Date Requested:March 08, 2011
Time Requested:10:20 AM
Agency: Fire Commission
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
Engrossed HB3271
CBD Subject: VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANIES AND DEPARTMENTS
FUND(S)
6152
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.

    It will a cost to state government (State Fire Marshal) to implement and execute the provisions of this bill. Due to the complex ramifications as specified in the bill, we can only attest to the cost that would be incurred by this agency.

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 1,400,000 1,400,000 0
Personal Services 850,000 850,000 0
Current Expenses 300,000 300,000 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 250,000 250,000 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    Historically, the State Fire Marshal's Office has attempted to enforce the various mandates in either statute or by Legislative rule with a limited amount of funding and staff. The sheer complexity and additional obligations imposed by this bill will drastically impede and hamper the agency's ability to perform its historical tasks of: code adoption and enforcement, arson detection and enforcement and the administration and enforcement of the various regulatory programs assigned. Without a dedicated funding source, the agency will need to hire additional professional auditing and accounting ataff along with various performance analysts to adequately satisfy the intent of this bill. In short, the agency does not have the staffing or the expertise in these matters that this bill would impose without either sacrificing some, if not most of its current obligations and/or hiring a substantial amount of additional personnel.


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Nancy Olson
Email Address:
Nancy.L.Olson@wv.gov
    This legislation does have a fiscal impact.