Legislative Analyst's Office
Analysis of the 2001-02 Budget Bill
The Department of Veterans Affairs operates the Veterans' Home of California in Yountville. The Yountville facility provides five levels of care, ranging from residential to acute health care. The budget includes requests totaling $5.5 million from the General Fund for capital improvements at existing state institutions. This represents a decrease of $4.5 million from the current year. The estimated future cost to complete these projects is $1.3 million.
The budget includes the following proposals:
We recommend the Legislature delete $198,000 for preliminary plans and working drawings to renovate an existing water storage tank and install a new water line because the department has not justified the cost of the project. (Delete Item 8960-301-0001 ).
The budget includes a request for $198,000 for preliminary plans and working drawings to renovate an existing water storage tank and install 4,500 feet of 12 inch water line at the Yountville home. The estimated future cost for the project is estimated to be $1.3 million for construction.
We have several concerns with this project:
A revised submittal with these adjustments may warrant legislative consideration. The project as submitted, however, is not justified and we recommend the Legislature delete the
$198,000 requested under Item
We recommend the department report to the Legislature prior to budget hearings regarding of the status of the Yountville cemetery renovation project and the comprehensive plan for improving the cemetery.
The department requested funding last year to modernize and upgrade the existing veterans memorial cemetery at the Yountville home. The Legislature appropriated $62,000 in the 2000-01 Budget Act to prepare preliminary plans to renovate the cemetery. Improvements were to include construction of a visitor's kiosk and restrooms, straightening of headstones, installation of an irrigation system, and road repairs. The Legislature expressed concern over the condition of the cemetery and adopted supplemental report language directing the department to provide the Legislature a comprehensive plan to provide a first-class memorial cemetery for veterans. The plan is to be submitted at the time additional project funding is requested.
Status of Cemetery Project and Comprehensive Plan. Preliminary plans for the project were scheduled to be complete by December 2000. However, no information is available regarding the status of the project or work accomplished to date. In addition, the department has not provided any information on the comprehensive plan. Therefore, we recommend the department report to the Legislature prior to budget hearings on the status of the project and the comprehensive plan.