OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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Hartford, CT 06106 (860) 240-0200

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sHB-5852

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONTROL OF LYME DISEASE.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Department of Environmental Protection

GF - Cost

70,335

207,602

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

14,667

63,360

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 09 $

FY 10 $

Various Municipalities

Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Explanation

The bill would result in a cost to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) of $70,335 in FY 09 and $207,602 in FY 10. It would also result in a cost to the Comptroller's Office in the amount of $14,667 in FY 09 and $63,360 in FY 10 for fringe benefits.

The costs to DEP are detailed in the table below:

Item:

$ FY 09

$ FY 10

Wildlife Biologist II

57,835

59,570

Wildlife Biologist I

0

50,232

Other Expenses

10,000

95,800

Equipment

2,500

2,000

Total

70,335

207,602

In FY 09, the Wildlife Biologist II would coordinate with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) to identify statewide demographics of Lyme disease. The biologist would also review existing municipal efforts regarding tick control and deer management strategies, and develop educational and technical assistance concepts and related materials. Additionally, the biologist would write a plan concerning the maintenance of deer populations at manageable levels, increase public awareness of the causes and prevention of Lyme disease, and assist municipalities in high Lyme disease incidence areas.

Also in FY 09, the Other Expenses cost of $10,000 is for a vehicle rental, fuel and maintenance; and Equipment costs of $2,500 reflects a computer and office supplies.

In FY 10, the Wildlife Biologist II would continue the tasks outlined above, in addition to a Wildlife Biologist I, who would meet with municipal officials and private landowners to provide technical assistance for deer management. This additional position would also assist in providing public awareness and public education on Lyme disease and deer management and monitor the effects of management efforts.

Other Expense and Equipment items in FY 10 are similar to those described for FY 09, but additionally include $40,800 for aerial surveys performed by contractors for deer population mapping.

Various municipalities could experience minimal costs associated with the refrigeration and processing of harvested deer.

The Out Years

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

1 The fringe benefit costs for state employees are budgeted centrally in the Miscellaneous Accounts administered by the Comptroller. The first year fringe benefit costs for new positions do not include pension costs. The estimated first year fringe benefit rate as a percentage of payroll is 25. 36%. The state's pension contribution is based upon the prior year's certification by the actuary for the State Employees Retirement System (SERS). The SERS fringe benefit rate is 33. 27%, which when combined with the rate for non-pension fringe benefits totals 58. 63%.