|Date Requested:February 03, 2014
Time Requested:02:20 PM
| FUND(S) |
Dangerous Wild Animal Fund
Sources of Revenue
Legislation creates:A New Program,A New Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
|The Dangerous Wild Animal Board and Dangerous Wild Animal Fund are established to identify and issue permits for dangerous wild animals housed in WV. The Commissioner of Agriculture is ex officio Chair of the Board, and the Department of Agriculture is charged with providing staff and other support for the Board's activities, including developing rules related to the function of the Board. The fee for each permit is unknown at this time, as it is to be established by rule. Also, there are no estimates on the number or type of dangerous wild animals in the state, so it is not possible to estimate permit revenue that will go into the special revenue fund dedicated to this program.|
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|2. Estimated Total Revenues||0||0||0|
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
It is difficult to estimate fiscal impact of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act at this time. There is insufficient data to estimate the number of permits to be issued by the new Dangerous Wild Animal Board. This, along with the fact that the rule-making process must first be completed in order to establish permit fees, makes estimated total revenues unknown. The main duty of the Board will be to administer the permitting process, which would require minimal staff time and expense. Since there are no ongoing surveillance responsibilities defined to monitor wild animal health and welfare, there would be no need for field or technical staff on a regular basis. Instead, expenses would only be incurred when responding to an incident that would require relocation or depopulation of wild animals, and would vary depending on the type and number of animals, location, nature of incident and other factors.