OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-7367

AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.

AMENDMENT

LCO No.: 8995

File Copy No.: 295

House Calendar No.: 269

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 08 $

FY 09 $

Department of Transportation

TF - See Below

See Below

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Note: TF=Transportation Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 08 $

FY 09 $

Various Municipalities

Uncertain

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Explanation

The amendment repeals Section 38 of the bill and eliminates the fiscal impact stated in file copy #269. Section 38 of the bill allowed the Department of Transportation to sell, lease or convey land obtained in connection with the Route 6 Expressway.

Section 44 of the amendment 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 50 of the amendment: (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 amendment 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 the provisions of this amendment.

Section 54 of the amendment prohibits the DOT from moving or realigning the section of Route 113 between Access Road and Dorne Drive in Stratford, which is known as Main Street, unless such move or realignment has received the affirmative vote of the Stratford town council and approval by the mayor. This may postpone any construction projects already started which could result in a fiscal impact as a result of the delay for approval.

The amendment increases the number of bridge and roadway renaming sections in the bill results in a cost to the bill of $7, 700 in FY 08.

The amendment strikes language in the bill pertaining for the purchase and installation of electric signals and gates at a certain railroad crossing results in a cost savings to the bill of $350.000.

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.