FUND(S):

State Road Fund

Sources of Revenue:

Other Fund State Road Fund

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


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


     The stated purpose of this bill is to reduce the wholesale tax on heating fuel, off-road fuels, kerosene and propane used for home heating purposes or off-road use to 4.85 percent effective July 1, 2013.
    
     As written, this bill proposes to reduce the wholesale tax on fuel consumed for off-road usage. Under current law, the Motor Fuel Excise Tax is composed of a flat rate (i.e., 20.5 cents per gallon) and a variable rate component. The variable rate component is equal to 5 percent of the average wholesale price of fuel. As of January 1, 2013, the variable rate was set at 14.2 cents per gallon (i.e., .05 x $2.831 per gallon). If the intent of the bill is to reduce the variable rate component to 4.85 percent of the average wholesale price of fuel (i.e., .0485 x $2.831 = 14.0 cents per gallon), the loss to the State Road Fund would be roughly $1.7 million during the first full year of effect and thereafter (assuming the average wholesale price remains unchanged).
    
     Additional administrative costs to the Tax Department would be $30,600 during the current fiscal year for programming changes. Thereafter, there would be no additional costs.
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2014
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 30,600 0 0
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 30,600 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 -1,700,000 -1,700,000


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


     The stated purpose of this bill is to reduce the wholesale tax on heating fuel, off-road fuels, kerosene and propane used for home heating purposes or off-road use to 4.85 percent effective July 1, 2013.
    
     As written, this bill proposes to reduce the wholesale tax on fuel consumed for off-road usage. Under current law, the Motor Fuel Excise Tax is composed of a flat rate (i.e., 20.5 cents per gallon) and a variable rate component. The variable rate component is equal to 5 percent of the average wholesale price of fuel. As of January 1, 2013, the variable rate was set at 14.2 cents per gallon (i.e., .05 x $2.831 per gallon). If the intent of the bill is to reduce the variable rate component to 4.85 percent of the average wholesale price of fuel (i.e., .0485 x $2.831 = 14.0 cents per gallon), the loss to the State Road Fund would be roughly $1.7 million during the first full year of effect and thereafter (assuming the average wholesale price remains unchanged).
    
     Additional administrative costs to the Tax Department would be $30,600 during the current fiscal year for programming changes. Thereafter, there would be no additional costs.
    



Memorandum


     The stated purpose of this bill is to reduce the wholesale tax on heating fuel, off-road fuels, kerosene and propane used for home heating purposes or off-road use to 4.85 percent effective July 1, 2013.
    
     As written, it is unclear how the wholesale tax rate in this bill is to be reduced. The bill proposes to change the wholesale tax rate on heating fuel, off road fuels, kerosene and propane used for home heating purposes or for off road use to 4.85 percent, but it does not state percent of “what”. It is unclear whether or not the current variable rate component of the Motor Fuel Excise Tax is to be reduced to 4.85 percent of the wholesale price of fuel or if something else is intended.
    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Mark B. Muchow
    Email Address: Roger.D.Cox@wv.gov