WEST virginia legislature
2020 regular session
Senate Bill 589
Senators Prezioso, Baldwin, Beach, Facemire, Hardesty, Ihlenfeld, Jeffries, Lindsay, Palumbo, Plymale, Romano, Stollings, Unger, and Woelfel, original sponsors
[Passed March 7, 2020; in effect 90 days from passage]
AN ACT to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §31-15A-17c, relating to critical needs in state water and sewer systems; creating a Critical Needs/Failing Systems Sub Account; funding the sub account with excess uncommitted loan balances; authorizing loans or grants to address a critical immediate need of water or sewer services; and exempting the sub account from certain grant limitations.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 15A. WEST VIRGINIA INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOBS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.
§31-15A-17c. Critical Needs and Failing Systems Sub Account.
Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary:
(a) The Water Development Authority shall establish a separate and segregated sub account in the Infrastructure Fund designated the Critical Needs and Failing Systems Sub Account into which the council may instruct the Water Development Authority to transfer from the uncommitted loan balances for each congressional district on June 30 each year up to $4 million per congressional district.
(b) The council shall direct the Water Development Authority to make loans or grants from the Critical Needs and Failing Systems Sub Account when the council determines that a project will address a critical immediate need by:
(1) The continuation of water or wastewater services;
(2) Addressing water facility or wastewater facility failure due to the age of the facility or facilities; or
(3) Providing extensions to a water facility or wastewater facility that will add customers with a total project cost of less than $1 million.
(c) Grant limitations and allocations contained in §31-15A-10(b) and §31-15A-10(c) of this code do not apply to grants made from the Critical Needs and Failing Systems Sub Account.