FUND(S):



Sources of Revenue:

General Fund,Special Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program,A New Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    Passage of this bill as written will require a general revenue appropriation of approximately $725,000 in the first full year of operation, and approximately $679,500 every year thereafter. Year one includes the cost of establishing the office, in addition to wages and benefits for the Director and staff, and estimated operating expenses. The primary designated source of funding is by Legislative Appropriation.
    
    Cost estimates include wages and benefits for 1 Director and 7 staff members, furniture and fixtures (Year 1 only), travel, training, legal and other operating expenses.
    
    No revenue stream is authorized or established by this bill, therefore, a general revenue appropriation would be necessary for full implementation and operation of the Office of Child Advocacy. However, special revenue in the form of gifts, grants or donations is authorized and may subsequently reduce the annual general revenue appropriation.
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 724,500 679,500
Personal Services 0 474,500 474,500
Current Expenses 0 205,000 205,000
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 45,000 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 724,500 679,500


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


    Estimates assume an effective date of July 1, 2012, with the first full year of operation being FY2013.
    
    Staffing assumptions:
     1 Director @ $70,000
     1 Administrative Secretary @ $30,000
     2 Staff Attorneys @ $60,000 ea.= $120,000
     1 Public Info. Specialist $40,000
     3 Child Advocacy Specialists
     /Investigators @ $105,000
     Total Personal Services $365,000
    
    Employee Benefits are estimated at 30% of gross wages, to include CPERB and PEIA employer contribution, Workers' Comp. and FICA/Medicare match.
    
    Current Expenses include travel, training, rent, outside legal expense, toll-free line and other telephony expense, technical support, office supplies, etc.
    
    Year 1 Assets include computers, office equipment, furniture and fixtures. Year 2 costs are reduced by this estimated cost of Assets (incurred during start-up).
    
    



Memorandum


    The potential fiscal impact of gifts, grants and/or donations to this Office is not addressed. The bill is rather vague as to the intent or use of any Special Revenue that may be realized.
    
    As written, a legislative appropriation would support the salaries and benefits of proposed staff. However, the source of funding for operating expense is not addressed. Therefore, it is assumed that a legislative appropriation for the full cost of establishing this Office would be necessary.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Cindy Smith
    Email Address: Cynthia.M.Smith@wv.gov