2022 Budget Summary

 

On April 30th 2021, the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate agreed to the budget for the State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2021-2022. The budget is the culmination of many rounds of budget negotiations throughout the legislative session. The Florida Legislature is constitutionally required to pass a state budget, officially titled as the General Appropriations Act, during the annual regular session. 

 

The House and Senate’s budget for State Fiscal Year 2021-2022 totals approximately $101.5 billion, and represents a 8.9% increase from the previous SFY 2021 General Appropriations Act. The chart below summarizes a comparison of this year’s SFY 2022 budget and the budget approved from SFY 2021.  

 

 

Health and Human Services received the largest portion of funding for the budget in SFY 2021-2022, totaling approximately $44.6 billion. This represents a 13.2% increase in appropriations from the current year. All educational programs and services combined received the second largest amount of funding, totaling approximately $30.1 billion. This represents an increase of approximately 11.3% from the current fiscal year. 

 

Finally, Natural Resources, Environmental Issues, Growth Management and Transportation Expenditures represent the third largest portion of the budget in SFY 2021-2022 with funding equaling $14.7 billion. This represents a slight decrease of approximately -0.80% from the current fiscal year. 

 

 

General revenue expenditures for the SFY 2021-2022 budget equals approximately $36.3 billion, while trust fund expenditures total approximately $65.2 billion. The chart below compares expenditures between the SFY 2021-2022 budget and the previous year’s budget for SFY 2020-2021 by fund type. 

 

Please note that the amounts above reflect the appropriations that are not contingent upon the receipt of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Where ARPA funds are contingently appropriated in section 152 in the back of the General Appropriations Act  for the issues discussed below in the County Funding Highlights section, the total funding amount is provided and the portion funded from ARPA is separately identified.  There is also a discussion of the total amount of ARPA funds appropriated later in this document. 

 

COUNTY FUNDING HIGHLIGHTS

 

Health & Human Services

 

Shared County/State Juvenile Detention:  The SFY 2021-2022 budget estimates the counties’ portion of total Shared County/State Juvenile Detention to be $61,768,347. This represents an estimated increase of about $4.1 million from the current year budget and 48% of the total Juvenile Detention funding ($128,701.005). 

 

Community Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services:  Funded at approximately $1.051 billion in the budget, which represents a $200.7 million increase from the previous fiscal year. 

 

Community Action Treatment (CAT) Teams:  The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $30.8 million, directed to DCF to contract with providers throughout the state for operation of CAT teams, which provide community-based services for children (aged 11 to 21) with mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses, this is the same budget as the previous fiscal year. 

 

Public Safety, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Local Matching Grant Program:  The SFY 2021- 2022 budget allocates $9 million for the program, which supports county programs that serve adults or youth who are in behavioral crisis and at risk of entering the criminal justice system. This represents the same budget year funding as the previous fiscal year. 

 

Crime Labs:  The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates approximately $60.9 million in grants and aids to local governments for criminal investigations, which represents a 1.3% decrease over the previous fiscal year. 

 

Homeless Programs Challenge Grants: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates approximately $3.2 million respectively, to DCF for challenge grants, which are awarded to lead agencies of homeless assistance continuums of care. 

  

Agriculture & Environment

 

Water Quality Highlights: 

 

Septic-to-Sewer/Stormwater Improvements: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $626 million (of which $500 million is contingent ARPA funds) from the Water Protection and Sustainability Program Trust Fund are provided for the wastewater grant program as established in section 403.0673, Florida Statutes, and are contingent upon SB 1954, SB 2512, and SB 2514, or similar legislation, becoming law. $10 million is provided for the Septic Upgrade Incentive Program to incentivize homeowners in Priority Focus Areas to upgrade their septic system to include nitrogen reducing enhancements. 

 

Wastewater Treatment Facility Construction: $211 million 

 

  • Water Quality Enhancement and Accountability: The budget allocate $10.8 million for increased water quality monitoring, creation of a water quality public information portal, and for the establishment of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force. Funds may be used for administration and planning costs. The task force will support key funding and restoration initiatives to expedite nutrient reduction in Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. The task force will identify priority projects for funding that are based on scientific data and build upon Basin Management Action Plans (BMAPs) to provide the largest and most meaningful nutrient reductions in key waterbodies, as well as make recommendations for regulatory changes. $4 million of those funds are provided to the DEP will continue to expand statewide water quality analytics for the nutrient over-enrichment analytics assessment and water quality information portal to include a comprehensive statewide flood vulnerability and sea level rise data set. 
  • Total Maximum Daily Loads: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $45 million ($20 million of which is contingent ARPA funds) for Total Maximum Daily Loads and the department may include innovative water treatment projects that demonstrate the ability to most rapidly achieve department verified phosphorous and/or nitrogen load reductions consistent with the nutrient load reduction goals and total maximum daily loads established by the department. The department may also provide cost-share funding for innovative nutrient removal projects.  
  • Harmful Algal Blooms: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $10.6 million for the purpose of supporting the evaluation and implementation of innovative technologies and short-term solutions to combat or clean up harmful algal blooms and nutrient enrichment of Florida’s fresh waterbodies, including lakes, rivers, estuaries and canals. Funds may be used for the Department’s red tide emergency grant program to support local governments in cleaning beaches and coastal areas to minimize the impacts of red tide to residents and visitors. Funds may also be used to implement water quality treatment technologies, identified by the Department, near water control structures in Lake Okeechobee.  
  • Springs Restoration: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $75 million ($25 million of which is contingent ARPA funds) for land acquisition to protect springs and for capital projects that protect the quality and quantity of water that flow from springs. 
  • Alternative Water Supply: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $40 million, all of which is contingent ARPA funds, to the water supply and water resource development grant program to help communities plan for and implement conservation, reuse and other water supply and water resource development projects. 

