OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5528

AN ACT CONCERNING ESSENTIAL PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES AND THE EUTHANIZATION OF ANIMALS IN A FACILITY SUBJECT TO REGULATION BY THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.

As Amended by House "A" (LCO 5585)

House Calendar No.: 339

Senate Calendar No.: 596


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

approx. 25,000

None

Public Health, Dept.

GF - Potential Savings

None

approx. 52,000 - 307,000

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Revenue Loss

None

approx. 52,000 - 307,000

Explanation

The bill results in a potential cost of approximately $25,000 to the Department of Public Health (DPH) in FY 15, a potential savings to the agency in FY 16 onward of approximately $52,000 to $307,000 and an equal, associated, potential revenue loss to district departments of health and municipal health departments in FY 16 onward. The bill requires that district departments of health and municipal health departments that are eligible to receive a per capita subsidy from DPH under existing statutes1 also provide, within available appropriations, a health program that meets certain requirements under the bill. As criteria that demonstrate that departments are meeting these requirements are anticipated to be developed in FY 15, funding to departments may be affected in FY 16 onward.

The potential $25,000 cost to DPH is associated with hiring a consultant to redesign and reprogram DPH's web-based local health management system (also known as “Maven”) to accommodate the measurement and tracking of health program criteria by district department of health and municipal health department. Should a department fail to meet the criteria that are developed and lose its per capita subsidy, a revenue loss to that department and a savings of the same amount to DPH would result. Of the 36 total district departments of health and municipal health departments receiving a DPH subsidy in FY 14, the smallest department2 received $52,079 and the largest3 received $307,316. It is anticipated that, at most, one department may not meet criteria in FY 16 onward. Hence, the savings/revenue loss is reflected as a potential $52,000 to $307,000 in FY 16.

House “A” specifies that requirements in the underlying bill be met within available appropriations, making the cost to DPH a potential one. It also expands euthanization requirement exemptions to any animal euthanized in a facility subject to regulation by the United State Department of Agriculture, which does not result in a fiscal impact.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to health program implementation.

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. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

1 DPH expended $4,662,487 for these subsidies in FY 13.

2 Connecticut River Area Health District.

3 North Central District Health Department.