LD 268 LR 918(03)
An Act To Eliminate Online Burn Permit Fees for All Areas of the State
Fiscal Note for Bill as Engrossed with:
C "A" (S-37)
Committee: Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Fiscal Note
FY 2021-22 FY 2022-23 Projections  FY 2023-24 Projections  FY 2024-25
Net Cost (Savings)
General Fund $39,554 $52,739 $52,739 $52,739
General Fund $7,200 $9,600 $9,600 $9,600
General Fund ($32,354) ($43,139) ($43,139) ($43,139)
Fiscal Detail and Notes
This bill eliminates the $7 fee the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) charges for electronically issued burn permits via its online permit system. Currently, $4 is deposited into the General Fund, $2 is transferred to the municipality where the permit was issued and $1 goes to InforME for the administrative cost of the online permit system. In unorganized areas, $6 of the fee is deposited into the General Fund and $1 is for the administrative costs of InforME. Elimination of the fee reduces annual General Fund revenue by $32,354 in fiscal year 2021-22 and $43,139 in fiscal year 2022-23, reduces revenue to municipalities by approximately $20,000 a year and reduces revenue available to pay InforME by $9,600. The bill includes ongoing General Fund appropriations to ACF of $7,200 in fiscal year 2021-22 and $9,600 in fiscal year 2022-23 to continue to pay InforME for burn permits issued through the state online system.  Municipalities may incur additional costs if a vendor or owner of a private party burn permit software system charges for use of its software.