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H. B. 3250

 

         (By Delegate Guthrie)

         [Introduced January 11

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, 2012; referred to the

         Committee on Finance.]

 

 

 

 

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-9D-22, relating to authorizing the School Building Authority to award grants or moneys to county and local library boards in connection with public library construction projects, from any funds appropriated by the Legislature; defining “public library construction project”; requiring a demonstration of county or local effort and fund raising before grants or moneys may be awarded for a public library construction project; describing what costs may be paid by the School Building Authority; setting forth additional powers of authority concerning construction projects; and authorizing the authority to establish guidelines and procedures for the award of grants or moneys for public library construction projects.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-9D-22, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 9D. SCHOOL BUILDING AUTHORITY.

§18-9D-22. Public library construction projects.

    (a) In addition to all other powers and authority granted to the authority under this article, the authority has the power and authority to award grants and moneys to any county or local library board in the state for a public library construction project or projects from any funds appropriated by the Legislature for those purposes from time to time. For purposes of this section, a “public library construction project” means a project with a cost of greater than $1 million for the new construction, expansion or major renovation of facilities, buildings or structures for public library purposes, including the acquisition of land for current or future use in connection with the public library construction project, new or substantial upgrading of existing equipment, machinery or furnishings, and the installation of utilities or other similar items related to making the public library construction project operational. No grant or moneys may be awarded under this section unless the authority determines that the county or local library board, or one or more organizations or groups affiliated with the county or local library board, has raised or will raise funds at the county or local level, in an amount the authority in its discretion deems reasonable and appropriate to demonstrate substantial county or local effort in support of the public library construction project. The local or county funds required to be raised by the county or local library board, or one or more organizations or groups affiliated with the county or local library board, may be raised before or after the effective date of this section.

    (b) Any grants or moneys awarded by the authority under this section to a county or local library board may be used to pay for any and all costs of or associated with the public library construction project, including the cost of construction, expansion, renovation, repair and safety upgrading of facilities, buildings and structures for public library purposes, the cost of land, equipment, machinery, furnishings, installation of utilities and other similar items related to making the public library construction project operational, and the cost of financing, interest during construction, professional service fees and all other charges or expenses necessary, appurtenant or incidental to the foregoing.

    (c) In addition to the power and authority to award grants and moneys to any county or local library board in the state for a public library construction project, the authority has all powers set forth in sections three and section twenty of this article with respect to public library construction projects.

    (d) The authority may establish guidelines and procedures for the award of grants or moneys for public library construction projects, to promote the intent and purposes of this section and assure the prudent and resourceful expenditure of state funds for public library construction projects under this section.




    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to authorize the School Building Authority to award grants and moneys to county or local library boards for public library construction projects, based on a demonstration of substantial county or local effort as evidenced by county or local fund raising, from any moneys that may be appropriated by the Legislature to the School Building Authority for those purposes from time to time.


    

    This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.

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