Date Requested:February 15, 2013
Time Requested:12:56 PM
Agency: Natural Resources, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2013R1193 Introduced HB2379
CBD Subject: DISABLED VETS STAY FREE
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.

    According to the last information available, there are approximately 24,000 veterans receiving benefits in West Virginia, according to the Adjudication Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington. According to the Southern Forest Resource Assessment prepared by the U.S. Forest Service in 2002, 26.83% of Americans regularly camp. It is logical to conclude that this same percentage could be applied to residents as well as disabled veterans in the State. This means that approximately 6,439 disabled veterans camp yearly in West Virginia state parks and forests.
    
    Assuming an average rental fee of $20 per night/per site and working on the assumption that each of the 6,439 individuals stayed an average of six (6) nights each fall and each spring for a total of twelve (12) nights per year, the maximum lost revenue would be $154,536 per year.
    
    
    
    
    
    

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2014
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 -154,536 -154,536
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 -154,536 -154,536
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    According to the last information available, there are approximately 24,000 veterans receiving benefits in West Virginia, according to the Adjudication Division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Huntington. According to the Southern Forest Resource Assessment prepared by the U.S. Forest Service in 2002, 26.83% of Americans regularly camp. It is logical to conclude that this same percentage could be applied to residents as well as disabled veterans in the State. This means that approximately 6,439 disabled veterans camp yearly in West Virginia state parks and forests.
    
    Assuming an average rental fee of $20 per night/per site and working on the assumption that each of the 6,439 individuals stayed an average of six (6) nights each fall and each spring for a total of twelve (12) nights per year, the maximum lost revenue would be $154,536 per year.
    
    
    
    
    


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Robert.L. Beanblossom
Email Address:
Robert.L. Beanblossom@wv.gov
    If further information is needed concerning 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
    Robert.L.Beanblossom@wv.gov