Uintah Basin Revitalization Fund

Overview

The Uintah Basin Revitalization Fund was created to maximize the long-term benefit of oil and gas severance taxes derived from lands held in trust by the federal government for the Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. It was construed to promote cooperation and coordination between the state, its political subdivisions and the tribe.

Statutory Authority

The Uintah Basin Revitalization Fund (UBRF) is a program of the State of Utah authorized in Section 35A-8-1601, et seq. The goal of the UBRF is to provide grants and loans (primarily grants) to agencies of county and tribal government in the Uintah Basin, which are impacted by the development of oil and gas interests held in trust for the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation and its members.

Eligible Applicants

The UBRF Board may authorize grants and loans (historically all grants) to agencies of Duchesne County, Uintah County or the Ute Indian Tribe that are or may be socially or economically impacted, directly or indirectly, by development of oil and gas interests held in trust for the Ute Indian Tribe.

Formal applications for UBRF grants are submitted by the respective county commissions or the tribal Business Committee to Housing and Community Development Division’s Community Development Office. Community Development Office prepares the meeting agendas and arranges all meetings. The Board approves all applications and all decisions of the Board require four affirmative votes.

Priority Projects

• Capital projects, including subsidized and low-income housing and other one-time need projects and programs.

• Projects and programs associated with the geographic area where the oil and gas are produced.

Prohibited Activities

• Start-up or operational costs of private business ventures.

• General operating budgets of Duchesne County, Uintah County or the Ute Indian Tribe.

Funding Process

The UBRF reviews applications and authorizes funding assistance on a periodic basis. Meetings are generally held quarterly. The majority of funded activities are for public facilities followed by housing and transportation.

Funding Guidelines

Each year, generally at the October meeting, the UBRF allocates its annual revenue between the three eligible entities based on a statutory formula that allocates an equal amount to Duchesne and Uintah County and a higher amount to the Tribe. In 2016 the fund was statutorily capped at $6,620,210.

Approved Projects FY14–16

Project Category

#

2015 UBRF $

#

2016 UBRF $

#

2017 UBRF $

Housing

2

360,000

3

3,755,664

1

332,336

Public Facility

1

97,577

7

5,173,850

13

5,706,855

Public Safety

2

925,000

3

840,000

2

410,000

Recreation/Culture

6

2,600,501

8

2,045,050

7

640,219

Transportation

1

80,000

1

1,803,050

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Utility

1

281,000

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Totals

13

4,344,078

22

13,617,614*

23

7,089,410*

* Annual allocation exceeds annual revenue due to un-allocated and re-allocated funds

Funding Update

Even though revenues were 25 percent lower than previous years, 2017 finished with 23 projects. The board and staff strive to work in conjunction with the Ute Business Committee and the counties to allocate and spend all available funding. The UBRF Board will continue to fund the requests from the eligible entities with the available funding.

Funding Membership

The UBRF is controlled by a five-member board comprised of a governor’s designee, a Duchesne County Commissioner, a Uintah County Commissioner and two representatives of the Ute Indian Tribe’s Business Committee.

The Housing and Community Development Division’s Community Development Office, within the Utah Department of Workforce Services, provides administrative and operational support to the UBRF. The Community Development Office administers the application, contracting, financial processes and all day-to-day operations of the fund.

UBRF Board Members

(As of 8/1/17)

Member

  • Keith Heaton, Chairman - Governor’s Representative
  • Ron Wopsock - Ute Tribe Business Committee
  • Edred Secakuku - Ute Tribe Business Committee
  • Commissioner Brad Horrocks - Uintah County
  • Commissioner Ron Winterton - Duchesne County

For more information, contact Jess Peterson at 801-468-0145.