HOUSE BILL 326
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2019
Eliseo Lee Alcon and D. Wonda Johnson and Harry Garcia and Patricia A. Lundstrom and Anthony Allison
RELATING TO PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCE; PHASING OUT THE INCLUSION OF IMPACT AID IN THE DEFINITION OF "FEDERAL REVENUE" FOR THE PURPOSE OF DETERMINING THE STATE EQUALIZATION GUARANTEE DISTRIBUTION; MAKING AN APPROPRIATION.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 22-8-25 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1981, Chapter 176, Section 5, as amended) is amended to read:
"22-8-25. STATE EQUALIZATION GUARANTEE DISTRIBUTION--
DEFINITIONS--DETERMINATION OF AMOUNT.--
A. The state equalization guarantee distribution is that amount of money distributed to each school district to ensure that its operating revenue, including its local
and federal revenues as defined in this section, is at least equal to the school district's program cost. For state-chartered charter schools, the state equalization guarantee distribution is the difference between the state-chartered charter school's program cost and the two percent withheld by the department for administrative services.
B. "Local revenue", as used in this section, means seventy-five percent of receipts to the school district derived from that amount produced by a school district property tax applied at the rate of fifty cents ($.50) to each one thousand dollars ($1,000) of net taxable value of property allocated to the school district and to the assessed value of products severed and sold in the school district as determined under the Oil and Gas Ad Valorem Production Tax Act and upon the assessed value of equipment in the school district as determined under the Oil and Gas Production Equipment Ad Valorem Tax Act.
C. "Federal revenue", as used in this section, means receipts to the school district or state-chartered charter school, excluding amounts that, if taken into account in the computation of the state equalization guarantee distribution, result, under federal law or regulations, in a reduction in or elimination of federal school funding otherwise receivable by the school district, derived from the following:
(1) seventy-five percent of the school district's share of forest reserve funds distributed in accordance with Section 22-8-33 NMSA 1978; and
(2) [seventy-five percent of] portions of grants from the federal government as assistance to those areas affected by federal activity authorized in accordance with Title 20 of the United States Code, commonly known as "PL 874 funds" or "impact aid", as follows:
(a) for fiscal year 2020, fifty percent;
(b) for fiscal year 2021, twenty-five percent; and
(c) for fiscal year 2022 and subsequent fiscal years, no portion.
D. To determine the amount of the state equalization guarantee distribution, the department shall:
(1) calculate the number of program units to which each school district or charter school is entitled using an average of the MEM on the second and third reporting dates of the prior year; or
(2) calculate the number of program units to which a school district or charter school operating under an approved year-round school calendar is entitled using an average of the MEM on appropriate dates established by the department; or
(3) calculate the number of program units to which a school district or charter school with a MEM of two hundred or less is entitled by using an average of the MEM on the second and third reporting dates of the prior year or the fortieth day of the current year, whichever is greater; and
(4) using the results of the calculations in Paragraph (1), (2) or (3) of this subsection and the staffing cost multiplier from the October report of the prior school year, establish a total program cost of the school district or charter school;
(5) for school districts and state-chartered charter schools, calculate the local and federal revenues as defined in this section;
(6) deduct the sum of the calculations made in Paragraph (5) of this subsection from the program cost established in Paragraph (4) of this subsection;
(7) deduct the total amount of guaranteed energy savings contract payments that the department determines will be made to the school district from the public school utility conservation fund during the fiscal year for which the state equalization guarantee distribution is being computed; and
(8) deduct ninety percent of the amount certified for the school district by the department pursuant to the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bonding Act.
E. Reduction of a school district's state equalization guarantee distribution shall cease when the school district's cumulative reductions equal its proportional share of the cumulative debt service payments necessary to service the bonds issued pursuant to the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bonding Act.
F. The amount of the state equalization guarantee distribution to which a school district is entitled is the balance remaining after the deductions made in Paragraphs (6) through (8) of Subsection D of this section.
G. The state equalization guarantee distribution shall be distributed prior to June 30 of each fiscal year. The calculation shall be based on the local and federal revenues specified in this section received from June 1 of the previous fiscal year through May 31 of the fiscal year for which the state equalization guarantee distribution is being computed. In the event that a school district or charter school has received more state equalization guarantee funds than its entitlement, a refund shall be made by the school district or charter school to the state general fund."
SECTION 2. APPROPRIATION.--Fifteen million one hundred eighty-eight thousand six hundred thirty-three dollars ($15,188,633) is appropriated from the general fund to the state equalization guarantee distribution of the public school fund for expenditure in fiscal year 2020 to carry out the provisions of this act. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2020 shall revert to the general fund.
SECTION 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2019.