State Conservation Commission
|Annual FTEs||General Fund State||Other Funds||Total Funds|
|(Dollars in Thousands)|
|2019-21 Maintenance Level||18.6||14,418||11,181||25,599|
|Difference from 2017-19||(0.3)||15||7||22|
|% Change from 2017-19||(1.6%)||0.10%||0.06%||0.09%|
2019-21 Policy Other Changes
|Voluntary Stewardship Program||0.0||0||801||801|
|Conservation Technical Assistance||0.0||4,000||0||4,000|
|Conservation Science Program||1.0||538||0||538|
|2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total||1.0||4,538||801||5,339|
2019-21 Policy Comp Changes
|State Public Employee Benefits Rate||0.0||4||0||4|
|Non-Rep General Wage Increase||0.0||182||15||197|
|Non-Rep Targeted Pay Increases||0.0||28||14||42|
|PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase||0.0||4||0||4|
|2019-21 Policy Comp Changes Total||0.0||218||29||247|
2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes
|Electric Vehicle Infrastructure||0.0||5||0||5|
|CTS Central Services||0.0||(10)||0||(10)|
|DES Central Services||0.0||31||0||31|
|OFM Central Services||0.0||16||0||16|
|2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes Total||0.0||47||0||47|
|Total Policy Changes||1.0||4,803||830||5,633|
|2019-21 Policy Level||19.6||19,221||12,011||31,232|
|Difference from 2017-19||0.70||4,818||837||5,655|
|% Change from 2017-19||3.7%||33.5%||7.5%||22.1%|
Voluntary Stewardship Program
In 2011, the Legislature established the Voluntary Stewardship Program (VSP) at the State Conservation Commission. All 27 counties that opted into the program have completed local plans and are now beginning to implement them. To support the monitoring and adaptive management elements of VSP, ongoing funding is provided to expand a pilot project by the Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct high resolution aerial imagery change detention analysis of the landscape within the counties in the program. By knowing the size, nature and location of land use changes, counties will be able to assess whether voluntary measures are protecting critical areas identified in the local plans.
Conservation Technical Assistance
The commission provides grants and technical assistance to conservation districts for non-regulatory, incentive-based approaches to reduce impacts to the state's air and waters. Ongoing funding is provided to increase conservation district capacity and increase landowner participation in voluntary actions that protect habitat to benefit salmon and Southern Resident orcas.
Conservation Science Program
Ongoing funding is provided to support a science coordinator position that will engage conservation districts in the results of scientific research to ensure results lead to on-the-ground improvements. One-time funding is provided for the commission to complete a study on water quality trading to help determine whether there is an opportunity to develop water quality trading markets.
State Public Employee Benefits Rate
Health insurance funding is provided for state employees who are not represented by a union, who are covered by a bargaining agreement that is not subject to financial feasibility determination, or who are not part of the coalition of unions for health benefits. The insurance funding rate is $977 per employee per month for fiscal year 2020 and $978 per employee per month for fiscal year 2021.
Non-Rep General Wage Increase
Funding is provided for wage increases for state employees who are not represented by a union or who are covered by a bargaining agreement that is not subject to financial feasibility determination. It is sufficient for a general wage increase of 3 percent, effective July 1, 2019, and a general wage increase of 3 percent, effective July 1, 2020. This item includes both general government and higher education workers.
Non-Rep Targeted Pay Increases
Funding is provided for classified state employees who are not represented by a union for pay increases in specific job classes in alignment with other employees.
PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase
For eligible Public Employees' and Teachers' Retirement Systems Plan 1 members, this item provides a one-time, ongoing increase of 3 percent, up to a maximum of $62.50 per month.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure
Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's estimated portion of increased fee for service charges from the Department of Enterprise Services to expand electric vehicle infrastructure for the state Motor Pool fleet.
Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's anticipated share of legal service charges.
CTS Central Services
Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's allocated share of charges from the Consolidated Technology Services Agency (WaTech) for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Cyber Security, state network, security gateways, and geospatial imaging services.
DES Central Services
Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's allocated share of charges from the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) for campus rent, utilities, parking, and contracts; a capital project surcharge; financing cost recovery; public and historic facilities; real estate services; risk management services; personnel service rates; the Perry Street child care center; and the department's enterprise applications.
OFM Central Services
Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's allocated share of charges from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) for the One Washington project and OFM enterprise systems.