The transportation department budget for Fiscal Year 2006 will produce tangible benefits to Idahoans and improvements to system statewide, explained ITD Director Dave Ekern in a presentation to the Legislature’s Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee.
Ekern presented an overview of the department and described the budget proposal recommended by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne. The FY06 proposal of $477.8 million is about 12 percent more than the previous budget of $426 million – the result of the latest congressional action on transportation funding.
To illustrate the benefits ITD provides for Idaho, Ekern divided the outputs into two categories:
Proposed budget allocation by division:
After the formal presentation, JFAC members asked transportation-related questions that ranged from federal revenue projections, the equipment buy-back program, Safe Routes to Schools, highway safety and GARVEE bonding.
JFAC has scheduled ITD’s budget setting session for Monday morning (Feb. 28). The committee will meet from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. If discussion and decisions take longer than expected, the process could be extended to Tuesday morning.