OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-7367

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 8757), House "B" (LCO 9320)

House Calendar No. : 269

Senate Calendar No. : 687

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 08 $

FY 09 $

Department of Transportation

TF - Cost

128,300

None

Department of Transportation

GF - Revenue Impact

See Below

See Below

Note: TF=Transportation Fund; GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

Various Municipalities

See Below

Explanation

Sections 1 through 9, 45 and 55 of the bill are not anticipated to result in any fiscal impact to the Department of Transportation.

Sections 10 through 43, 35 through 37, and 52 and 53 of the bill results in a cost to the Department of Transportation of $27,300 in FY 08 as a result of renaming various bridges and roadways. A pair of signs, on the average, cost $700, one for each side of the road.

Section 44 of the bill authorizes DOT to provide financing for the purchase of vanpool vehicles. The impact of this provision cannot be determined because the language does not provide any source of funding for this purpose

Section 46 of the bill is estimated to cost the Department of Transportation $150,000 for the purchase and installation of electric signals and gates at a certain railroad crossing.

Section 50 of the bill: (1) gives the state the right of first refusal for airports that are threatened with sale or closure and (2) permits DOT to purchase the development rights for such airports. The language is permissive and has no direct fiscal impact because it does not obligate the state to purchase either the property or the development rights

It requires the state to fund improvements to private airports according to budgetary priorities determined by DOT. This will result in a cost to the Special Transportation Fund but the magnitude cannot be determined because the language does not specify a level of funding that would be provided.

The section also establishes a new airport zoning category and transfers control of airport development to the state. Establishing a new airport zoning category for towns will not result in a state fiscal impact. This could have an impact on a town's property tax base if it prevents the land zoned as “airport” from being developed for other purposes such as “residential” or “commercial”.

Section 51 of the bill results in a cost to the Department of Transportation of $1,000 in FY 08 in order to modify maps and data file changes associated with provisions of this bill.

Section 501, added by House “B”, results in a fiscal impact to the Department of Transportation, anticipated to be minimal, on account of the bill postponing the realignment of Rt 113 until April 15, 2008.

Municipal

Municipalities that receive land by conveyance will experience: (1) a gain in asset value; (2) a minimal revenue loss for PILOT payments to the degree that the parcels are eligible for PILOT; and (3) a potential revenue gain for those properties that are used for economic development purposes and become fully taxable.

Sections 54 and 56 of the bill repeal the three property conveyances authorized in prior years that are listed in the table below. The fiscal impact of these two sections is to preclude a loss in asset value of $32,500 to the Transportation Fund.

Property Conveyances repealed in Sections 41 and 42

Sec.

From

To/Location

Acres

Estimated

Value

Use Restriction

PA 05-279

Sec. 4

DOT

Town of Sprague

1. 65 acres

$7,500

Recreation

PA 05-279

Sec. 31

DOT

M. Ramos,

Milford

N/A

Fair market

value

None

PA 99-17

Sec. 6

DOT

Meriden

. 56 acres

$25,000

Open space

   

Transportation Fund

$32,500

 

House “A” struck the original bill and removed the fiscal impact stated in file copy 295 and results in the fiscal impact identified above.

House “B” added section 501 and results in a minimal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

The preceding Fiscal Impact statement is prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for the purposes of information, summarization and explanation and does not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose.