Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

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

    **REVISED 02/22/2013**
    The current budgeted manpower of the WV State Police is 698. In order to reach a count of 800 positions by July 1, 2017(see memorandum below), 25 new trooper positions will need to be funded each of the next three fiscal years and 27 trooper positions the fourth year.
    For each class of 25, the first year cost is $2,833,054. The second and third year cost is $1,707,139 and $1,755,855 respectively. The first year cost is higher due to the cost associated with properly equipping additional troopers with a patrol car and related equipment – approximately $48,566 each per trooper.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 2,833,054 8,312,785
Personal Services 0 960,917 4,469,265
Current Expenses 0 254,261 810,803
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 1,214,150 1,311,282
Other 0 403,726 1,721,435
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

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

    The cost per cadet class for each class of 25 – 3 classes required
    Year 1 $2,833,054
    Year 2 $1,707,139
    Year 3 $1,755,855
    Year 4 $1,790,893
    Cost for the Cadet Class for the 4th class of 27
    Year 1 $3,058,898
    Year 2 $1,843,710
    Year 3 $1,896,323
    Year 4 $1,934,164


    There will be an unknown cost for replacing 102 patrol cars and equipment on a cyclical basis. At current contract prices, $2,737,476 additional funding will be needed to replace 102 cars no less than every four years.
    Eight hundred troopers is an arbitrary number and does not guarantee the efficient operation of the WV State Police nor does it establish any type of minimum or maximum level of security afforded to the citizens of West Virginia.
    This fiscal note is prepared using the same scenario as SB126 to reach 800 troopers by July 1, 2017.
    There is an apparent contradiction in the language of this piece of legislation as to the date the goal of 800 troopers should be reached. Paragraph one indicates an accomplishment date of July 1, 2015, while in the underscored section in body of the bill the goal date reads July 1, 2016. Clarification is needed to prepare a fiscal note with either one of these dates.

    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Connie E Gundy
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