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
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 89,000 92,400
Personal Services 0 60,000 66,000
Current Expenses 0 24,000 26,400
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 because it will not become effective until the expiration of FY2012.
     **The increases in cost anticipated for FY 2013, the first year of implementation, are as follows:
     Personal Services --- a veterinarian at .5 FTE --- $60,000.
     Current Expense --- Supplies, Travel and Training --- $24,000.
     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.


    This is a very rough 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: Sandra Gillispie
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