Act 73 Clean Water Fund

2017 Act 73 Working Group on Water Quality Funding

The General Assembly passed Act 73 in the spring of 2017, which included a mandate to the Agency of Natural Resources to form a working group “to develop recommendations for equitable and effective long-term funding methods to support clean water efforts in Vermont.”

Section 26 of Act 73 states: “On or before November 15, 2017, the Working Group on Water Quality Funding shall submit to the General Assembly a summary of its activities, an evaluation of existing sources of funding, and draft legislation to establish equitable and effective long-term funding methods to support clean water efforts in Vermont.”

The members of the Working Group are:
(1) the Secretary of Natural Resources or designee;
(2) one member from the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, appointed by the Board of Directors of that organization;
(3) the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets or designee;
(4) a representative of the Vermont Center for Geographic Information;
(5) the Commissioner of Taxes or designee;
(6) one member representing commercial or industrial business interests in the State, to be appointed by the Governor, after consultation with other business groups in the State.

The Working Group shall be supported by an Advisory Council, which shall meet no fewer than three times.

Working Group Meeting on June 28, 2017
Agenda
Minutes

Working Group Meeting on July 14, 2017
Agenda and Handouts
Minutes

Working Group Meeting on July 28, 2017
Agenda
Minutes
Handout: Administrative Options for Parcel or Impervious Surface Stormwater Fee

Working Group Meeting on August 11, 2017 
Agenda
Minutes
Handout: Letter from Sec. Moore to Sen. Bray
Handout: Memo from Jeff Wennberg
Handout: VLCT Estimated Cost of Establishing Separate Billing System for Stormwater Fees
Handout: Tax Department Memo, “State Property Tax Administration: Considerations & Questions”
Handout: Treasurer’s Report Annualized 20-year Tier 1 costs broken out by sector and landowner

Working Group Meeting on August 25, 2017
Agenda
Minutes
Handout: State of Vermont Budget
Handout: Water Quality Funding Report Table of Contents
Handout: VCGI Memo

Advisory Council Meeting on September 8, 2017
Agenda
Minutes
Meeting Presentation (Opens as a Powerpoint)

Working Group Meeting on September 22, 2017
Agenda

Advisory Council Meeting on October 13, 2017
Material to be posted

Working Group Meeting on November 3, 2017
Material to be posted

Advisory Council Meeting on November 14, 2017
Material to be posted

 

For Questions, contact:

Rebecca Ellis, Deputy Commissioner, VT Department of Environmental Conservation at rebecca.ellis@vermont.gov or (802) 828-1556.