Date Requested: February 17, 2015
Time Requested: 12:25 PM
Agency: Homeland Security & Emergency Management
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2943 Introduced HB2785
CBD Subject: Public Safety


Sources of Revenue:

Special Fund

Legislation creates:

A New Program

Fiscal Note Summary

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

    The WV SIRN is the primary means of voice communications for most state public safety agencies including, Division of Homeland Security, WV State Police, WV DNR, WV Turnpike Authority, WV National Guard, WV Division of Corrections and Regional Jails, WV State Fire Marshal, WV DHHR, WV ABC, WV Dept of Agriculture as well as most county public safety agencies. In addition there are many federal, state and local agencies that use the system in various ways, to include bordering states which provide mutual aid to WV. Currently the system is funded by General Revenue through the DHHR that was used to build and maintain the current SIRN network as well as the Statewide Medical Command System and funds received from 911 fees by this agency that are specifically dedicated to the maintenance and continued build of the system. The system is not adequately funded with these two sources and needs dedicated special revenue source to sustain it for first responders across the state. This legislation transfers existing assets, resources and personnel from DHHR and creates a special revenue account dedicated solely to the SIRN system.

Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
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 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

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

    The above form does not allow for entering applicable information.


    Currently the DHSEM receives approximately $1.8 million annually in funds from 911 fees. These funds are used in strict compliance with WV Code as to their uses to continue to build and maintain the system. The revenue collected here and potentially transferred from DHHR is insufficient to manage and maintain the system. Only the technical personnel have been supported by funding from DHHR and the long term administrative and other support staff has been provided by other agencies including the SWIC who has been a uniformed member of the State Police and DHSEM which has done most of the administrative work. The SWIC position is to be funded by a federal grant through 2017. The system continues to grow in infrastructure and users and currently has approximately 27,000 users. The system like computer networks must be maintained and updated on a regular basis at a significant cost. Many local jurisdictions provide some level of support to the system as well and those costs are not included here.

    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Jimmy Gianato
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