1998 Session

Budget Bill - SB29 (Introduced)

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Department of Health

Item 315

Item 315

First Year - FY1997Second Year - FY1998
Environmental Resources Management (51200)$37,526,131$41,972,708
Sewage and Wastewater Regulation (51205)FY1997 $1,416,371FY1998 $1,362,948
Water Supply Engineering (51207)FY1997 $36,109,760FY1998 $40,609,760
Fund Sources:  
GeneralFY1997 $2,803,527FY1998 $7,250,104
SpecialFY1997 $3,090,004FY1998 $3,090,004
Federal TrustFY1997 $31,632,600FY1998 $31,632,600

Authority: §§ 32.1-163 through 32.1-176.7; 32.1-246; 32.1-246.1; and 62.1-44.18 through 62.1-44.19:1, Code of Virginia; and P.L. 95-217, P.L. 93-523 and P.L. 92-500, Federal Code.

A. It is the intent of the General Assembly that the Virginia Department of Health be the agency designated to receive and manage general and nongeneral funds appropriated pursuant to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996. Any funds unexpended as of June 30, 1998, shall be reappropriated for the same use in the succeeding year.

B. It is the intent of the General Assembly that the fee schedule for charges to community waterworks be reduced to the level necessary to cover the cost of operating the Waterworks Technical Assistance Program, consistent with § 32.1-171.1, Code of Virginia.

C. Out of this appropriation, $4,000,000 the first year shall be provided in the form of a loan to the Coalfield Water Development Fund, Inc. The funds shall be used to assist in the financing of new drinking water facilities in the following rural communities in southwestern Virginia, where no such facilities existed on the date of enactment of the Safe Drinking Water Amendments of 1996, and where such communities are experiencing economic hardship: the Counties of Lee, Wise, Scott, Dickenson, Russell, Buchanan, Tazewell, and the City of Norton. The terms and conditions of repayment, including interest rates, shall be agreed upon by the Board of Directors of the Coalfield Water Development Fund, Inc., and the Virginia Department of Health.