FUND(S):

West Virginia Volunteer Firefighter Length of Service Fund

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    The stated purpose of this bill is to establish the “West Virginia Volunteer Firefighter Length of Service Act”; and to create a fund to be used for pensions for volunteer firefighters with twenty years service.
    
    As written, the bill would create a special revenue fund where proceeds from the “Fireworks Safety Fee” shall be deposited. The new “Fireworks Safety Fee” is established in proposed §29-3-24(c) (Senate Bill 707). The fund will provide a pension to volunteer firefighters of eight hundred dollars per month for the rest of his or her life who meet the criteria set forth in the proposed bill. According to our interpretation, this bill, by itself, would have no revenue effect.
    
    There would be no additional administrative costs to the State Tax Department associated with passage of this bill.
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2008
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2009
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
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


Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):


    The stated purpose of this bill is to establish the “West Virginia Volunteer Firefighter Length of Service Act”; and to create a fund to be used for pensions for volunteer firefighters with twenty years service.
    
    As written, the bill would create a special revenue fund where proceeds from the “Fireworks Safety Fee” shall be deposited. The new “Fireworks Safety Fee” is established in proposed §29-3-24(c) (Senate Bill 707). The fund will provide a pension to volunteer firefighters of eight hundred dollars per month for the rest of his or her life who meet the criteria set forth in the proposed bill. According to our interpretation, this bill, by itself, would have no revenue effect.
    
    There would be no additional administrative costs to the State Tax Department associated with passage of this bill.
    



Memorandum


    The stated purpose of this bill is to establish the “West Virginia Volunteer Firefighter Length of Service Act”; and to create a fund to be used for pensions for volunteer firefighters with twenty years service.
    
    This bill is meant to work in conjunction with Senate Bill 707, which would legalize the sale of fireworks in West Virginia, and impose a special fee on sales that would fund the account created by the proposed bill.
    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Mark Muchow
    Email Address: kpetry@tax.state.wv.us