FUND(S):

N/A

Sources of Revenue:

Other Fund Individual Teachers

Legislation creates:

A New Program



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    The impact of this legislation would not directly affect the Purchasing Division since the individual teachers would be paying for the computers directly to the vendor. It is uncertain as to whether these additional orders to the successful vendors would have any affect on the contracted amount in future years.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2011
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2012
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):


    There would be no state revenue expended for the computers since the individual teachers would be paying the vendor directly and owning the property after receipt.



Memorandum


    There are concerns that should be addressed, including but not limited to, accountability, tax exemption, and competitiveness. The Purchasing Division does not have oversight on all releases against this contract; and therefore, could not ensure that teachers are only receiving one computer and related devices per year. Additionally, vendors are selling to the state, which is tax exempt. But teachers would be taxable, thus, possibly causing tax issues with the vendor. Also, the contract would have to be changed to specify that teachers would be eligible for the contracted price. Currently, the contract reads that the contract is offered to all state agencies and political subdivisions. Without any knowledge of the number of teachers who would participate, it would be difficult for vendors to competitively bid on this contract due to the uncertain quantity variables. Other concerns include that the current contract for information processing equipment is a statewide contract; however, the Purchasing Division is strongly pursuing piggybacking existing public (state, federal, and state consortium) contracts for which the Purchasing Division would have no control over the specifications and targeted recipients. Lastly, the Purchasing Division does not have the staff to control or coordinate issues relating to selling products to the public.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Diane Holley-Brown
    Email Address: Diane.M.Holley@wv.gov