Colorado Legislative Council Staff



No State General Fund Impact

TABOR Refund Impact

(Replaces Fiscal Note dated February 4, 1998)

Cash Fund Revenue Impact

Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 98-529

Rep. Tucker

Sen. Wham


Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

February 23, 1998

Senate Agriculture

Steve Tammeus (866-2756)



Summary of Legislation


FY 1998/99

FY 1999/2000

State Revenues

General Fund

Parks and Outdoor Recreation Cash Fund



State Expenditures

General Fund

Other Fund



FTE Position Change



Local Government Impact — None

            This reengrossed bill creates a Disabled Visitor’s Columbine Annual Pass and establishes the fee to be 25 percent of the Annual Vehicle Entrance fee. The bill defines “disabled person” and stipulates where eligible persons may acquire a Columbine Annual Pass. The reengrossed bill requires the Parks and Outdoor Recreation Board to adopt a rule to provide for a transferable Columbine Annual Pass that will be valid when temporarily affixed to any vehicle used by the passholder. The bill requires the board to adopt a rule by November 1, 1998 to make conforming amendments to the eligibility requirements for an Aspen Leaf Pass.

            The bill will become effective at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the ninety-day period after adjournment sine die of the General Assembly, or on the date of the official declaration of the vote of the people as proclaimed by the Governor, if a referendum petition is filed pursuant to Article V, Section 1 (3) of the State Constitution.

            This bill will affect state cash fund revenue. Therefore, it is assessed as having a state fiscal impact.

State Revenues

            This bill establishes the fee for a Disabled Visitor’s Columbine Annual Pass to be 25 percent of the Annual Vehicle Entrance fee, or $10. The revenue impact to the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation for FY 1998-99 is based upon the following assumptions:

               that according to the 1990 Census, 79,841 people in Colorado meet the definition of disabled person as specified in the bill;

               that based on Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation records, of these people, 1,828 (2.3 percent) would be likely to purchase the Disabled Visitor’s Columbine Annual Pass for a fee of $10 rather than the Annual Parks Pass for a fee of $40; and

               that the provisions of the bill will become effective August 6, 1998.

            Pursuant to Section 2-2-322, C.R.S., which requires legislative service agency review of legislative measures which include the creation or increase of any fee collected by a state agency, the following analysis is provided.

Columbine Annual Pass

Fee Type





Total Fee Impact

Columbine Annual Pass






Annual Parks Pass








TABOR Refund Impact

            Section 20 of Article X of the Colorado Constitution, limits the maximum annual percentage increase in state fiscal year spending. Once total state revenue from all sources that are not specifically excluded from fiscal year spending exceeds these limits for the fiscal year, the state constitution requires that the excess shall be refunded in the next fiscal year unless voters approve a revenue change as an offset. Based on the current Legislative Council economic forecast, it is projected that the state will be in a TABOR refund position during each of the next five fiscal years. Any increase or decrease in state revenue from changes in fees, fines, licenses, or other revenue sources will affect the amount of the state revenue to be refunded.

Spending Authority

            This fiscal note would imply that no new state appropriations or spending authority would be required for FY 1998-99 to implement the provisions of the bill.

Departments Contacted

            Natural Resources