Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Status of Infrastructure Grants

The grants have been scored and the summative evaluation sheets have been completed. Recommendations for funding made on the basis of the scores have been submitted to SDE management. Hopefully, within the next two weeks, paperwork to move the process forward will be submitted to the Office of Policy and Management (OPM). OPM makes recommendations to the Governor's office for items to be placed onto the Bond Commission's agenda. The Governor's office decides what will be placed on the agenda. Please remember that the Governor has said that she would like to keep the amount of state debt down; as taxpayers we understand that and want the state to maintain a high bond rating. Everything can't be put out to bond at once...hence the wait time. As you might remember, it took about a year for the last infrastructure money to be placed onto the Bond Commission's agenda.

So, in answer to the question that many of you are asking, I don't know when we will be able to notify you about the awards. I am hopeful, that before you complete your form 470 in the fall, that we will be able to send out projected award letters.