130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 115  As Introduced
As Introduced

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
2013-2014
H. B. No. 115


Representative Schuring 



A BILL
To enact section 126.33 of the Revised Code to create the Local Government Bridge Fund for the purpose of providing grants to local governments up to the reduced amount of funds the government received in fiscal years 2012 and 2013 from the Local Government Fund to assist in the implementation of efficiency and cost-saving measures, and to make an appropriation.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1.  That section 126.33 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:
Sec. 126.33.  (A) As used in this section:
(1) "Subdivision" means a county, township, or municipal corporation.
(2) "Maximum allowable award" means the sum of the following amounts:
(a) The amount the subdivision received from the local government fund in state fiscal year 2011 minus the amount the subdivision received from the local government fund in state fiscal year 2012; plus
(b) The amount the subdivision received from the local government fund in state fiscal year 2011 minus the amount the subdivision received from the local government fund in state fiscal year 2013.
(B) There is hereby created in the state treasury the local government bridge fund, which shall consist of money appropriated to the fund. The director of budget and management shall use money in the fund to award grants to subdivisions as provided in this section.
(C) A subdivision may apply to the director of budget and management, in the manner prescribed by the director, to receive a grant from the local government bridge fund. A subdivision may not apply for a grant in excess of the subdivision's maximum allowable award. The director shall approve a subdivision for a grant from the fund if, to the director's satisfaction, the applicant subdivision establishes or provides all of the following:
(1) Evidence that, without funding from the local government bridge fund, the applicant subdivision will be required to reduce the level of services provided directly to residents of the subdivision in the subdivision's following fiscal year compared with the level of such services provided in the subdivision's current fiscal year. In determining the level of such services, any costs related to the internal administrative organization of the subdivision shall be excluded.
(2) Evidence that any growth in the applicant subdivision's general fund budget has been proportionate to or proportionately less than the subdivision's growth in population over the ten preceding fiscal years. If the growth in the subdivision's general fund budget is proportionally greater than the growth in the subdivision's population, the subdivision shall provide a written explanation of the reasons for such disproportionate growth.
(3) A written plan for developing and implementing, within two years, measures that would reduce the applicant subdivision's costs and increase its efficiency for the purpose of balancing future budgets or that would increase collaboration with other subdivisions to share services and reduce costs. If state law would impede a plan submitted under division (C)(3) of this section from being effective, the subdivision shall submit the plan assuming that state law was amended to remove the impediment and shall provide an explanation of amendments to state law that would need to be enacted before the plan could be effective.
(D) The director shall award to each approved applicant a grant up to the subdivision's maximum allowable award.
(E) The director may require, as a condition of receiving a grant under this section, that an approved applicant agree to be subject to a performance audit by the auditor of state conducted pursuant to Chapter 117. of the Revised Code. The costs of any performance audit shall be paid by the subdivision to the auditor of state from the money awarded to the subdivision under this section.
Section 2.  The Director of Budget and Management shall prescribe guidelines and forms for the grant program described in section 126.33 of the Revised Code on or before September 30, 2013, and shall accept applications from subdivisions for grants between October 1, 2013, and October 31, 2013. The Director shall notify applying subdivisions whether or not the subdivision will be awarded a grant and the amount of any awarded grant on or before November 30, 2013. The Director shall distribute awarded grant money to approved subdivisions between January 1, 2014, and January 31, 2014.
Section 3. All items in this section are hereby appropriated as designated out of any moneys in the state treasury to the credit of the designated fund. For all appropriations made in this act, those in the first column are for fiscal year 2014 and those in the second column are for fiscal year 2015. The appropriations made in this act are in addition to any other appropriations made for the FY 2014-FY 2015 biennium.
Appropriations
OBM OFFICE OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT
State Special Revenue Fund Group
5ME0 042612 Local Government Bridge Grants $ 200,000,000 $ 0
TOTAL SSR State Special Revenue Fund Group $ 200,000,000 $ 0
TOTAL ALL BUDGET FUND GROUPS $ 200,000,000 $ 0

LOCAL GOVERNMENT BRIDGE GRANTS
The foregoing appropriation item 042612, Local Government Bridge Grants, shall be used to distribute grants pursuant to section 126.33 of the Revised Code, as enacted by this act.
On December 31, 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter, the Director of Budget and Management shall transfer $200,000,000 cash from the General Revenue Fund to the Local Government Bridge Fund (Fund 5ME0), created in section 126.33 of the Revised Code, as enacted by this act.
Section 4. Within the limits set forth in this act, the Director of Budget and Management shall establish accounts indicating the source and amount of funds for each appropriation made in this act, and shall determine the form and manner in which appropriation accounts shall be maintained. Expenditures from appropriations contained in this act shall be accounted for as though made in the main operating appropriations act of the 130th General Assembly.
The appropriations made in this act are subject to all provisions of the main operating appropriations act of the 130th General Assembly that are generally applicable to such appropriations.
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