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AB-235 School finance: school district annual budgets: reserve balances.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.

 Section 42127.01 of the Education Code is amended to read:

42127.01.
 (a) In a fiscal year immediately after a fiscal year in which a transfer is made into the  the moneys in the  Public School System Stabilization Account,  Account are equal to or exceed 3 percent of the combined total of General Fund revenues appropriated for school districts pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 41202 and allocated local proceeds of taxes pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 41202 for that fiscal year,  a school district budget that is adopted or revised pursuant to Section 42127 shall not contain a combined assigned or unassigned ending fund  General Fund  balance that is in excess of the following:
(1) For school districts with fewer than 400,000 400,000 or fewer  units of average daily attendance, the sum of the school district’s applicable minimum recommended reserve for economic uncertainties adopted by the state board pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 33128, multiplied by two.
(2) For school districts with more than 400,000 units of average daily attendance, the sum of the school district’s applicable minimum recommended reserve for economic uncertainties adopted by the state board pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 33128, multiplied by three.
(b) A county superintendent of schools may grant a school district under its jurisdiction an exemption from the requirements of subdivision (a) for up to two consecutive fiscal years within a three-year period if the school district provides documentation indicating that extraordinary fiscal circumstances, including, but not limited to, multiyear infrastructure or technology projects, substantiate the need for a combined assigned or unassigned ending fund  General Fund  balance that is in excess of the minimum recommended reserve for economic uncertainties. As a condition of receiving an exception, exemption,  a school district shall do all of the following:
(1) Provide a statement that substantiates the need for an assigned and unassigned ending fund  General Fund  balance that is in excess of the minimum recommended reserve for economic uncertainties.
(2) Identify the funding amounts in the budget adopted by the school district that are associated with the extraordinary fiscal circumstances.
(3) Provide documentation that no other fiscal resources are available to fund the extraordinary fiscal circumstances.
(c) This section shall become operative on December 15, 2014, only if Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 1 of the 2013–14 Second Extraordinary Session is approved by the voters at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election. If Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 1 of the 2013–14 Second Extraordinary Session is not approved by the voters at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election, this section shall not become operative and is repealed on January 1, 2015. not apply to a basic aid school district, as defined in subdivision (o) of Section 42238.02, or to a small school district, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 44046. 
(d) For purposes of this section, “combined assigned or unassigned ending General Fund balance” refers to assigned and unassigned moneys in the general fund accounts of school districts, including assigned and unassigned moneys in the Special Fund for Other Than Capital Outlay.
(e) The Superintendent shall notify school districts and county offices of education whenever the conditions specified in subdivision (a) are met, and shall notify school districts and county offices of education when those conditions no longer exist.
SEC. 2.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.