OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sSB-186

AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR VIOLATION OF A MUNICIPAL ORDINANCE REGULATING THE OPERATION OR USE OF A DIRT BIKE OR ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE AND ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE POLICY AND PROCEDURES.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Potential Cost

Less than 10,000

None

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Gain

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Explanation

The bill allows municipalities to fine, without providing a written warning first, violators of ordinances relating to dirt bike or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

Municipalities that have such ordinances may experience a revenue gain to the extent that they impose more fines as a result of the bill. Any revenue gain is expected to be minimal.

The bill also requires the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to implement any proposals submitted to and approved by the agency concerning the possible use of state land for use by ATVs as outlined in DEEP's 2002 “All-Terrain Vehicle Policy and Procedures” document.

There may be one-time costs, anticipated to be less than $10,000 in FY 16, associated with providing public notice for, and holding a public meeting within a municipality where proposed ATV project(s) would be located.

In addition, the policy and procedures document requires a private entity to provide for the security and enforcement, improvements and renovations, operations, maintenance, supervision, and damages to the ATV site, in addition to indemnification and insurance. Thus, these provisions are not anticipated to result in a fiscal impact to the state or municipalities.

The Out Years

There are no annualized ongoing fiscal impacts, as the potential costs described above may occur in FY 16 only.