The Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budget this morning released the lists of state agency programs (http://www.ospb.state.az.us/BudgetReports.asp) that would have to be permanently eliminated or reduced to meet the state’s budget shortfall. The lists would have to go to the Legislature for consideration. The cuts, if implemented, are calculated for taking effect January 1, 2010.
The Arizona Geological Survey would lose state funding to operate 11 out of a total of 24 programs. Another seven program areas would be reduced by amounts ranging from about 5% up to 50%. The programs were prioritized by an external review panel of AZGS stakeholders (data and service users) that used public input to help guide their recommendations.
Core programs we will attempt to preserve are: Geologic Hazards Geologic Mapping Mineral Resources Basin Analysis (entirely contract and grant funded).
Most of the eliminated programs have only limited state general fund support to begin with; typically a part of one or two people’s time. AZGS has raised external funds for years to subsidize state-mandated operations. We will continue to seek outside monies to underwrite these functions, but the budget scenario proposes transferring funds from external accounts as well to make up the state budget shortfall, leaving fewer options for us to fund these programs.
Phoenix Branch Office Energy Resources Core and Sample Repository Inquiries Education, Outreach, and Tech Transfer Enterprise Geodatabase Library Earth Fissures Publications Information Technology Support Website Updates
Areas taking additional cuts due to transfer of agency-generated funds are:
Finance/Administration Energy Resources Map and Book Store (closed for walk-in sales; mail/phone orders only) Inquiries, Outreach, and Tech Transfer GIS Map Production and Database Development Information Technology Support Technical Support for the AZ Oil & Gas Conservation Commission.
We are implementing additional cost-cutting moves now, including reducing the number of vehicles and office phones, renegotiating service contracts, and transferring staff to new contracts and grant funded projects.