2020 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Austin
Create Airport Opportunity Fund

Item 435 #1h

Item 435 #1h

First Year - FY2021 Second Year - FY2022
Department of Aviation FY2021 $2,000,000 FY2022 $2,000,000 GF

Page 427, line 32, strike "$2,821,422" and insert "$4,821,422".
Page 427, line 32, strike "$2,821,422" and insert "$4,821,422".

Page 427, after line 48, insert:

"C.1 There is hereby created in the state treasury a special nonreverting fund that is a subfund of the Commonwealth Transportation Fund, known as the Airport Opportunity Fund, referred to in this section as "the Fund." The Fund shall be established on the books of the Comptroller. All funds appropriated for such purpose and any gifts, donations, grants, bequests, and other funds received on its behalf shall be paid into the state treasury and credited to the Fund. Expenditures and disbursements from the Fund shall be made by the State Treasurer on warrants issued by the Comptroller upon written request signed by the Executive Director of the Department of Aviation or their designee. Interest earned on moneys in the Fund shall remain in the Fund and be credited to it. Moneys in the Fund shall be used solely for the purposes enumerated in subparagraph 3.

2. If the Department's ends a fiscal year with a cash balance of at least five percent of the year's total appropriation, the Department shall request that the Treasurer transfer to the Airport Opportunity Fund an amount of up to five percent of that year's surplus, not to exceed $2 million, unless the Secretary of Transportation determines that such a transfer is not in the long-term interest of the Department. Such determination shall be made in writing by the Secretary of Transportation to the Department. Requests to transfer such revenues shall be made by August 30 of the ensuing fiscal year.

3. Moneys in the Fund shall be used to fund the development and implementation of a national and international marketing program and to provide incentives, as prescribed by the Board of Commissioners, for expanding the use of Virginia's airports.

4. The Department shall develop, and the Board shall approve, guidelines governing the use of incentives that comply with applicable Virginia laws.

5. Out of the amounts appropriated for this item, $2,000,000 the first year and $2,000,000 the second year from the general fund shall be deposited in the Airport Opportunity Fund to effectuate the provisions of this paragraph."


(This amendment establishes the Airport Opportunity Fund to provide grants to Virginia's airports to assist in economic development efforts. The amendment provides $2.0 million from the general fund each year to support the Fund.)