HB2511 H ED AM 1-28 #1
The Committee on Education moves to amend the bill on page one, following the enacting clause, by striking the remainder of the bill and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
“That §13-1-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that §18-9D-2 of said Code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
CHAPTER 13. PUBLIC BONDED INDEBTEDNESS.
ARTICLE 1. BOND ISSUES FOR ORIGINAL INDEBTEDNESS.
§13-1-2. Purposes for which bonds may be issued.
(a) Debt may be incurred and bonds issued under this article for the purpose of acquiring, constructing and erecting, enlarging, extending, reconstructing or improving any building, work, utility or undertaking, including in the case of county boards of education if they so choose, costs related to the demolition or destruction of school buildings or structures being replaced and lawful disposal of the materials, or for furnishing, equipping and acquiring or procuring the necessary apparatus for any building, work, improvement or department, or for establishing and maintaining a library or museum for the public use, or a building or structure for educational purposes, or acquiring a recreation park for the public use, or for acquiring, constructing, furnishing, equipping and maintaining civic arenas, auditoriums, exhibition halls and theaters, or for other similar corporate purpose, or for the acquiring, constructing, maintaining, repairing, improving public roads and transportation facilities, for which the political division is authorized to levy taxes or expend public money. But no bonds shall be issued for the purpose of providing funds for the current expenses of any body or political division. Interest accruing during the construction period, that is to say, the time when an improvement is under construction and six months thereafter, shall be deemed a part of the cost of the improvement, and shall not be deemed current expenses. All engineering and inspection costs, including a proper proportion of the compensation, salaries and expenses of the engineering staff of the political division properly chargeable to any work or improvements, as determined by the governing body, or the estimated amount of such costs, shall be deemed part of the cost of an improvement. All costs and estimated costs of the issuance of bonds shall be deemed a part of the cost of the work or improvement, or of the property, or of the carrying out of the purposes for which such bonds are to be issued. The power to acquire or construct any building, work or improvement as herein provided shall be deemed to include the power to acquire the necessary lands, sites and rights-of-way therefor.
(b) Bonds may also be issued by any municipality having a population of fifty thousand or more or by any county for the purpose of acquiring land and constructing a building or buildings for use and occupancy as a college. The proposal for such a bond issue shall contain a provision that there shall be created a commission or committee for the purpose of operating the building or buildings and for renting the same for an amount sufficient to pay the interest and sinking fund on the bonds proposed to be issued, and shall contain a further provision that in the event a sufficient amount is not realized from rent or rents for the purpose of meeting the debt service, then the city or county shall lay a levy for such purpose in an amount sufficient within the constitutional and statutory limitation to pay the interest and principal on such bonds as the same become due and payable. The proposal may also contain a provision that when the bonds and the interest thereon shall have been paid, then the title to the land and the building or buildings situated thereon may be transferred to the college to which the same have been rented.
CHAPTER 18. EDUCATION.
ARTICLE 9D. SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY.
For the purposes of this article, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
(1) "Authority" means the School Building Authority of West Virginia;
(2) "Bonds" means bonds issued by the authority pursuant to this article;
(3) "Construction project" means a project in the furtherance of a facilities plan with a cost greater than §1 million for the new construction, expansion or major renovation of facilities, buildings and structures for school purposes, including:
(A) The acquisition of land for current or future use in connection with the construction project;
(B) New or substantial upgrading of existing equipment, machinery and furnishings;
(C) Installation of utilities and other similar items related to making the construction project operational.
(D) Construction project does not include such items as books, computers or equipment used for instructional purposes; fuel; supplies; routine utility services fees; routine maintenance costs; ordinary course of business improvements; other items which are customarily considered to result in a current or ordinary course of business operating charge or a major improvement project;
(4) "Cost of project" means the cost of construction, expansion, renovation, repair and safety upgrading of facilities, buildings and structures for school purposes; the cost of land, equipment, machinery, furnishings, installation of utilities and other similar items related to making the project operational, including, if adequate playgrounds and play areas do not already exist, the cost of constructing, renovating and equipping playgrounds and play areas up to a cost not exceeding $25,000; and the cost of financing, interest during construction, professional service fees and all other charges or expenses necessary, appurtenant or incidental to the foregoing, including the cost of administration of this article;
(5) "Facilities plan" means the ten-year countywide comprehensive educational facilities plan established by a county board in accordance with guidelines adopted by the authority to meet the goals and objectives of this article that:
(A) Addresses the existing school facilities and facility needs of the county to provide a thorough and efficient education in accordance with the provisions of this code and policies of the state board. As used in this article, “facility” in the singular or plural includes school playgrounds and play areas to promote student health;
(B) Best serves the needs of individual students, the general school population and the communities served by the facilities, including, but not limited to, providing for a facility infrastructure that avoids excessive school bus transportation times for students consistent with sound educational policy and within the budgetary constraints for staffing and operating the schools of the county;
(C) Includes the school major improvement plan;
(D) Includes the county board’s school access safety plan required by section three, article nine-f of this chapter;
(E) Is updated annually to reflect projects completed, current enrollment projections and new or continuing needs; and
(F) Is approved by the state board and the authority prior to the distribution of state funds pursuant to this article to any county board or other entity applying for funds;
(6) "Project" means a construction project or a major improvement project;
(7) "Region" means the area encompassed within and serviced by a regional educational service agency established pursuant to section twenty-six, article two of this chapter;
(8) “Revenue" or "revenues" means moneys:
(A) Deposited in the School Building Capital Improvements Fund pursuant to section ten, article nine-a of this chapter;
(B) Deposited in the School Construction Fund pursuant to section thirty, article fifteen, chapter eleven of this code and section eighteen, article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of this code;
(C) Deposited in the School Building Debt Service Fund pursuant to section eighteen, article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of this code;
(D) Deposited in the School Major Improvement Fund pursuant to section thirty, article fifteen, chapter eleven of this code;
(E) Received, directly or indirectly, from any source for use in any project completed pursuant to this article;
(F) Received by the authority for the purposes of this article; and
(G) Deposited in the Excess Lottery School Building Debt Services Fund pursuant to section eighteen-a, article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of this code.
(9) "School major improvement plan" means a ten-year school maintenance plan that:
(A) Is prepared by a county board in accordance with the guidelines established by the authority and incorporated in its Countywide Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan, or is prepared by the state board or the administrative council of an area vocational educational center in accordance with the guidelines if the entities seek funding from the authority for a major improvement project;
(B) Addresses the regularly scheduled maintenance for all school facilities of the county or under the jurisdiction of the entity seeking funding;
(C) Includes a projected repair and replacement schedule for all school facilities of the county or of entity seeking funding;
(D) Addresses the major improvement needs of each school within the county or under the jurisdiction of the entity seeking funding; and
(E) Is required prior to the distribution of state funds for a major improvement project pursuant to this article to the county board, state board or administrative council; and
(10) "School major improvement project" means a project with a cost greater than $50,000 and less than $1 million for the renovation, expansion, repair and safety upgrading of existing school facilities, buildings and structures, including the substantial repair or upgrading of equipment, machinery, building systems, utilities and other similar items related to the renovation, repair or upgrading in the furtherance of a school major improvement plan. A major improvement project does not include such items as books, computers or equipment used for instructional purposes; fuel; supplies; routine utility services fees; routine maintenance costs; ordinary course of business improvements; or other items which are customarily considered to result in a current or ordinary course of business operating charge.”