Training Center Funding - New Ideas and Old Favorites It has been the experience of IBG that federal and state funding avenues for public services training facilities are generally difficult to come by. Many government agencies take the approach that facilities (bricks and mortar) are the responsibility of the local jurisdiction. Most government grants address equipment, public education, and consumable supply needs. Below are descriptions of alternative funding resources that IBG feels are worthy of review and consideration.
Local and State Bonds Many governmental entities commonly fund capital projects through the issuance of bonds. There are many advantages to bonds for both the issuer and the buyer (or investor). BACKGROUND - Bonds are issued by state and local governments, also called municipalities, to raise money for public works projects like the construction and maintenance of bridges, public safety training centers and water treatment facilities. A bond issuer (the municipality) sells the bond to the bond holder (the investor). The bond holder lends the issuer a fixed amount of money for a certain amount of time in exchange for regularly scheduled interest payments. Municipal bonds are one of the safest long-term investments. Municipal bonds are exempt from federal, state and local income taxes if you live in the issuing municipality. Since 1913, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has allowed investors to withhold paying income tax on any earnings from municipal bonds. When the interest rates for municipal bonds are higher than for Treasury bills, an investor earns significantly more especially money since earnings are not taxed.
An excellent resource of a successful training center bond is the West Metro Fire District in Lakewood Colorado. In 2006 voters approved an initiative which allowed the fire district to sell $43 million dollars of construction bonds for new fire stations and a fire training center. A synopsis of the West Metro bond effort may be found at: Identifying Alternative Funding Sources To Ensure Sustainability
State Funding Alternatives Some states, such as Wyoming, have developed specialized funding programs that are available to county and local governments. Sources of the funding vary from state to state; in Wyoming it is derived largely from mineral resources. For example: In Wyoming the State Land Investment Board (SLIB) administers the Mineral Royalty Grant (MRG) Program and the Countywide Consensus (CWC) Grants Program. The MRG awards grant to:
- Alleviate an emergency situation which poses a direct and immediate threat to public health, safety or welfare.
- To comply with federal or state mandates.
- To provide an essential public service.
Funding for a public safety training facility was included in an $846 million bonding bill in the state of Minnesota. Within the bond was $1.46 million for a public safety and education training center. The funding can be used for design plans. The overall training center project is budgeted at $20 million. A key consideration (and important selling point) was the regional aspect of the project. The center will cater to EMS, police and fire personnel, the local community college, and regional hospital.
In Oregon a 280-acre land mass was zoned as farm land. By special state legislation the land was re-considered as an essential location for a public services training facility. This legislation will allow for the construction of a public services training center on the 280-acre parcel.
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