Colorado Legislative Council Staff



No State General Fund Impact

(replaces fiscal impact dated February 8, 1999)

Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 99-0460

Rep. McKay

Sen. Hillman


Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

February 15, 1999

Senate Agriculture

Steve Tammeus (303-866-2756)



Fiscal Impact Summary

FY 1999/2000

FY 2000/2001

State Revenues

General Fund



State Expenditures

General Fund



FTE Position Change

0.0 FTE

0.0 FTE

Other State Impact: None.

Effective Date: Upon signature of the Governor.

Appropriation Summary for FY 1999-2000: None

Local Government Impact: Allows counties to demand reimbursement of pest treatment costs up to $5,000 annually from landowners.

Summary of Legislation

            This reengrossed bill revises the Pest Control Act under the Department of Agriculture as follows:


               restates the notice of inspection and inspection procedures conducted by the county pest inspector under a board of county commissioners;

               revises provisions regarding inspection warrants and hearings conducted by the board of county commissioners;

               requires the county pest inspector to notify the landowner of the privilege to consult with the state forester or county extension office;

               allows the board of county commissioners to demand reimbursement of the county's direct costs and expenses for treating pest infestation or infection;

               increases the annual cap on a landowner's expenses for pest control for any one parcel from $500 to $5,000;

               requires the board to develop a payment schedule when the property owner demonstrates an economic hardship.

Local Government Impact

            Under current law, a landowner's expenses for treatment of a pest infested property when ordered by a board of county commissioners is capped at $500. The county then must bear the cost of any amount in excess of $500. This bill increases that annual cap from $500 to $5,000, and allows a county to demand reimbursement of the county's direct costs up to $5,000.

            Mesa County indicates the treatment of fruit tree pests, depending on the species, can cost $150 to $600 per tree. That county has had no violations in recent years. El Paso County estimates the treatment and control of pine beetle infestation can cost approximately $500 per tree. The county pest inspector has identified approximately 600 trees that may require treatment.

State Appropriations

            This fiscal note would imply no new state appropriations are required for FY 1999-2000.

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