OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-1134

AN ACT CONCERNING OUTDOOR WOOD-BURNING FURNACES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 14 $

FY 15 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

26,028

32,443

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Potential Cost

8,291

10,819

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill requires the Department of Agriculture (DAG) to conduct a survey to identify the number and location of outdoor wood-burning furnaces installed or operational as of October 1, 2013. There is no fiscal impact for DAG to conduct this survey.

If the Department of Public Health (DPH) chose to enforce outdoor wood-burning furnace provisions under the bill, it would incur a cost of $26,028 in FY 14 and $32,443 in FY 15 and the State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits would incur related costs of $8,291 in FY 14 and $10,819 in FY 15. These costs reflect a half-time Epidemiologist II position under DPH with a 10/1/3 start date,2 other expenses including mileage reimbursement for statewide travel and general office supplies and a one-time equipment cost for a computer in FY 14. Fringe benefit costs for this position are paid out of the State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits. DPH may chose not to enforce wood-burning furnace provisions and would, therefore, not incur associated costs to do so, nor would fringe benefit costs be needed under the State Comptroller – Fringe Benefits.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation should DPH chose to enforce wood-burning furnace provisions.

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 34.54% of payroll in FY 14 and FY 15.

2 DPH staff does not have any responsibilities regarding enforcement of wood-burning furnace provisions currently. Costs are reflected as potential as the bill is permissive.