2016 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Lingamfelter
Additional HB 599 Funding

Item 400 #1h

Item 400 #1h

First Year - FY2017 Second Year - FY2018
Public Safety and Homeland Security
Department of Criminal Justice Services FY2017 $18,300,000 FY2018 $36,600,000 GF

Page 340, line 43, strike "$179,136,938" and insert "$197,436,938".
Page 340, line 43, strike "$179,136,938" and insert "$215,736,938".


(This amendment restores over the biennium the funding for certified local police departments at the pre-Great Recession level. The 599 programs provides state funding assistance to 38 cities, 9 counties, and 128 towns representing just under 70 percent of all Virginians. The General Assembly enacted the program as a means to help cities no longer allowed to annex as well as to equalize state support between localities with police departments and those depending on sheriffs' offices for general law enforcement. The amounts requested will restore funding to the pre-recession fiscal year 2008 levels of $215 million per year.  Since the program's beginning in the late 1970s, state appropriations have often been cut or level-funded despite the statutory funding formula to tie appropriations to the growth of the state general fund. Under the statutory formula, total annual appropriations would approach $300 million per year.)