FY 2016 Appropriation

The Guarantee Transportation Program assists a minority of small school districts in providing pupil transportation services not covered through the Transportation Finance Formula. The program also assists these districts with the added transportation costs associated with remote locations and small student populations.

Program funding supports district efforts in purchasing new buses, providing special busing for hazardous walking areas, and funding transportation costs associated with field and activity trips. A local school board qualifies for program funding if it expends revenue equal to at least 0.0002 per dollar of taxable value of the school district's Board Local Levy. The state contributes an amount not to exceed 85% of the state average cost per mile to qualifying school districts.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $500,000 from all sources for Guarantee Transportation Program. This is a 0 percent change from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $500,000 from the General/Education Funds, a change of 0 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.


Please refer to the statutory provisions and State Board of Education rules identified in the Pupil Transportation - To and From School Program for more information.

Intent Language

HB0002: Item 2

The Legislature intends that the State Board of Education review the Pupil Transportation Allocation Formula and recommend ways to improve the formula to increase efficiency, simplify allocation methodology to school districts, and provide incentives for alternative transportation methods. The Legislature further intends that the State Board of Education report its recommendations to the Education Interim Committee and the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee by October 31, 2015.

HB0002: Item 2

The Legislature intends that the State Board of Education and State Board of Regents provide joint recommendations on how to ensure that each concurrent enrollment course is taught by a qualified instructor, that credits earned by students count towards major and minor degree requirements at state colleges and universities, and that students are advised on the transferability of credits to private and out of state institutions. The Legislature also intends that these recommendations be reported to the Education Interim Committee and the Public Education Appropriations Committee by October 31, 2015.

State revenue supporting the Guarantee Transportation Program has remained stable for the last decade at $500,000 annually.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.