OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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SB-446

AN ACT ESTABLISHING AN AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES MANAGEMENT GRANT AND PREVENTION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Potential Cost

399,399

205,381

Comptroller- Fringe Benefits1

GF - Potential Cost

44,999

46,349

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 15 $

FY 16 $

Various Municipalities

Potential Revenue Gain

200,000

None

Explanation

The bill establishes an aquatic invasive species (AIS) management grant and prevention and education program within the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

It allows the agency to (1) provide grants to municipalities for AIS management efforts; (2) hire seasonal staff to enforce state law requiring vessels and trailers to be inspected for the presence of vegetation and AIS; (3) educate boaters on prevention methods for the spread of AIS in lakes; and (4) conduct a rapid response to AIS population identified in state lakes. It also allows up to 10% of funds provided for the program to be used by DEEP for administrative purposes. To the extent DEEP implements the AIS management program, there could be costs of $399,399 in FY 15 and $205,381 in FY 16 for these purposes.

It is anticipated that DEEP may hire ten seasonal staff persons, costing approximately $156,339 in FY 15 and $161,029 in FY 16, including fringe benefits to provide prevention, education and rapid response efforts associated with the AIS program. sHB 5030, the FY 15 revised budget bill, as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, appropriated $54,600 in FY 15 for this purpose.

The agency is also anticipated to hire an intern to administer the municipal grant program and coordinate rapid response efforts at a cost of $43,060 in FY 15 and $44,352 in FY 16, including fringe benefits.2 There is no funding in sHB 5030, the FY 15 revised budget bill, as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, for this purpose.

There may also be additional costs to DEEP, and a revenue gain to various municipalities in the same amount, to the extent DEEP makes grants to municipalities for AIS management efforts. sHB 5030, the FY 15 revised budget bill, as favorably reported by the Appropriations Committee, appropriated $200,000 in FY 15 for this purpose.

The Out Years

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

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 36.66% of payroll in FY 15 and FY 16.

2 The fringe benefit expenses reflect social security payroll taxes of 7.65%.