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Note: Currently, there are no grant funds available for this program.
In November 1998, Missouri voters approved $200 million in state Stormwater bonds. The bonds are used for Stormwater planning and construction projects in first class counties and the city of St. Louis. The bond funds are used by participants for loans that cover up to 100 percent of the project cost or as a 50 percent match grant. To date, $45 million of the $200 million in authorized bonds have been sold. The last bond sale was in 2002. The department has awarded all the bond proceeds sold thus far.
The Stormwater funds are allocated through a formula in the state constitution. The formula allocates the available funds to first class counties based on the applicant’s population. There are currently 17 first class counties which include Boone, Buchanan, Callaway, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Cass, Clay, Cole, Franklin, Greene, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Platte, St. Louis, St. Charles and Taney.
Constitutional Amendment 4 contained proposed revisions to the constitutional language in Article III, Section 37(h). This resolution to amend the Constitution was on the Nov. 4, 2008 ballot and passed.
The changes to the constitutional language addressed three main issues. The previous constitutional language dictated the bonds must be offered in a combination grant and loan. The amendment eliminates the requirement that funds must be offered as 50 percent grant and 50 percent loan. As a result, for future bond sales the department will be able to disperse more funds as grants and in a timely manner. The amendment also allows the state to re-offer unused funds to eligible applicants that have remaining needs, eliminating a mandated reserve for an unresponsive county and allowing the bond funds to be fully utilized.