8734 & 0310 - Vocational Rehabilitation

Sources of Revenue:

General Fund,Other Fund Appropriated Federal

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

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

    WV Code 18-10A-2a requires the Division of Rehabilitation Services to pay its rehabilitation teachers according to the teacher salary pay scale for the county in which the facility is located. Prior to the emergency evacuation of the former West Virginia Rehabilitation Center Complex ordered by the State Fire Marshall in late March 2011, all DRS employed rehabilitation teachers were located at this facility in Kanawha County.
    Currently, DRS has rehabilitation teacher positions in three different counties. The majority have relocated to new space in Nitro, WV, which is a relatively short distance from the Division’s former location in Institute. DRS also has rehabilitation teacher positions in Monongalia and Fayette Counties.
    This change in Code will require DRS to pay its rehabilitation teachers according to the teacher salary pay scale of the county in which the agency’s administrative headquarters is located, which is Kanawha County.
    This change will save DRS at least $40,000 annually by maintaining the salaries at the same level they were prior to the mandated evacuation from Institute and subsequent moves. The change will also prevent pay inequity among DRS employees in the same job classification.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 42,857 42,857
Personal Services 0 42,857 42,857
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

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

    Without this statutory change, DRS would face an annual increase of at least $40,000 in personal services costs. These costs would be ongoing.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Michelle James
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