Date Requested:January 14, 2011
Time Requested:02:01 PM
Agency: Natural Resources, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R1148 Introduced HB2453
CBD Subject: SENIORS PARKS DISCOUNTS
FUND(S)
3265
Sources of Revenue
Special Fund
Legislation creates:
Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

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

     The purpose of this bill is to make the fifty percent (50%) discount on campground rental fees at state parks for West Virginia’s senior citizens available year-round instead of during the “off-season” only. Therefore, it would affect camping revenues during the months of June, July, and August. During those months in 2009, the Parks and Recreation Section of the Division of Natural Resources collected $963,219 in camping fees. A random survey of campgrounds and camper registration records in 2002 revealed that 28.89% of all registrations during those months were made by resident senior citizens. Therefore, revenue collections from this group totaled $278,273.96. Applying the 50% reduction as mandated in the bill means that the Parks and Recreation system would lose ($139,136.98).
    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 -139,137 -139,137
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 -139,137 -139,137
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
     The purpose of this bill is to make the fifty percent (50%) discount on campground rental fees at state parks for West Virginia’s senior citizens available year-round instead of during the “off-season” only. Therefore, it would affect camping revenues during the months of June, July, and August. During those months in 2009, the Parks and Recreation Section of the Division of Natural Resources collected $963,219 in camping fees. A random survey of campgrounds and camper registration records in 2002 revealed that 28.89% of all registrations during those months were made by resident senior citizens. Therefore, revenue collections from this group totaled $278,273.96. Applying the 50% reduction as mandated in the bill means that the Parks and Recreation system would lose ($139,136.98).
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Robert Beanblossom
Email Address:
Robert.L.Beanblossom
    If further information is needed regarding this fiscal note, please contact:
    
     Robert Beanblossom, District Administrator
     Division of Natural Resources
     Parks & Recreation Section
     324 4th Avenue
     South Charleston, WV 25303-1228
    
     304.558.2764 office
     304.389.5041 cell
     304.558.0077 fax