Fiscal Highlights - November 2016

Student Enrollment Continues to Grow - Ben Leishman ( PDF)

A total of 644,476 students enrolled in Utah public schools this fall. This is an increase of 10,580 students, an increase of 1.67 percent. The total enrollment was approximately 851 students higher than originally projected last fall.
Over the past month, staff from the Fiscal Analyst Office have been working with staff from the Governor's Office and Utah State Board of Education to develop consensus student enrollment projections for fall 2017. This projection will be used to develop the FY 2018 budget. Student enrollment is projected to increase to a total of 654,565 students, an increase of 10,089 students or 1.57 percent.
We estimate that the total cost of this increased enrollment will be approximately $102.7 million, with $68.0 million coming from state funds and the remainder from local property tax revenue in the school districts.
As with all estimates, there remains some risk that the projected enrollment numbers will be too low or the taxable value of property within the school districts is too high, both scenarios may increase the cost of enrollment growth to the state. We will continue to monitor the factors used to develop the various projections throughout the coming months and recommend adjustments as needed.
November 2016 Content ( PDF)

Access to High Quality Schools - Hector R. Zumaeta Santiago
During the 2016 General Session, the Utah State Legislature appropriated $11 Million for 3 years (t...
An Evaluation of Tax Exceptions and Inducements - Andrea Wilko
Utah offers more than 170 exceptions to tax code and inducements to behavior change. They can be r...
An Update on Internal Service Fund Rates - Sean C. Faherty
On November 15th, the Executive Appropriations Committee heard an update on internal service funds....
As the Holidays Begin, Let's Discuss Debt Affordability - Steven M. Allred
I recently had the opportunity to attend a National Conference of State Legislatures fiscal seminar...
B&C Roads Funding May Reach $175 Million in 2017 - Thomas E. Young
The 4th Special Session of the 2016 Legislature addressed B and C Roads funding. Among the formula ...
Comprehensive Study of Career and Technical Education in Utah - Jill L.Curry
House Bill 337, Career and Technical Education Comprehensive Study (2015 General Session), created ...
FY 2018 Capital Development Rankings - Brian Wikle
As defined by UCA 63A-5-104, "capital development" means 1) a remodeling, site, or utility project ...
Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI): Status Report - Gary R. Syphus
During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature passed House Bill 348 commonly referred to as th...
Managing the $173 Million DCFS Budget - Clare Tobin Lence
At the October 2016 meeting of the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee, LFA staff present...
Student Enrollment Continues to Grow - Ben Leishman
A total of 644,476 students enrolled in Utah public schools this fall. This is an increase of 10,58...
Unclaimed Property: A Pleasant Surprise - Alexander R. Wilson
The Utah State Office of the Treasurer has made significant progress over the last three years in r...
Updated Full Medicaid Expansion Cost Estimates - Russell T. Frandsen
Staff was asked to update full Medicaid expansion cost scenarios. This resulted in five changes to ...
USHE Data Available, More to Come - Spencer C. Pratt
The Utah System of Higher Education collects and organizes a significant amount of data from each o...

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