COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 26
February 22, 2002
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Changes to the Fiscal Year 2002 and the 2002-2004 Biennial Budgets Proposed by the Senate and the House of Delegates
On Sunday, February 17, 2002, the Senate Finance and House Appropriations Committees adopted changes to the 2002-2004 biennial budget as introduced by former Governor Gilmore (reference Informational Superintendent's Memorandum No. 187, dated December 21, 2001) as well as changes to the amended fiscal year 2002 budget proposed by Governor Gilmore (reference Informational Superintendent's Memorandum No. 186, dated December 21, 2001). The committees proposed changes were adopted this week by the full membership of the House of Delegates and the Senate. The adopted changes affect fiscal years 2002, 2003, and 2004. Fiscal year 2002 began on July 1, 2001, and ends on June 30, 2002. Fiscal year 2003 begins on July 1, 2002, and ends on June 30, 2003. Fiscal year 2004 begins on July 1, 2003, and ends on June 30, 2004.
The introduced budget for the 2002-2004 biennium (HB/SB 30) and the amended fiscal year 2002 budget (HB/SB 29) are the budgets against which the House of Delegates and the Senate made changes. The attachments to this memorandum provide information on the changes adopted by the House and the Senate. Unless changes are specifically noted in the attachments, Governor Gilmores proposals contained in the introduced versions of HB/SB 29 and HB/SB 30 were adopted. Alternatively, Governor Warners proposed amendments must be adopted specifically by the House of Delegates and the Senate to be included in the budget. The attachments to this memorandum include:
Attachment A A summary of changes proposed by the Senate and the House of Delegates to Governor Gilmores amended fiscal year 2002 budget (HB/SB 29) and his 2002-2004 introduced budget (HB/SB 30).
Attachment H A summary of Senate Bill 170, which would provide for a half percent sales and use tax increase statewide to be distributed to localities for public education. The tax increase would become effective on July 1, 2003, subject to approval by a statewide voter referendum.
Please note that the funding entitlements adopted by the House of Delegates and the Senate that are contained in Attachments B through E are based on the departments latest projections of average daily membership (ADM) for each school division. If you wish to see the effects of a different ADM for your school division, please use the calculation tool described in the following paragraph.
In addition to the above attachments, four downloadable Excel files were created to assist divisions in calculating projected state entitlements and required local matches for the Direct Aid to Public Education accounts. Attachment F to this memorandum provides detailed instructions for accessing these Excel files. The four Excel files calculate school division funding based on the Senate and House budget proposals for fiscal year 2002 and for fiscal years 2003 and 2004. The files allow you to use the departments or your own projections of ADM in calculating state entitlements and local matches. If you believe that you have a more accurate projection of your divisions ADM, please use it for projecting your entitlements.
The Excel files are located on the departments website and may be downloaded from the following address:
Please note that the recommendations proposed by the House of Delegates and the Senate are not final. A Conference Committee will make final recommendations after differences between the House and Senate budget proposals have been resolved. The Conference Committee's recommendations will be presented to each chamber in early March for consideration and final adoption.
Final action by each chamber will occur before adjournment of the 2002 Session, which is scheduled for March 9, 2002. After final actions have been taken, the department will provide you with additional information concerning the budget in a regulatory superintendents memorandum. After adjournment, the budgets will be presented to the Governor. The Governor will have several options that include signing each budget with no changes, returning each budget to the General Assembly with vetoes, returning each budget to the General Assembly with amendments, or returning each budget to the General Assembly with some combination of vetoes and amendments. The General Assembly will consider any vetoes or amendments at their reconvened veto session scheduled for April 17, 2002.
If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Daniel S. Timberlake, assistant superintendent for finance, or budget office staff
at (804) 225-2025.