 

Everglades Restoration: $420 million ($59 million of which is contingent ARPA funds) 

 

Florida Forever: $400 million ($300 million of which is contingent ARPA funds) 

 

Florida Recreation Development Assistance Grants: $2 million.   

 

Beach Management Funding Assistance Program:  The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $75 million, ($25 million of which is contingent ARPA funds) to the Department of Environmental Protection in Fixed Capital Outlay for distribution to beach and inlet management projects.  

 

Resilient Coastline Initiative:  The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $10.0 million to assist local governments with sea level rise planning and coastal resilience projects, including storm resiliency as well as coral reef restoration and monitoring. The Senate does not include this in their budget proposal. 

 

Resilient Florida Trust Fund and program: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $500 million, all of which are contingent ARPA funds, from the from the Resilient Florida Trust Fund are contingent upon SB 1954, SB 2512, and SB 2514, or similar legislation, becoming law. The bills create the Resilient Florida Grant Program within DEP to provide $111 million in grant funding to local governments to fund resiliency planning. Funding will support vulnerability assessments and mitigation plans to prepare for the threats of flooding and sea level rises. First-year funding will establish the program and provide for $20 million in grant funding.  

 

Mosquito control programs: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $2.7 million 

 

Piney Point Environmental Cleanup: $100 million, all of which is contingent ARPA funds, to the DEP for emergency response efforts and to expedite closure of the Piney Point facility, now operated as the Eastport Terminal facility, located in Manatee County, Florida. These funds may be used to address environmental impacts either directly or indirectly related to the emergency response and site closure. 

 

Transportation & Economic Development

 

Affordable Housing:  

 

  • State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $146.7 million for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP).   
  • State Apartment Incentive Loan Program (SAIL): The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $62.5 million for the State Apartment Incentive Loan Program (SAIL).   
  • The total amount of housing trust fund sweeps $362.5 million.  
  • Job Growth Grant Fund: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $50 million, all of which is contingent ARPA funds 

 

Visit Florida: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $54 million ($25 million of which is contingent ARPA funds) 

 

Small County Outreach Program (SCOP): The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $88.8 million 

 

Small County Road Assistance Program (SCRAP): The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $38.2 million 

 

Rural Economic Development 

 

  • Rural Infrastructure Fund: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $5 million to support local rural infrastructure projects such as broadband, roads, storm and wastewater systems, and telecommunications facilities. The eligible uses of these funds include roads or other remedies to transportation impediments; storm water systems; water or wastewater facilities; and telecommunications facilities and broadband facilities. 
  • Rural Community Development Revolving Loan Program: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $1.2 million to provide local governments with access to financial assistance to further promote the economic viability of Florida's rural communities. 
  • Small County Wastewater Grants: $36 million ($25 million of which is contingent ARPA funds) 

 

General Government

 

Library Grants and Library Cooperatives:  The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $23.5 million 

 

Fiscally Constrained County Funding: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $32.2 million, to offset the impacts of previously approved constitutional amendments. 

 

Emergency Distributions: The SFY 2021-2022 budget allocates $25.1 million in emergency distributions revenue sharing for small counties. 

 

Allocation of American Rescue Act Funds

 

As discussed in the General Overview section, the SFY 2021-22 includes an allocation of $6.696 billion in American Rescue Act funds in section 98 in the back of the budget, contingent upon the receipt of the federal funds. These funds are allocated as follows and are in addition to any amounts otherwise appropriated for these purposes in the House GAA:  

 

Florida Forever Land Acquisition

Piney Point

African American Cultural and Historic Grant Program

State Emergency Operations Center

PECO Supplement – Higher Education Construction

New Worlds Reading Initiative

Beach Management Funding Assistance Program     

Coastal Mapping Services 

Derelict Vessel Removal Program

Small County Wastewater Grant Program

Reemployment Assistance Program 

Workforce Information System

Resilient Florida TF

Water Protection and Sustainability Program TF

Inland Protection TF

State Transportation TF

Emergency Preparedness and Response fund

Budget Stabilization Fund

Deferred Building Maintenance Program

PECO Supplement K12 Special Facilities Construction Projects

Total Maximum Daily Loads

Alternative Water Supply 

Everglades Restoration

C-51 Reservoir

Springs Restoration

Payments to Pandemic First Responders

Job Growth Grant Funding

Visit Florida Increase

Military Affairs FCO New Armories Immokalee and Zephyrhills

FWC Enhanced Aviation Support

$300 million 

$100 million 

$30 million 

$100 million 

$190.9 million 

$125 million 

$50 million 

$100 million 

$25 million 

$25 million 

$56.4 million 

$100 million 

$500 million 

$500 million 

$50 million 

$2.0 billion 

$1.0 billion 

$350 million 

$350 million 

$210.3 million 

$20 million 

$40 million 

$59 million 

$48 million 

$25 million 

$208.4 million 

$50 million 

$25 million 

$50 million 

$8.4 million

 

Conforming Bills

 

Florida Retirement System Contribution Rates (SB 7018): Modifies employer contribution rates. 

Employer normal contribution rates for each membership class of Florida Retirment System (Defined Benefit and Defined Investment) are amendment as follows: 

 

To address the unfunded actuarial liabilities (UAL) of the Florida Retirement System, the bill amends the current contribution rates for each membership class as follows: