Date Requested: February 24, 2015
Time Requested: 02:27 PM
Agency: Tourism, Division of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
3260 Introduced HB2921
CBD Subject: Roads and Transportation


FUND(S):

3072

Sources of Revenue:

Other Fund Lottery

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund



Fiscal Note Summary


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


    



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 -4,700,000 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0


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


    This bill will eliminate the obligation to fund a courtesy patrol program, which current law states up to $4,700,000 is available. By eliminating this obligation, additional funding will be available in the Tourism Promotion Fund. Current law allows for the funding in the Tourism Promotion Fund to be available for a Matching Advertising Partnership Program by way of legislative rule, administered by the Division of Tourism but approved by the Tourism Commission. This is a reimbursement grant program that provides advertising dollars to racetracks, convention and visitors bureaus, fairs and festivals and other private businesses within the tourism industry.
    
    The dollars that flow into this fund are not utilized by the Division of Tourism for statewide marketing and advertising. The funding for statewide marketing and advertising come out of a regular lottery fund, fund 3067.
    



Memorandum


    This bill as introduced, eliminates the statutory requirement to transfer up to $4,700,000 to the Courtesy Patrol fund and the statutory obligation to operate a Courtesy Patrol program.
    
    Without this obligation to transfer up to $4,700,000 to a Courtesy Patrol program, this funding will remain in the Tourism Promotion Fund. The funds flowing into the Tourism Promotion fund are legislatively appropriated in the Excess Lottery section of the Budget Bill and transferred to the Tourism Promotion Fund.
    
    Funds within the Tourism Promotion Fund are utilized for a Matching Advertising Partnership Program by way of a legislative rule and approved by the Tourism Commission. 5% of the amount transferred into this fund is for direct advertising for Tourism and Parks.
    



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Loarie H. Butcher
    Email Address: loarie.h.butcher@wv.gov