|SPI - Pupil Transportation|
|Dollars in Thousands
|FY 97 FTEs||General Fund-State||Other Funds||Total Funds|
|1995-97 Expenditure Authority||328,753||328,753|
|Contractor Bus Depreciation||492||492|
|Subtotal - Supplemental Changes||2,044||2,044|
|Total Proposed Budget||330,797||330,797|
|Percent Change from Current Biennium||.6%||.6%|
|Estimated weighted pupil miles for pupil transportation are increased by 4,907 (from 4,032,001 to 4,036,908 weighted pupil miles) for an estimated cost of $152,000. Estimated reimbursement to school districts for school bus purchases is increased by $1,400,000 (from $20,877,000 to $22,277,000).
|Contractor Bus Depreciation|
|Funding is provided to shorten bus lifetimes on the depreciation schedule for school buses purchased by private companies contracting with school districts to transport students. The 1996 supplemental budget provided $9.0 million for reimbursing school districts for shorter lifetimes for buses owned by the districts. The appropriation did not include money for shorter lifetimes for contractor-owned buses. The additional $492,000 will allow state depreciation payments for contractor-owned buses to be based on the same lifetimes as school district buses. The additional cost for the 1996-97 school year is $615,000. Eighty percent of this amount falls in the 1996-97 state fiscal year, and the remaining 20 percent falls in the 1997-98 state fiscal year (July and August 1997).