FY 2016 Appropriation

The Compendium of Budget Information (COBI) detail's Utah's budget and related financial transactions. It contains summaries of issues faced by legislators, performance measures, background information, financial history, and references to statutory authority. It is provided as a companion to appropriations bills considered in the 2015 General Session of the Utah State Legislature.

Utah's budget from all sources totalled $13.5 billion at the end of the 2014 General Session. Within that amount is about $5.8 billion (43%) in discretionary General and Education fund appropriations.

Going forward, FY 2016 Base Budgets total $13.1 billion and will include $5.5 billion in General and Education Fund appropriations. By rule, all prior-year one-time General and Education fund appropriations are stripped-out of the base. Federal funds and dedicated credits can increase to as much as 125% of what was authorized in FY 2015. Transfers and nonlapsing balances included in base budget bills are as calculated based upon other independent variables.

To drill-down into the budget, start by choosing a subcommittee from the "COBI 2015" drop-down menu above, or search "COBI 2015" followed by a key word in the search bar at the top of every page. For a tutorial and video tour of this new COBI, watch Budgeting in Utah: A Legislators Guide - Part 3, Budget Tools - COBI 2015.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $16,609,292,400 from all sources. This is a 2.2 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $6,282,123,700 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 8.8 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Utah is unique in that all legislators serve on the Joint Appropriations Committee. That committee is divided into eight issue-oriented appropriations subcommittees. The subcommittees are:

COBI is organized around these subcommittees - plus the Executive Appropriations Committee (EAC). To drill-down into agency, line-item, and program budgets covered by a particular subcommittee or by EAC, choose an entity from the drop-down menus at the top of each COBI page.

Learn more about Utah's budget process by watching our YouTube video "Budgeting in Utah - A Legislator's Guide: Part 1, Process Overview".

Appropriations acts include more than just the operating, capital, and expendable fund appropriations. They also authorize state agencies and the state Division of Finance to operate Internal Service and Enterprise funds ("Business-like Activities"), move money among funds ("Restricted Fund and Account Transfers"), and sweep fund and account balances into the General and Education funds ("Transfers to Unrestricted Funds"). The Legislature further includes in appropriations acts certain trust and agency funds that it has reviewed ("Fiduciary Funds"). Different types of appropriations can be displayed by choosing them from the "Appropriations Type" drop-down below.

Learn more about different types of appropriations from our YouTube video "Budgeting in Utah - A Legislator's Guide: Part 2, Kinds of Appropriations".

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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.