OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5130

AN ACT CONCERNING THE SEWAGE SPILL RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT AND EXPANDING CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR WASTEWATER OPERATORS.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

MDC

Clean Water Fund - Cost

None

Up to

20,000

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

GF - Cost

None

65,000

Comptroller Misc. Accounts (Fringe Benefits)1

GF - Cost

None

23,615

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Various Municipalities

STATE MANDATE - Cost

None

Up to 20,000

Explanation

The bill creates a new certification renewal and a continuing education program for certified wastewater treatment facility operators, which the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) must administer by October 1, 2019.

The bill results in costs of $65,000 in FY 20 to DEEP, plus associated fringe benefits (of $23,615 in FY 20) for an additional Environmental Analyst II position to manage the newly established certification renewal and continuing education program.

Additionally, the bill would result in costs to various municipalities, including the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) for wastewater treatment plant operators to obtain a certification renewal and continuing education credits.2 It is anticipated that the MDC and larger cities have up to 30 wastewater treatment plant operators and that renewal and continuing credit requirements may cost up to $500 per employee. Therefore, costs to the MDC and various municipalities are estimated at up to $20,000 each in FY 20.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation and the cost of certification renewal and continuing education requirements.

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 36.33% of payroll in FY 19 and FY 20.

2 The MDC is a non-profit municipal corporation chartered by the General Assembly in 1929 to provide potable water and sewerage services on a regional basis to eight member municipalities: Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, West Hartford, Wethersfield and Windsor, and drinking water to portions of Farmington, Glastonbury, East Granby and South Windsor.