Under the Safe Clean Water’s Municipal Program, 40% of the funding is allocated to cities as local return with maximum flexibility.

Cities will receive direct funding via the Municipal Program proportional to the revenues generated within its boundaries. The Municipal Program is designed to maximize the ability of local governments to address local Stormwater and Urban Runoff challenges and opportunities. Projects and Programs are required to include a water quality benefit; multi-benefit projects and nature-based solutions are strongly encouraged. The Funding can be used for eligible activities such as project development, design, construction, effectiveness monitoring, operations and maintenance (including operation and maintenance of projects built to comply with 2012 MS4 permits), as well as for other programs and studies related to protecting and improving water quality in lakes, rivers and ocean. Up to 30% of Municipal Funds may be used for Maintenance of Effort–Safe, Clean Water Program eligible activities commenced before the election day.

Municipal Program Fund Estimate 2019-2020

Municipal Program Fund Estimate 2020-2021

Requirements: Cities will provide annual budgets, annual progress and expenditure reports and will participate in periodic independent audits.

Municipal Transfer Agreement Template

Municipal Transfer Agreement Template

Each Municipality may receive the portion of their Municipal Program revenue within 45-days after execution of the Transfer Agreement by the District or within 14-days of the District’s receipt of the Annual Plan for 2020-21 Fiscal Year in compliance with Exhibit A, whichever comes later.

Annually in August – Each subsequent year, a single disbursement is expected to be made once the Auditor-Controller has finalized revenues, anticipated by end of August – disbursements are dependent upon the conditions included in the Transfer Agreement.

Requirements are detailed in the Transfer Agreement and include:

  • Each Municipality’s annual expenditure plan for the ensuing Fiscal Year will be due 45 days from execution and then 90-days prior to the end of the County’s Fiscal Year (April 1st) for each subsequent year.
  • Audit reports – due 9 months after the end of the 3rd Fiscal Year (i.e., 3/31/24, covering July 2020 through June 2023)
  • Progress reports are due annually, 6 months after close of Fiscal Year.

Annual Plans

Each municipality is required to submit an Annual Plan for the upcoming year’s expenditures. The intent of this plan is to provide a description of projects, programs, O&M and other activities that are funded through the SCW program revenue collected for the Municipal Program. The Annual Plan includes the expected Budget Plan of estimated expenditures, overview of benefits achieved, achievement of SCW program goals, work schedule, completion date, and others that will demonstrate the municipality’s plan and use the Municipal Program funds for the upcoming year. Details and content related to the Annual plan can be found on Exhibit A of the Municipal Fund Transfer Agreement.

Annual Plans are due April 1st of each year for the upcoming Fiscal Year (For example, Annual Plan for FY 21-22 will be due April 1st, 2021 and so forth)

The Budget Plan (A-7 on Exhibit A of the Municipal Fund Transfer Agreement) shall include all eligible expenditures for all phases and tasks that will occur over the upcoming fiscal year. The Budget Plan must clearly identify the amount of SCW program revenue that the Municipality is budgeting for all phases and tasks. The District recommends that the Budget Plan account for 80% of the estimated projection in the case that the actual amount collected is less than the estimated projection due to potential reductions from appeals, tax relief options and exemptions. This percentage should be identified in the Budget Plan and accounted for in the subsequent Annual Expenditure Plan, so as not to become subject to the Lapsed Funds provision.

Annual Plans for FY 2020-2021

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