Date Requested:March 09, 2005
Time Requested:11:16 AM
Agency: Highways, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2005R1540 Intro HB2954
CBD Subject: State Trail Coordinator
FUND(S)
State Road Fund (9017)
Sources of Revenue
Special Fund
Legislation creates:
A New Program

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    
    Implementation of this legislation requiring that the DOH employ a State Trail Coordinator is overall minimal; however, a majority of the proposed functions are already being handled by a section within the DOH and a trail advisory board required by the Federal Government.
    
    The DOH currently has personnel overseeing the trail grant program, in addition to other grant programs. If this bill is enacted, the legislation would require much more oversight and probably require employing more than one individual in order to coordiante trail development, maintenance, accessibility, signage systems, develop policies, public relations, etc.
    
    It should be that this legislation is unfunded. Current Federal trail money is already fully utilized to provide grants to local trail groups and not to fund a specific position in the DOH. Please see the attached memorandum.
    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2005
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2006
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost -78,175 -156,350 -156,350
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    
    Salary for State Trail Coordinator $50,000
    Salary for possible Assistant Coordinator 42,000
    Benefits 38,000
    Office Space, materials, vehicle, etc 25,000
    Personnel Total $155,000.00
    
    Board Meetings (2 per year w/9 non-state
     employee board members)
    
    2 mtgs x 9 members x $150 lodging/meals 1,350.00
    
    Total $156,350.00
    
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Kathy Holtsclaw
Email Address:
kholtsclaw@dot.state.wv.us
    
    The current federal highway bill provides grants for recreational trails and already requires that each state have a recreational trail advisory board to review grant applications. The board's composition is the same as in the proposed legislation with the exception of representatives ffrom the Development Office and Public Health.
    
    Grant Applications are received by the DOH, reviewed and then presented to the board for final review and ranking. The Board's recommendations are then provided to the Transportation Secretary for his final selection. Agreements are processed by the DOH and each funded grant is monitored for acceptability.
    
    A state trail plan has already been developed. The proposed Coordinator, like the current board, does not have the authority to implement such a long range plan even if funded.
    
    Addtionally, more than one individual will probably be needed in order to comply with the legislation to provide the coordination required for trail development maintenance, accessibility, signage, policies development, public relations, etc.