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TO AMEND CHAPTER 27, TITLE 6, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE STATE AID TO SUBDIVISIONS ACT, SO AS TO CHANGE THE NAME OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FUND, TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE FUND RECEIVE NOT LESS THAN FOUR AND ONE-HALF PERCENT OF THE GENERAL FUND REVENUES OF THE LATEST COMPLETED FISCAL YEAR, TO DELETE A PROVISION REGARDING MIDYEAR CUTS, TO PROVIDE THAT THE FUND MUST BE INCREASED BY TWO PERCENT IF REVENUES ARE PROJECTED TO INCREASE BY AT LEAST FOUR PERCENT, TO PROVIDE THAT THE TWO PERCENT INCREASE, IF APPLICABLE, BE INCLUDED IN ALL STAGES OF THE BUDGET PROCESS, TO AMEND THE DISTRIBUTION PERCENTAGE OF THE FUND, AND TO DELETE A PROVISION REQUIRING AMENDMENTS TO THE STATE AID TO SUBDIVISIONS ACT BE INCLUDED IN SEPARATE LEGISLATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 27, Title 6 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
Section 6-27-10. This chapter may be cited as the 'State Aid to Subdivisions Act'.
Section 6-27-20. There is created the Local Government Revenue Sharing Fund administered by the State Treasurer. This fund is part of the general fund of the State.
It is the intent of the General Assembly that this fund not be subject to mid-year cuts. However, if mid-year cuts are mandated by the State Budget and Control Board to avoid a year-end deficit, this fund is not subject to such cuts, except by a majority vote of the entire State Budget and Control Board which is separate and apart from any other reduction. These cuts are permitted only to the extent that counties and municipalities do not receive less funding than received in the immediate preceding fiscal year. The Local Government Revenue Sharing Fund must be financed as provided in this chapter.
Section 6-27-30. (A) In the annual general appropriations act,
an amount equal to not less than four and one-half percent of general fund revenues of the latest completed fiscal year must be appropriated the General Assembly must appropriate funds to the Local Government Revenue Sharing Fund.
(B)(1) In any fiscal year in which general fund revenues are projected to increase by at least four percent, then the appropriation to the Local Government Revenue Sharing Fund for the upcoming fiscal year must be increased by two percent. For purposes of this subsection, beginning with the initial forecast required pursuant to Section 11-9-880, the percentage increase in general fund revenues must be determined by the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office by comparing the current fiscal year's recurring general fund expenditure base with the Board of Economic Advisor's most recent projection of recurring general fund revenue for the upcoming fiscal year. Upon the issuance of the initial forecast, the Executive Director of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office, or his designee, must notify the Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Governor as to whether the requirements of this subsection have been met. The executive director, or his designee, must provide similar notice if subsequent modifications to the forecast change whether the requirements of this subsection have been met. However, the forecast in effect on May thirty-first of the current fiscal year is the final forecast for which it is determined whether the requirements of this subsection have been met, and no subsequent forecast modifications shall have any effect on that determination.
(2) If the provisions of this subsection have been met prior to submission of the Governor's Executive Budget, then the Governor must include the two percent increase to the Local Government Revenue Sharing Fund in the Executive Budget.
(3) The Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office shall determine the current fiscal year's recurring general fund expenditure base, and if the provisions of this subsection are met, the base must be adjusted accordingly.
Section 6-27-40. (A) Not later than thirty days after the end of the calendar quarter, the State Treasurer shall distribute the monies appropriated to the Local Government Revenue Sharing Fund as follows:
and two hundred seventy-eight thousandths percent must be distributed to counties. Of the total distributed to counties, each county must receive an amount based on the ratio that the county's population is of the whole population of this State according to the most recent United States Census.
Sixteen and seven hundred twenty-two thousandths Seventeen percent must be distributed to municipalities. Of the total distributed to municipalities, each municipality must receive an amount based on the ratio that the municipality's population is of the population of all municipalities in this State according to the most recent United States Census.
(B) In making the quarterly distribution to counties, the State Treasurer must notify each county of the amount that must be used for educational purposes relating to the use of alcoholic liquors and for the rehabilitation of alcoholics and drug addicts. Counties may pool these funds with other counties and may combine these funds with other funds for the same purposes. The amount that must be used as provided in this subsection is equal to twenty-five percent of the revenue derived pursuant to Section 12-33-245 allocated on a per capita basis according to the most recent United States Census.
Section 6-27-50. No section of this chapter may be amended or repealed except in separate legislation solely for that purpose.
Section 6-27-55. From funds distributed to the county pursuant to Section 6-27-40, a county council shall provide a reasonable amount of funds for all county offices of state agencies for which the council is required to provide funding by state law."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect on July 1, 2016, and first applies for the annual general appropriations bill process for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.
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