safety facilities plan. School
safety projects may include remodeling and new construction for school security
enhancements, and equipment and facility modifications related to violence prevention and
facility security. Projects authorized prior to July 1, 2022, may be included in the plan until
the projects are complete.
new text end

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 solicitation of bids, 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 2019 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 123 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;

new text begin (4) school safety facility enhancements authorized under subdivision 4a;new text end or

deleted text begin (4)deleted text endnew text begin (5)new text end 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 5.

(b) A charter school may use revenue under this section for any purpose related to the
schoolnew text begin, including school safety facility enhancementsnew text end.

Subd. 11.

Restrictions on long-term facilities maintenance revenue.

Notwithstanding
subdivision 10, new text beginfor projects other than school safety facility enhancements authorized under
subdivision 4a,
new text endlong-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.