FARMINGTON -- A bill sponsored by Rep. Stephen Handy, R-Layton, that would remove a procedural glitch in the timing of educational fund distribution could mean a one-time infusion of $3 million for the Davis School District.
House Bill 49 would amend provisions in the Minimum School Program Act in regard to board levy programs and would require the state to appropriate the full amount of the state's contribution to local districts each year.
It would benefit four school districts, including Davis.
Craig Carter, business manager for the Davis district, said the change is worth $3 million to the district.
Currently, state officials delay the appropriation of guaranteed district funding because of the timing of the certified tax rate. Because of that delay, approximately $19.3 million in guaranteed funds is sitting in an account.
Handy said the bill deals with what he calls an "appropriations orphan" and allows a district to get its full funding amount in a given year. It does not generate any new tax revenue; it merely speeds up the distribution of that funding.
The bill has already cleared the House and has been sent to the Senate for further review.
Tim Leffel, financing and accounting administrator for the Davis district, said the windfall is based on one year's balance in the Board and Voted Leeway Program.
He said district funding is based on actual collections and a guarantee amount. He said the Legislature has to guess as to the amount, which can result in leftover funds.
Any funds coming into the district will be allocated by the school board, Leffel said
The funds, he said, can cover various purposes that would be one-time in nature, such as programs, textbook adoptions or a one-time bonus for employees to cover revenue shortages.