Date Requested: January 23, 2015
Time Requested: 10:42 AM
Agency: Agriculture
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
1617 Introduced HB2033
CBD Subject: Natural Resources


0131, 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 90,000 93,400
Personal Services 0 60,000 66,000
Current Expenses 0 25,000 27,400
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. The increases in cost anticipated for FY 2016, the first year of
    implementation, are as follows:
    *Personal Services: A veterinarian at .5 FTE, as well as 5-10% of existing field staff time: $60,000.
    *Current Expenses: Travel and training for veterinarian and field staff, along with additional supplies to support related
    activities: $25,000.
    *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 an 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: Alan Clemans on behalf of Sandra Gillispie, CFO
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