Senate yet to include RTC deadline extension [UPDATED]Published 9:42am Wednesday, May 8, 2013 Updated 11:46am Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The inclusion of a two-year extension for the Regional Treatment Center demolition funding deadline in the bonding bill is still uncertain. It made it into the legislative house bonding bill in April.
“We’re still waiting, I guess, for the Senate,” said Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls).
The current deadline to request reimbursement for up to $5 million in demolition funds is December 2014. If the extension is included in the final bonding bill, it would extend the deadline to December 2016. Grant funds would not be increased in the proposed legislative action.
Rumors circulated that there may not be a bonding bill at all before the May 20 final adjournment day, according to Nornes. But he talked with Rep. Alice Hausman (DFL), the chairwoman of the House bonding committee, Tuesday who “is firm in the fact that there will be a bonding bill,” Nornes said. She also assured him that the RTC deadline extension would stay in the final bonding bill.
“It’s a little unnerving since we’re getting closer to the end,” Nornes said.
Anything that’s not finished by May 20 would carry over to next year, but the RTC money is “very time sensitive,” Nornes said.
“It’s still positive news as far as I can tell,” he said. “I can’t guarantee, however, that the final passage will occur.
“The immediate hurdle has to be the Senate coming on board. The second hurdle is having enough votes.”
The bonding bill would require a bi-partisan vote, he said.
Nornes and city representatives spoke to the capital investment committee in the legislative house in early April regarding the extension. All signs from that meeting were positive in hopes of getting the extension included in the bonding bill, according to city officials.