INTRODUCED BY F. Anderson
By Request of the Office of Budget and Program Planning
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT APPLYING INFLATIONARY ADJUSTMENTS TO SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA COMPONENTS; AMENDING SECTION 209306, MCA; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND AN APPLICABILITY DATE."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 209306, MCA, is amended to read:
"209306. Definitions. As used in this title, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following definitions apply:
(1) "BASE" means base amount for school equity.
(2) "BASE aid" means:
(a) direct state aid for 44.7% of the basic entitlement and 44.7% of the total perANB entitlement for the general fund budget of a district;
(b) guaranteed tax base aid for an eligible district for any amount up to 35.3% of the basic entitlement, up to 35.3% of the total perANB entitlement budgeted in the general fund budget of a district, and 40% of the special education allowable cost payment;
(c) the total quality educator payment;
(d) the total atrisk student payment;
(e) the total Indian education for all payment;
(f) the total American Indian achievement gap payment; and
(g) the total dataforachievement payment.
(3) "BASE budget" means the minimum general fund budget of a district, which includes 80% of the basic entitlement, 80% of the total perANB entitlement, 100% of the total quality educator payment, 100% of the total atrisk student payment, 100% of the total Indian education for all payment, 100% of the total American Indian achievement gap payment, 100% of the total dataforachievement payment, and 140% of the special education allowable cost payment.
(4) "BASE budget levy" means the district levy in support of the BASE budget of a district, which may be supplemented by guaranteed tax base aid if the district is eligible under the provisions of 209366 through 209369.
(5) "BASE funding program" means the state program for the equitable distribution of the state's share of the cost of Montana's basic system of public elementary schools and high schools, through county equalization aid as provided in 209331 and 209333 and state equalization aid as provided in 209343, in support of the BASE budgets of districts and special education allowable cost payments as provided in 209321.
(6) "Basic entitlement" means:
(a) for each high school district:
(i) $315,481 for fiscal year 2020 and $321,254 $326,073 for fiscal year 2022 and $334,453 for each succeeding fiscal year for school districts with an ANB of 800 or fewer; and
(ii) $315,481 for fiscal year 2020 and $321,254$326,073 for fiscal year 2022 and $334,453 for each succeeding fiscal year for school districts with an ANB of more than 800, plus $15,774 for fiscal year 2020 and $16,063 $16,304 for fiscal year 2022 and $16,723 for each succeeding fiscal year for each additional 80 ANB over 800;
(b) for each elementary school district or K12 district elementary program without an approved and accredited junior high school, 7th and 8th grade program, or middle school:
(i) $52,579 for fiscal year 2020 and $53,541 $54,344 for fiscal year 2022 and $55,741 for each succeeding fiscal year for school districts or K12 district elementary programs with an ANB of 250 or fewer; and
(ii) $52,579 for fiscal year 2020 and $53,541 $54,344 for fiscal year 2022 and $55,741 for each succeeding fiscal year for school districts or K12 district elementary programs with an ANB of more than 250, plus $2,630 for fiscal year 2020 and $2,678$2,718 for fiscal year 2022 and $2,788 for each succeeding fiscal year for each additional 25 ANB over 250;
(c) for each elementary school district or K12 district elementary program with an approved and accredited junior high school, 7th and 8th grade program, or middle school:
(i) for the district's kindergarten through grade 6 elementary program:
(A) $52,579 for fiscal year 2020 and $53,541 $54,344 for fiscal year 2022 and $55,741 for each succeeding fiscal year for school districts or K12 district elementary programs with an ANB of 250 or fewer; and
(B) $52,579 for fiscal year 2020 and $53,541 $54,344 for fiscal year 2022 and $55,741 for each succeeding fiscal year for school districts or K12 district elementary programs with an ANB of more than 250, plus $2,630 for fiscal year 2020 and $2,678 $2,718 for fiscal year 2022 and $2,788 for each succeeding fiscal year for each additional 25 ANB over 250; and
(ii) for the district's approved and accredited junior high school, 7th and 8th grade programs, or middle school:
(A) $105,160 for fiscal year 2020 and $107,084 $108,690 for fiscal year 2022 and $111,483 for each succeeding fiscal year for school districts or K12 district elementary programs with combined grades 7 and 8 with an ANB of 450 or fewer; and
(B) $105,160 for fiscal year 2020 and $107,084 $108,690 for fiscal year 2022 and $111,483 for each succeeding fiscal year for school districts or K12 district elementary programs with combined grades 7 and 8 with an ANB of more than 450, plus $5,258 for fiscal year 2020 and $5,354$5,434 for fiscal year 2022 and $5,574 for each succeeding fiscal year for each additional 45 ANB over 450.
