January 13, 2003

Governor Gray Davis Releases Proposed 2003-2004 State Budget

Governor Gray Davis released his proposed 2003-04 state budget today, including $92,217,000 in expenditures for the Department of Boating and Waterways.

"Governor Davis' proposed budget will fully fund needed public access boating facility projects, as well as support for boating law enforcement and programs to enhance safety for the state's boaters," said Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi.

Boating and Waterways' proposed budget includes $20,919,000 for loans to public agencies to construct and improve marinas; $3,500,000 to be made available for loans to private sector marina owners to construct and improve marinas; $19,581,000 for grants to public agencies to construct and improve boat launching facilities; $13,655,000 for capital outlay projects to construct and improve boating facilities on state lands; $9,075,000 in aid to local agencies for boating law enforcement; $997,000 for beach erosion control; $2,543,000 in federal funds, for a variety of boating safety, education and access programs; $500,000 for abandoned watercraft abatement grants; and $1,313,000 for vessel sewage pumpout grants.

Highlight: The budget includes $3,770,000 for two Boating Instruction Safety Centers (BISC): $3,601,000 for the construction of a BISC at Humboldt Bay, and $169,000 for working drawings for the second phase of construction of the BISC at Nimbus Flat, Lake Natoma, in Sacramento. These new facilities will allow for both on-the-water and in-the-classroom boating safety education.

The Department's current budget (for the 2002-03 fiscal year) totals $85,642,000.

Funding for DBW is derived primarily from boating gasoline taxes, vessel registration fees, and loan repayments.