FY 2016 Appropriation

Funds appropriated to this program are used for fire control expenditures of two kinds, neither of which is predictable with any degree of certainty. The fund covers fire suppression salaries (which vary with the severity of the fire season) and supplies and services required on a case-by-case basis with each fire suppression effort. The appropriation is also used to match county payments into the Wildland Fire Suppression Fund (WFSF) pursuant to UCA 65A-8-204. They also pay half of county fire suppression costs in excess of the county's approved fire suppression budget (for counties not in the Insurance Fund).

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $2,611,700 from all sources for Fire Suppression Emergencies. This is a 62.6 percent reduction from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $1,511,700 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 0.7 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 101

Under the terms of 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands in Item 5, Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of FY 2015. Expenditures of these funds are limited to: Sovereign Lands Projects $1,210,000; Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Dispute $100,000; Little Willow Water Line $32,000; Navigational Hazards Removal $20,000; Lands Maintenance $50,000; Information Database $110,000; Jordan River Assessment $27,000; Bear River Baseline $35,000; Bear Lake Public Access $50,000, Cedar City Office Building $1,000,000.

HB0003: Item 101

The Legislature intends that Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands purchase two new vehicles in FY 2015 through the Division of Fleet Operations.

SB0002: Item 148

The Legislature intends that the $250,000 for Bear Lake Access be contingent upon at least a 50% match from other state and/or local sources.

SB0002: Item 148

The Legislature intends that the $50,000 for Jordan River bank stabilization be contingent upon a one-to-one match from non-state sources.

SB0002: Item 148

The Legislature intends that the $250,000 for LiDAR for Northern Utah be contingent upon a one-to-one match from other state, federal, and/or local sources.

The Suppression Fund provides the flexibility to pay for wildland fire supplies and services as the cost is incurred. Many of the supplies and services are provided by local merchants and contractors. The suppression fund allows payment to local vendors in a reasonable time frame.

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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.