Date Requested: January 23, 2015
Time Requested: 09:27 AM
Agency: Natural Resources, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1632 Introduced HB2179
CBD Subject: Natural Resources


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 State Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 170,783 veterans in West Virginia. 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 veterans in the State. This means that approximately 45,821 veterans camp yearly in West Virginia State Parks.
    
    Assuming an average rental fee of $20 per night/per site and working on the assumption that each of the 45,821 individuals stayed an average of one night each fall and each spring for a total of two nights per year, the minimum lost revenue would be $916,420.
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    



Fiscal Note Detail


Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2015
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2016
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 0 0
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 -916,420 -916,420


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


    According to the State Department of Veterans Affairs, there are approximately 170,783 veterans in West Virginia. 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 veterans in the State. This means that approximately 45,821 veterans camp yearly in West Virginia State Parks.
    
    Assuming an average rental fee of $20 per night/per site and working on the assumption that each of the 45,821 individuals stayed an average of one night each fall and each spring for a total of two nights per year, the minimum lost revenue would be $916,420.
    
    



Memorandum


    If further information is needed concerning this fiscal note, please contact:
    
    Robert Beanblossom, District Administrator
    DNR 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
    
    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: ROBERT BEANBLOSSOM
    Email Address: ROBERT.L.BEANBLOSSOM.WV.GOV