Transportation board will travel to Districts 3 and 4 for August meeting

The transportation board will conduct a tour of Districts 3 and 4 during its Aug. 20-21 meeting. The tour bus will depart Headquarters Wednesday morning, Aug. 20 and travel to Stanley on Idaho 55, the Banks-Lowman Highway, and Idaho 21.

Several stops will be made along the way. Western Federal Lands personnel will provide an overview on the rock-scaling project along the Banks-Lowman Highway. An avalanche presentation is planned during a visit to the Lowman maintenance shed. The last stop on the tour will be at the Stanley Airport, where a briefing will be provided on that facility.

The business meeting will be held Aug. 21 at the Stanley Community Center.

Performance Measurement Report
Every year all state agencies are required to submit an annual Performance Measurement Report to the Division of Financial Management and the Legislative Services Office by Sept. 1.

The document is to include an overview of the agency, core functions, revenues and expenditures, the number of cases managed and key services provided, key performance highlights and awards, and performance measures and benchmarks.

Following are some of the statistics included in the FY14 report. The 5-1-1 statewide traveler assistance system reported 160,990 phone calls received, 2,527,543 visits to the web site and 15,848 smartphone app sessions. In calendar year 2013, there were 1,111,485 driver’s licenses in force and 1,628,842 vehicles registered. This compares with 1,092,977 driver’s licenses and 1,801,608 registrations in 2012. Public transportation services are available in 43 of Idaho’s 44 counties.

The report is being submitted to the board for its information.

FY16 Budget
The FY16 budget request will be presented to the board for approval.

The revenue forecast has been updated since the board held a workshop on the draft budget in June. The state revenue has been increased by $4.75 million, or 1.9 percent. 

The FY16 budget request totals $495,102,800 with 1,724 full-time positions. As drafted, it will allow the department to meet programmatic objectives for funding the personnel complement, addressing inflationary cost increases for operating expenditures, replacing essential equipment, funding initiatives to maintain and improve service for customers, and maintaining the state-only funded construction program at the programmed amount of $41.9 million.

Published 8-15-14