Colorado Legislative Council Staff

STATE

FISCAL IMPACT

Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 99-0312

Sen. Feeley

 

Date:

Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

January 9, 1999

Senate Finance

Harry Zeid (303-866-4753)

 

TITLE:            CONCERNING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TASK FORCE TO STUDY THE FISCAL POLICIES OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN COLORADO.



Fiscal Impact Summary

FY 1999/2000

FY 2000/2001

State Revenues

General Fund


 


 

State Expenditures

General Fund


$147,871


$124,646

FTE Position Change

3.0 FTE

3.0 FTE

Other State Impact: None

Effective Date: 90 days after adjournment

Appropriation Summary for FY 1999-2000: $127,619 GF and 2.5 FTE to the Legislative Council and $20,252 GF and 0.5 FTE to the Office of Legislative Legal Services.

Local Government Impact: Local governments, including counties, municipalities, special districts, and school districts, would be represented on the Fiscal Policies Study Task Force.



Summary of Legislation


            This bill would create a 6-member Legislative Review Committee to oversee a study of tax and fiscal policies of state and local governments. Committee membership would include three members of the House of Representatives and three members of the Senate, and would be required to complete a legislative proposal on or before October 15, 2001. Members of the committee would consult with a 24-member Fiscal Policies Study Task Force. Task force members would include 20 members appointed by the Governor, two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and two members appointed by the President of the Senate. This task force would not include members of the General Assembly, and would serve without compensation.


            The duties of the task force would include:

 

               evaluate the overall effectiveness and impact of state and local government tax and fiscal policies;

               communicate with and obtain input from groups throughout the state affected by state and local government tax and fiscal policies;

               create subcommittees or subgroups as necessary to aid in the completion of the task force study and development of a legislative proposal for changes to state and local fiscal policies, including changes to law and government organization and structure; and

               report at least monthly to the members of the Legislative Review Committee.

            Issues to be addressed by the task force study and proposed legislation for changing state and local government fiscal policies are identified in the bill. The task force for the study of state and local government tax and fiscal policies would be authorized to receive contributions, grants, services, and in-kind donations from any private entity to be expended for direct or indirect costs associated with the duties of the task force.


            The Director of Research of the Legislative Council, the Director of the Office of Legislative Legal Services, and the executive directors of the departments represented on the task force would supply staff assistance to the Legislative Review Committee as deemed appropriate.



State Expenditures


            The bill specifies that the Director of Research of the Legislative Council and the Director of the Office of Legislative Legal Services, and the executive directors of the departments represented on the task force shall provide staff assistance to the Legislative Review Committee, as deemed appropriate. It is assumed that staff assistance provided by the Departments of Revenue, Local Affairs, and Education, and the Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) would be provided within existing resources.


            The Legislative Council Staff and the Office of Legislative Legal Services would require additional staff resources in FY 1999-00 and FY 2000-01 to provide support to the Legislative Review Committee. Table 1 identifies the requirements:


Table 1 Legislative Council Staff and OLLS Estimated Expenditures


 

FY 1999-00

FY 2000-01

Legislative Council Personal Services - 2.5 FTE

   1.0 FTE Economist I (85/1)

   1.0 FTE Economist II (91/1) 

   0.5 FTE Staff Asst. (80/1)

       (includes PERA & Medicare)

        Subtotal


$34,993

40,504

15,533


$91,030


$34,993

40,504

15,533


$91,030

Operating Expenses

5,000

5,000

Capital Outlay - Furniture

4,000

0

Capital Outlay - Computers (with basic software)

   Econometric & GIS software

10,000

12,225


3,000

Legislative Member Per Diem and Expenses

5,364

5,364

     Legislative Council Staff Subtotal (3.0 FTE)

$127,619

$104,394

0.5 FTE OLLS Staff Attorney (85/4)

$20,252

$20,252

TOTAL COSTS (3.0 FTE)

$147,871

$124,646



Expenditures Not Shown


            Pursuant to the Joint Budget Committee’s budget policies, the following expenditures have not been included in this fiscal note:

 

               health and life insurance costs;

               short-term disability costs;

               inflationary cost factors;

               leased space; and

               indirect costs.



Local Government Impact


            Local governments, including counties, municipalities, special districts, and school districts, would be represented on the Fiscal Policies Study Task Force.



Spending Authority


            The fiscal note implies that the Legislative Council would require a General Fund appropriation of $127,619 and 2.5 FTE in FY 1999-00 to implement the provisions of the bill. In addition, the Office of Legislative Legal Services would require a General Fund appropriation of $20,252 and 0.5 FTE in FY 1999-00.



Departments Contacted

 

Legislative Council Staff                    Office of Legislative Legal Services              Revenue

Education                                           Office of State Planning and Budgeting         Local Affairs


            It is anticipated that OSPB will provide the data requested as part of the study, but the amount of primary data analysis conducted by OSPB will be limited in scope. If the study demands on OSPB exceed the anticipated level, a supplemental appropriation for 1.0 FTE may be required.