Section 1. Capital Expenditures; Heath and Safety
Subdivision 1. Health and safety revenue application.
Paragraph (a) Requires the district to submit their health and safety budget instead of the health and safety program for approval by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). Requires the budget to be organized by Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS) finance code instead of by building. Strikes language limiting the uses of the revenue.
Paragraph (c) Prohibits the commissioner from making eligibility for revenue contingent on a district’s compliance status and prohibits the commissioner from requiring additional training, certifications, or compliance evaluations as a prerequisite for levy approval.
Subd. 2. Health and safety policy. Requires districts to adopt a health and safety policy in order to qualify for revenue. Broadens the requirements of a health and safety policy, strikes specific content requirements of a district’s health and safety revenue program.
Subd.6. Uses of health and safety revenue. Defines and clarifies the allowable uses of health and safety revenue. Strikes prohibited uses of health and safety revenue.
Subd. 6a. Restrictions of health and safety revenue. Outlines restrictions on the use of health and safety revenue, reinserts stricken prohibition language from subdivision 6.
Subd. 6b. Health and safety projects.
Paragraph (a) Requires health and safety revenue applications to include a description of each project identified in the budget.
Paragraph (b) Allows districts to request funding based on estimates, recommendations, or mandates. Allows certain multisite project costs to exceed $500,000.
Paragraph (c) Requires costs to be reported using the appropriate UFARS code.
Paragraph (d) Requires a fire marshal plan review for certain projects.
Paragraph (e) Requires actual expenditures to be reported. Allows the commissioner to request additional information of the district if costs significantly exceed estimates.
Subd. 6c. Appeals process. Allows the district to submit a written appeal to the commissioner if their project request is denied. Requires the commissioner to respond in writing. Makes certain requirements of a district’s appeal.
Subd. 8. Health, safety, and environmental management cost.
Paragraph (a) Provides a cross-reference for the definition of “health, safety, and environmental management.”
Paragraph (c) Prohibits the commissioner from mandating management assistance. Removes the ability of the commissioner to approve revenue for health, safety, and environmental management plans that use district staff to accomplish coordination and provided services.
Section 2. Health and safety policy. Allows a district to apply to the commissioner for health and safety revenue for taxes payable in 2012 without having submitted a Health and Safety Plan under subdivision 2.