Date Requested:February 10, 2011
Time Requested:12:12 PM
Agency: Environmental Protection, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2011R2392 Introduced HB2955
CBD Subject: FEES ASSESSED
FUND(S)
Operator Permit Fees Fund
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.

    This bill partially replaces a revenue stream from a tax on synthetic fuels, which expired in 2007 and which was used for the operation of DEP's Division of Mining & Reclamation. The Synthetic Fuel Tax provided approximately $4 million per year. This bill proposes to provide an estimated $1.6 million per year in new revenue for the operation of the Division of Mining & Reclamation. Keeping the Division of Mining & Reclamation adequately funded helps West Virginia maintain primacy of its mining program.

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 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 1,663,500 1,663,500
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    The proposed legislation does not propose to increase or decrease costs to the State, but to provide a funding mechanism by which DEP's Division of Mining & Reclamation can remain adequately funded to carry out the purposes of the Division. The proposed legislation would raise approximately $1.6 million per year to make up an approximate $4 million shortfall in the Division's budget that came about as a result of the revenue lost upon the expiration of the Synthetic Fuels Tax in 2007.


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Kristin A. Boggs, General Counsel, DEP
Email Address:
kristin.a.boggs@wv.gov