(7) "Budget unit" means the unit for which the ANB of a district is calculated separately pursuant to 209311.
(8) "Direct state aid" means 44.7% of the basic entitlement and 44.7% of the total perANB entitlement for the general fund budget of a district and funded with state and county equalization aid.
(9) "Maximum general fund budget" means a district's general fund budget amount calculated from the basic entitlement for the district, the total perANB entitlement for the district, the total quality educator payment, the total atrisk student payment, the total Indian education for all payment, the total American Indian achievement gap payment, the total dataforachievement payment, and the greater of the district's special education allowable cost payment multiplied by:
(a) 175%; or
(b) the ratio, expressed as a percentage, of the district's special education allowable cost expenditures to the district's special education allowable cost payment for the fiscal year that is 2 years previous, with a maximum allowable ratio of 200%.
(10) "OverBASE budget levy" means the district levy in support of any general fund amount budgeted that is above the BASE budget and below the maximum general fund budget for a district.
(11) "Total American Indian achievement gap payment" means the payment resulting from multiplying $216 for fiscal year 2020 and $220 $223 for fiscal year 2022 and $229 for each succeeding fiscal year times the number of American Indian students enrolled in the district as provided in 209330.
(12) "Total atrisk student payment" means the payment resulting from the distribution of any funds appropriated for the purposes of 209328.
(13) "Total dataforachievement payment" means the payment provided in 209325 resulting from multiplying $21.03 for fiscal year 2020 and $21.41$21.73 for fiscal year 2022 and $22.29 for each succeeding fiscal year by the district's ANB calculated in accordance with 209311.
(14) "Total Indian education for all payment" means the payment resulting from multiplying $21.96 for fiscal year 2020 and $22.36$22.70 for fiscal year 2022 and $23.28 for each succeeding fiscal year times the ANB of the district or $100 for each district, whichever is greater, as provided for in 209329.
(15) "Total perANB entitlement" means the district entitlement resulting from the following calculations and using either the current year ANB or the 3year ANB provided for in 209311:
(a) for a high school district or a K12 district high school program, a maximum rate of $7,201 for fiscal year 2020 and $7,333$7,443 for fiscal year 2022 and $7,634 for each succeeding fiscal year for the first ANB, decreased at the rate of 50 cents per ANB for each additional ANB of the district up through 800 ANB, with each ANB in excess of 800 receiving the same amount of entitlement as the 800th ANB;
(b) for an elementary school district or a K12 district elementary program without an approved and accredited junior high school, 7th and 8th grade program, or middle school, a maximum rate of $5,624 for fiscal year 2020 and $5,727$5,813 for fiscal year 2022 and $5,962 for each succeeding fiscal year for the first ANB, decreased at the rate of 20 cents per ANB for each additional ANB of the district up through 1,000 ANB, with each ANB in excess of 1,000 receiving the same amount of entitlement as the 1,000th ANB; and
(c) for an elementary school district or a K12 district elementary program with an approved and accredited junior high school, 7th and 8th grade program, or middle school, the sum of:
(i) a maximum rate of $5,624 for fiscal year 2020 and $5,727$5,813 for fiscal year 2022 and $5,962 for each succeeding fiscal year for the first ANB for kindergarten through grade 6, decreased at the rate of 20 cents per ANB for each additional ANB up through 1,000 ANB, with each ANB in excess of 1,000 receiving the same amount of entitlement as the 1,000th ANB; and
(ii) a maximum rate of $7,201 for fiscal year 2020 and $7,333$7,443 for fiscal year 2022 and $7,634 for each succeeding fiscal year for the first ANB for grades 7 and 8, decreased at the rate of 50 cents per ANB for each additional ANB for grades 7 and 8 up through 800 ANB, with each ANB in excess of 800 receiving the same amount of entitlement as the 800th ANB.
(16) "Total quality educator payment" means the payment resulting from multiplying $3,275 for fiscal year 2020 and $3,335$3,385 for fiscal year 2022 and $3,472 for each succeeding fiscal year by the number of fulltime equivalent educators as provided in 209327."
Section 2. Effective date. [This act] is effective July 1, 2021.
Section 3. Applicability. [This act] applies to school fiscal years beginning on or after July 1, 2021.
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