The Compensation Board’s normal process of providing localities with an estimate of the state’s contribution for Constitutional Officers continues to be pushed back due to the state budget impasse. In normal years, the Compensation Board provides budget estimates to localities two weeks after the General Assembly adjourns from the regular session and then provides localities with a final approved budget on May 1.
At the Compensation Board’s April 23 meeting, Executive Secretary Robyn de Socio discussed how the Compensation Board budget process will work if a state budget is passed in any of the next seven weeks. The main point of the discussion was that the Compensation Board will work under an expedited process to e-mail localities notifying them that budget estimates are available anywhere from 3-5 days after the General Assembly approves a state budget. State code also requires a 3-day notice period before the Compensation Board’s public budget hearing, and a 10-day notice period before the Compensation Board may set final budgets. Final budgets cannot be set until after action by the Governor to veto or offer amendments to the budget approved by the General Assembly. Final approved Compensation Board budgets for Constitutional Officers are anticipated to be provided in late June, assuming passage of a state budget by mid-June.
“The Compensation Board is working to ensure that we are ready to provide localities with funding estimates and final approved budgets as quickly as possible upon passage of a state budget,” said de Socio.
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