Ohio’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs are the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) and the Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA). Each has a program year — the WPCLF cycle is January 1 – December 31, while the WSRLA cycle is the state fiscal year, July 1 – June 30. Each program receives an annual capitalization grant from U.S. EPA. One of the conditions of the grant funding is that Ohio EPA produce a Program Management Plan (PMP) for each program.
PMPs have several audiences — the communities currently requesting funds, potential applicants in future years, the general public and U.S. EPA. The general content of the PMP follows U.S. EPA guidelines, including a project priority list (PPL), intended projects list (IPL) and descriptions of the source and uses of funds, interest rates, special discounts and program administration for the upcoming program year.
Ohio’s PMPs are detailed, in part because our programs are healthy with sufficient funds to finance hundreds of projects. Ohio’s programs also have multiple interest rates and interest rate discounts, as well as principal forgiveness funds, which require separate accounting. The PMPs explain all these program features in detail.
Planning for each program year begins mid-way through the prior year, when we initiate discussion about new program features or other changes. We release a call for nominations announcing the nomination period and deadline, score the nominated projects and place them on the PPL. In recent years, adequate funding has been available for all projects that meet program requirements so the IPL has been the same as the PPL. Once the new PPL and IPL are completed and any revisions to the PMP text have been finished, the draft document is made available for a 30-day public comment period, followed by a public hearing. We consider comments received during the public comment period, make changes and then request the director’s approval. The approved PMP governs that specific program until the next year’s PMP is approved.
We encourage our client communities to review and comment on the PMPs and suggest ways to improve them. If you have questions about DEFA’s PMPs, contact Dan Halterman at email@example.com or (614) 644-3658.