Honorable Jim Keffer, Chair, House Committee on Energy Resources
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
SB1747 by Uresti (Relating to funding and donations for county transportation projects, including projects of county energy transportation reinvestment zones.), As Engrossed
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The bill would amend the Transportation Code to allow counties to designate County Energy Transportation Reinvestment Zones (CETRZ) in order to promote transportation infrastructure projects in areas affected by oil and gas exploration and production activities. The bill would allow counties to use revenue from taxes designated to a CETRZ to finance certain transportation projects.
The bill would establish a Transportation Infrastructure Fund (TIF) as a dedicated fund inside the Treasury outside the General Revenue Fund consisting of any federal funds received by the state deposited to the credit of the fund and any required state matching funds, money appropriated to the credit of the fund by the Legislature, interest earned on fund balances, or other revenue or returns from the investment of money in the fund. Money in the TIF could only be appropriated to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to implement the provisions of the bill.
The bill would establish a grant program for transportation infrastructure projects located in a county containing a CETRZ financed by the TIF if the TIF has a positive fund balance. To be eligible for a grant, the county would be required to provide matching funds in an amount equal to at least ten percent of the amount of the grant. A county that TxDOT determines is economically disadvantaged would be required to provide matching funds in an amount equal to at least five percent of the amount of the grant. The bill would require TxDOT to administer the grant program and authorize TxDOT to use up to one percent of the total amount deposited to the TIF in the previous fiscal year for administrative costs.
The bill would take effect on September 1, 2013.
The number of CETRZs that would be established under the provisions of the bill and number and scope of eligible transportation projects is unknown. The bill does not identify a specific funding source or amount of funds to be deposited to the new TIF but would require the TIF to have a positive fund balance before TxDOT could implement the new grant program. For the purposes of this analysis, it is assumed the Legislature would appropriate $1 million each year from the General Revenue Fund to capitalize the TIF for the purpose providing grants. This analysis also assumes that CETRZs would be established in fiscal year 2014; that CETRZs would apply for and receive grant funds from the TIF beginning in fiscal year 2014; and that appropriations and grants of the same amount would continue in subsequent years. Based on the information provided by TxDOT, it is assumed that any costs associated with implementing the program could be accommodated within the one percent administrative allowance provide by the bill and within the agency's existing resources.
Note: This legislation would do one or more of the following: create or recreate a dedicated account in the General Revenue Fund, create or recreate a special or trust fund either with or outside of the Treasury, or create a dedicated revenue source. The fund, account, or revenue dedication included in this bill would be subject to funds consolidation review by the current Legislature.
601 Department of Transportation, 304 Comptroller of Public Accounts
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