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S.B. 118





Chief Sponsor: Darin G. Peterson

House Sponsor: Patrick Painter

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill makes changes to pupil transportation cost reporting and funding.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires a school district to report pupil transportation costs based on an audited
             13      financial report;
             14          .    requires the Board of Education to allocate pupil transportation funds based on
             15      information reported by school districts from an audited financial report;
             16          .    provides for a minimum allocation for eligible districts;
             17          .    establishes a pupil transportation funding target; and
             18          .    makes technical changes.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          53A-17a-126, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2003, Chapters 221 and 320
             26          53A-17a-127, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 73

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 53A-17a-126 is amended to read:
             30           53A-17a-126. State support of pupil transportation.
             31          (1) Money appropriated to the State Board of Education in Section 53A-17a-104 for
             32      state-supported transportation of public school students shall be apportioned and distributed in
             33      accordance with Section 53A-17a-127 , except as otherwise provided in this section.
             34          (2) (a) The Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind shall use money appropriated in
             35      Section 53A-17a-104 to pay for transportation of their students based on current valid
             36      contractual arrangements and best transportation options and methods as determined by the
             37      schools.
             38          (b) All student transportation costs of the schools shall be paid from the allocation of
             39      pupil transportation monies received under Section 53A-17a-104 .
             40          (3) (a) A school district may only claim eligible transportation costs as legally reported
             41      on the prior year's annual financial report submitted under Section 53A-3-404 . [Each district
             42      shall receive its]
             43          (b) The state shall contribute 85% of approved transportation costs, [except that if
             44      during the] subject to budget constraints.
             45          (c) If in a fiscal year the total transportation allowance for all districts exceeds the
             46      amount appropriated for that purpose, all allowances shall be reduced pro rata to equal not
             47      more than [that amount] the amount appropriated.
             48          (4) Local school boards shall provide salary adjustments to employee groups that work
             49      with the transportation of students comparable to those of classified employees authorized
             50      under Section 53A-17a-137 , when dividing the weighted pupil unit for salary adjustment
             51      purposes.
             52          Section 2. Section 53A-17a-127 is amended to read:
             53           53A-17a-127. Eligibility for state-supported transportation -- Approved bus
             54      routes -- Additional local tax.
             55          (1) A student eligible for state-supported transportation means:
             56          (a) a student enrolled in kindergarten through grade six who lives at least 1-1/2 miles
             57      from school;
             58          (b) a student enrolled in grades seven through 12 who lives at least two miles from

             59      school; and
             60          (c) a student enrolled in a special program offered by a school district and approved by
             61      the State Board of Education for trainable, motor, multiple-disabled, or other students with
             62      severe disabilities who are incapable of walking to school or where it is unsafe for students to
             63      walk because of their disabling condition, without reference to distance from school.
             64          (2) If a school district implements double sessions as an alternative to new building
             65      construction, with the approval of the State Board of Education, those affected elementary
             66      school students residing less than 1-1/2 miles from school may be transported one way to or
             67      from school because of safety factors relating to darkness or other hazardous conditions as
             68      determined by the local school board.
             69          (3) (a) The State [Office] Board of Education shall distribute transportation monies to
             70      school districts based on [three factors]:
             71          (i) an allowance per mile for approved bus routes;
             72          (ii) an allowance per hour for approved bus routes; [and]
             73          (iii) an annual allowance for equipment and overhead costs based on approved bus
             74      routes and the age of the equipment[.]; and
             75          (iv) a minimum allocation for each school district eligible for transportation funding.
             76          (b) The State Board of Education shall distribute appropriated transportation funds
             77      based on the prior year's eligible transportation costs as legally reported under Subsection
             78      53A-17a-126 (3).
             79          [(b)] (c) In order for a bus to be considered for the equipment allowance under
             80      Subsection (3)(a)(iii), it must meet federal and state regulations and standards for school buses.
             81          [(c)] (d) The State [Office] Board of Education shall annually review the allowance per
             82      mile, the allowance per hour, and the annual equipment and overhead allowance and adjust the
             83      allowance to reflect current economic conditions.
             84          (4) (a) Approved bus routes for funding purposes shall be determined on fall data
             85      collected by October 1.
             86          (b) Approved route funding shall be determined on the basis of the most efficient and
             87      economic routes.
             88          (5) A Transportation Advisory Committee with representation from local school
             89      superintendents, business officials, school district transportation supervisors, and the [State

             90      Office of Education] state superintendent's staff shall serve as a review committee for
             91      addressing school transportation needs, including recommended approved bus routes.
             92          (6) (a) A local school board may provide for the transportation of students who are not
             93      eligible under Subsection (1), regardless of the distance from school, from:
             94          (i) general funds of the district; and
             95          (ii) a tax rate not to exceed .0003 per dollar of taxable value imposed on the district.
             96          (b) A local school board may use revenue from the tax to pay for transporting
             97      participating students to interscholastic activities, night activities, and educational field trips
             98      approved by the board and for the replacement of school buses.
             99          (c) (i) If a local school board levies a tax under Subsection (6)(a)(ii) of at least .0002,
             100      the state may contribute an amount not to exceed 85% of the state average cost per mile,
             101      contingent upon the Legislature appropriating funds for a state contribution.
             102          (ii) The [State Office of Education] state superintendent's staff shall distribute the state
             103      contribution according to rules enacted by the State Board of Education.
             104          (d) (i) The amount of state guarantee money [to] which a school district would
             105      otherwise be entitled to receive under Subsection (6)(c) may not be reduced for the sole reason
             106      that the district's levy is reduced as a consequence of changes in the certified tax rate under
             107      Section 59-2-924 due to changes in property valuation.
             108          (ii) Subsection (6)(d)(i) applies for a period of two years following the change in the
             109      certified tax rate.
             110          [(7) There is appropriated for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1999, $225,000 to the
             111      state board as the state's contribution under Subsection (6)(c)(i).]

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