Governor’s Budget unveils sources of funding for Clean Water projects

Gov. Scott’s “packaged approach” plan to fund Clean Water projects will require tapping more than $114 million from the state’s general fund over the next five years.

The governor has proposed using revenues from the Vermont estate tax— $8 million next year and as much as $13 million in years to come as well as funds from the property transfer tax.

Vermont must come up with $2.3 billion over the next 20 years to comply with federal pollution reduction orders.

Since the 2015 passage of Act 64, Vermont’s Clean Water Act, the state has used short-term sources — such as appropriations from the capital bill — for the majority of its share of the funding.

Scott’s budget proposal next year calls for a total of $48 million for clean water efforts, such as better management of the state’s 7,000 miles of dirt roads and on-farm water quality projects. That total includes more than $19 million in federal funds.