OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6496

AN ACT CONCERNING GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS IN SCHOOLS.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Dept. of Administrative Services

GF - Cost

40,500

54,000

State Technical High Schools

GF - See Below

See Below

See Below

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

10,299

13,732

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 10 $

FY 11 $

Local and Regional School Districts

STATE MANDATE - See Below

See Below

See Below

Explanation

The bill requires local and regional boards of education to implement a “green cleaning program” on or after October 1, 2011. It is anticipated that using cleaning products that meet the standards outlined in the bill, will not result in an additional cost to local and regional boards of education. In some instances, green cleaning products have been found to be less expensive than non-green products.

The bill also requires the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), by April 1, 2010, to develop guidelines for the green cleaning programs and provide a list of vendors who sell, and train people in how to use, environmentally preferable products. The bill also establishes qualifications for the certified independent third parties that determine which cleaning products are environmentally preferable for use in schools.

DAS currently has guidelines for use by state agencies and their contractors for environmentally preferred cleaning products. However, DAS has no expertise or experience in determining “best cleaning management practices” in schools. The state standards for cleaning products differ from those outlined in the bill, and this bill would require DAS to create separate guidelines for use only by local and regional boards of education.

It is anticipated that DAS would need one additional position, with an annualized salary of approximately $54,000 (9 months funding in FY 10), to handle the new responsibilities in the bill. This new position will be responsible for researching, training and setting of criteria involved in developing and maintaining guidelines for the green cleaning programs, and researching and evaluating vendors who sell green cleaning products. The new position would also develop and post guidelines and prepare and maintain lists of the numerous third party entities' that set standards for environmentally preferable products.

The bill requires that on and after July 1, 2011 facility managers, custodians, and indoor air quality committees shall receive training in best cleaning practices related to the green cleaning program. It is anticipated that this could result in a minimal cost to municipalities as well as the Technical High School System. Based on similar training requirements it is anticipated that the training could be conducted for approximately $100 per staff member. The cost for training would not be incurred until FY 12.

In addition to training requirements, local and regional boards of education are required, beginning in FY 11, to annually notify students or parents and guardians about the school district's green cleaning policy and to publish the notices on the school's website. This is anticipated to result in a minimal cost to local and regional school districts associated with the printing and distribution of the green cleaning policy.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation. The requirement and corresponding costs mentioned above, for training facility managers, custodians, and indoor air quality committees would begin in FY 12.

Sources: www. education-world. com; Bristol Press, October 2008; Connecticut Department of Administrative Services

1 The fringe benefit costs for state employees are budgeted centrally in the Miscellaneous Accounts administered by the Comptroller on an actual cost basis. The following is provided for estimated costs associated with additional personnel. The estimated non-pension fringe benefit rate as a percentage of payroll is 25. 43%. Fringe benefit costs for new positions do not initially include pension costs as the state's pension contribution is based upon the 6/30/08 actuarial valuation for the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) which certifies the contribution for FY 10 and FY 11. Therefore, new positions will not impact the state's pension contribution until FY 12 after the next scheduled certification on 6/30/2010.