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AB-283 Community colleges: property tax revenues. (2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 283


Introduced by Assembly Member Bloom

February 11, 2013


An act to add Section 84751.3 to the Education Code, relating to community colleges, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 283, as introduced, Bloom. Community colleges: property tax revenues.
Existing law requires the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, in calculating each community college district’s revenue level for each fiscal year, to subtract, among other things, local property tax revenue specified by law for general operating support, exclusive of bond interest and redemption, from the total revenues owed.
This bill would require the annual Budget Act to specify the total local property tax revenue, as defined, for community college districts upon which the General Fund appropriation for community college districts is based.
The bill would require the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to certify to the Controller the actual property tax revenue for the prior year.
The bill would require the Controller to transfer funds between the General Fund and Section B of the State School Fund, which is administered by the California Community Colleges for apportionments to community colleges, as applicable, based on whether the amount of property tax revenue received plus any previous amount transferred to Section B of the State School Fund is greater than or less than the amount specified in the annual Budget Act. The bill would thereby make an appropriation. To the extent that the funds appropriated by this bill are allocated to community college districts for purposes of the bill, the funds may be applied toward the minimum funding requirements imposed by Section 8 of Article XVI of the California Constitution.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 84751.3 is added to the Education Code, to read:

84751.3.
 (a) The annual Budget Act shall specify the total local property tax revenue (net of excess) for community college districts upon which the General Fund appropriation for community college districts is based. For purposes of this section, “total local property tax revenue” means local property tax revenue as described in subdivisions (a) and (d) of Section 84751, and does not include the revenue described in subdivision (b) of Section 84751.
(b) The Chancellor of the California Community Colleges shall certify to the Controller, on or before December 31 of each year, the actual property tax revenue for the prior year based on information reported on each district’s Annual Financial and Budget Report.
(c) If the total amount of property tax revenue identified in subdivision (a) is greater than the amount of property tax revenue identified in subdivision (b) plus any previous amount transferred to Section B of the State School Fund pursuant to this section for the same period, the Controller, at the time of the next general apportionment certification by the chancellor, shall transfer an amount equal to the difference from the General Fund to Section B of the State School Fund for the purposes of Section 84750.5. If the amount of property tax revenue identified in subdivision (b) plus any previous amount transferred to Section B of the State School Fund pursuant to this section is greater than the amount of property tax revenue identified in subdivision (a) for the same period, the Controller, at the time of the next general apportionment certification by the chancellor, shall transfer an amount equal to the difference from Section B of the State School Fund to the General Fund.