2022 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Floor Approved)

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Backfill Deficit in Office of Drinking Water

Item 296 #1s

Item 296 #1s

First Year - FY2023 Second Year - FY2024
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health FY2023 $0 FY2024 $1,000,000 GF
FY2023 $1,833,505 FY2024 $0 NGF

Page 309, line 16, strike "$37,678,013" and insert "$39,511,518".
Page 309, line 16, strike "$37,678,013" and insert "$38,678,013".

Page 309, after line 41, insert:

"E. Out of this appropriation, $1,833,505 from indirect cost recoveries the first year and $1,000,000 from the general fund the second year is provided to cover the operational costs of the Office of Drinking Water.  

2. The Virginia Department of Health and the Department of Planning shall evaluate the budget for the Office of Drinking Water to: (i) determine the reasons behind the budget shortfall for the office beginning in fiscal year 2022; (ii) identify and explore funding opportunities in order to maximize nongeneral fund sources that can be used to support the office; (iii) analyze the office's budget to determine cost efficiencies, including consideration of merging the office with another appropriate office in the department to achieve cost savings; and (iv) report findings and recommendations on the budget shortfall, funding opportunities and cost efficiencies to the Governor, and the Chairs of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance and Appropriations Committees by September 1, 2022."


(This amendment provides $1.8 million from indirect cost recoveries the first year and $1.0 million from the general fund the second year to fund a budget shortfall in the Office of Drinking Water. Decisions in the past few years by the office resulted in increased operational expenses that were temporarily funded from nongeneral fund balances until those balances were exhausted in fiscal year 2022. To cover the shortfall in fiscal year 2022, $850,000 from the general fund was transferred from the budget for the local health districts to support the Office of Drinking Water. This amendment provides funding to ensure the operations of the office in the first year and requires a thorough analysis of how the office is funded to ensure adequate funding for the office going forward.)