LGF County Allocation Estimates
The House and Senate Budget Conferees have completed their work on the FY 17-18 budget. SCAC received the confirmed spreadsheet late Friday. The conference committee increased the Local Government Fund base funding level by $10 million and adopted the House proposal for funding government employer pension increases. This appropriation pays for the full 2 percent state government employer increase and 1 percent of the local government employers increase.
Together this represents a $44 million recurring increase for local government.
Although SCAC would have preferred the Senate pension proposal, the total amount of state-shared recurring revenue appropriated by the conference committee far exceeds the dollar amount requested in SCAC’s policy position. More than 7 percent of the state’s general fund recurring increase went to county government this year.
Additionally, the conference committee adopted the FEMA match allocation of $68 million for Hurricane Matthew and $5 million for the 2014 Winter Storm Local Matching Funds.
Almost 60 percent of FEMA match money will go to local governments.
These allocations can only be viewed as a major victory for county government, especially in light of the enormous fiscal pressure the General Assembly was under this year. This result is a direct reflection of the hard work, emails, and phone calls made by county officials. Every county official should congratulate themselves on a job well done.
The members of the budget conference committee were Senators Leatherman, Bennett, and Setzler and Representatives White, Pitts, and Stavrinakis. Please take the time to thank every member of the conference committee for the work they put in for state government, local government, and your and their constituents.
Also call your Senate and House members, thank them, and ask that they support the conference report on the budget when it is proposed on Tuesday, June 6.
A spreadsheet showing the Local Government Fund County Estimates for FY 17-18 as passed by the Conference Committee is available here. Please contact SCAC staff with any questions you may have at 1-800-922-6081.