Program Authorization: R.S. 48:751-760; State Constitution of 1974 as amended, Article VII, Section 27; Legislative Appropriation
The Parish Transportation Program provides funding to local government for road systems maintenance, mass transit, and to serve as local match for off-system roads and bridges. The Parish Road appropriation is distributed to the sixty-four parishes for road systems maintenance. State statute provides the funds be distributed on a population-based formula. State statute provides that additional funds over the Fiscal Year 1994 appropriation level ($34,000,000) be distributed to parishes based upon parish road mileage. The Mass Transit appropriation provides funding to the eligible cities or parishes with mass transit systems. Cities and parishes receiving such aid include the following: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, Kenner, St. Bernard Parish, Shreveport, St. Tammany Parish, Houma. Additionally the state Department of Transportation and Development - Transit Division has received funding from this source to provide local match money for the purchase of transit buses. The Local Match appropriation provides funding to local government to serve as match for off-system railroad crossings and bridges for federal aid.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The sources of funding for this program are State General Fund direct and constitutionally dedicated Transportation Trust Fund revenue. The Parish Transportation Program is one of the programs cited by the Transportation Trust Fund statute as being eligible for Transportation Trust Fund money. Article VII, Section 27 of the State Constitution provides for the creation and purpose of the Transportation Trust Fund. Article VII, Section 27 (B) directs "that no less than the avails of the one cent of the tax on gasoline and special fuels shall be appropriated each year to the Parish Transportation Fund, or its successor." State statute and legislative appropriation directive provide for the use and distribution of the funds appropriated to the Parish Transportation Program. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each Statutory Dedicated fund.)
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 84.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 84.3% of the total request ($51,000,000) for this program. The elimination of the State General Fund aid to parishes for road maintenance accounts for the difference between the existing operating budget and total recommended.
Article VII, Section 27(B) of the State Constitution provides that no less than one cent of the tax on gasoline and special fuels shall be appropriated each year to the Parish Transportation Fund, or its successor. Based on the Executive Budget revenue estimates for taxes on gasoline and special fuels, no less than $27,650,000 million shall be appropriated in Fiscal Year 2000 to the Parish Transportation Fund. The Executive Budget recommendation provides for $43,000,000 from the Transportation Trust Fund be appropriated to aid local governments, in road and bridge maintenance, mass transit, and match for off-system railroad crossings and bridge repair. The recommended funding level shall be distributed by formula pursuant to state statute.
State funding for the Parish Transportation Program - Parish Road Portion. Funding is distributed to the sixty-four parishes on a per capita formula basis (pursuant to state statute) for parish road maintenance. (Transportation Trust Fund)
State funding for the Parish Transportation Program - Mass Transit Portion. Funding is distributed to municipalities and parishes with public transit systems (pursuant to state statute or legislative directive in the appropriation) to supplement their mass transit operating budgets. (Transportation Trust Fund)
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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