OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-6441

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DAM SAFETY PROGRAM.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires owners of a high or significant hazard dam to develop and implement an emergency action plan. There is no fiscal impact, as the state and municipalities have already developed emergency action plans.

The bill also makes other changes which are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

Background

There is currently $7.4 million in unallocated general obligation (GO) bond funds through the State Bond Commission (SBC) in FY 13 for the dam safety program. The Governor's Recommended budget additionally proposes $6 million in FY 14 and $5 million in GO bonds FY 15 for this program.

These funds are used to repair and modernize state-owned dams in compliance with the Army Corps of Engineers and state safety standards.

In FY 09 the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Inland Water Resources Division hired a consultant to inspect state-owned dams. The study resulted in the development of a prioritized list of repairs of state-owned dams and an estimated cost for each project.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None