FUND(S):

0131 and 1401

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund,Special Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    This bill proposes to give responsibility for regulating captive cervid farming to the Department of Agriculture (WVDA). Currently, the WVDA does not have the resources to absorb this additional responsibility. Although some of the activities may be covered by current employees, we will require additional services of a veterinarian that cannot be covered by current staff. These activities would also incur additional expense for equipment, supplies, travel and training. WVDA would require additional funding whether in the form of a General Revenue appropriation or a Special Revenue fee established or both, to cover the cost of the program.



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2014
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2015
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 90,000 93,400
Personal Services 0 60,000 66,000
Current Expenses 0 25,000 27,400
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 5,000 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 29,250 0


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


    There will be no impact to the current fiscal year. The increases in cost anticipated for FY 2015, the first year of implementation, are as follows:
    
    Personal Services: A veterinarian at .5 FTE, as well as 5-10% of existing field staff time: $60,000.
    Current Expenses: Travel and training for veterinarian and field staff, along with additional supplies to support related activities: $25,000.
    Assets: Equipment for initial setup: $5,000.
    
    Increases in costs for subsequent years are anticipated due to normal inflation. Assuming that all cervid farming operations will be licensed in the first year, revenues for year 2, and every other year thereafter, will be zero because the licenses will be issued for a two year period. However, costs associated with on-going regulatory activities, monitoring and recordkeeping will be incurred every year.
    



Memorandum


    This is an estimate of the impact this proposed legislation may have on the Department of Agriculture. Further research is required in order to assess the full impact and develop a comprehensive, more accurate estimate of revenue and expense associated with the program. Person submitting Fiscal Note: Alan Clemans on behalf of Sandra Gillispie
     Email Address: aclemans@wvda.us