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Program E: Office of Agro-Consumer Services

Program Authorization: R.S. 376:628(D)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Office of Agro-Consumer Services Program is to regulate weights and measures; license weighmasters, scale companies and technicians; license and inspect bonded farm warehouses and milk processing plants; and license grain dealers, warehouses and cotton buyers. The goal of the Agro-Consumer Services Program is to provide regulatory services to ensure consumer protection for Louisiana producers and consumers. Towards this end, the Agro-Consumer Services Program: (1) regulates the measuring, sampling, testing and transportation of dairy products and audits all processors, distributors and retailers of dairy products; (2) licenses, inspects and audits all grain dealers, warehouses and cotton buyers in the state; (3) certifies and inspects all commercially used weights, measures and weighing and measuring devices, including product scanners and motor fuel pumps; (4) licenses scale companies and technicians; (5) provides price stability in the marketplace and assures an environment for fair and equal competitiveness as provided under Dairy Stabilization Board rules and regulations; (6) maintains the official state standards of mass, length and volume, which are traceable to the National Institute of Standards & Technology; (7) maintains a more current pricing of milk in the market place as prices respond to fluctuations at farm level; and (8) provides grain inspection to protect the grain elevator industry and grain producers. The activities of this program are: Administrative, Weights and Measures Agricultural Commodities, and Dairy Stabilization Board.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with State General Fund, Fees and Self-generated Revenues, Statutory Dedications and Federal Funds. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from the following: (1) inspection fees for weights and measures scales; (2) funds collected from assessments on sales of milk and dairy products; (3) reimbursement to the department from the Dairy Industry Promotion Board for collection of revenue; (4) industry reimbursed salary costs of poultry graders assigned to plants; (5) fees collected from poultry plants for grading services; and (6) fees generated from inspection of fruits and vegetables. Statutory Dedications are derived from the Petroleum Products Fund (previously located in DOTD). (Per R. S. 39:32B(8), see table below for a listing of each statutory dedicated fund.) Federal Funds are received from: (1) commodity credit for reimbursement of audit expenses; and (2) USDA reimbursement for sampling commodities.

 

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$934,067

$4,625,236

84

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$934,067

$4,625,236

84

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$55,782

$55,782

0

Annualization of FY 1998 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$68,942

$68,942

0

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 2000

$70,227

$276,800

0

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($16,020)

($365,618)

0

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

($66,681)

($66,681)

0

Attrition Adjustment

($50,982)

($50,982)

0

 

Salary Funding from Other Line Items

$0

($150,000)

0

Other Adjustments Requested reductions in anticipated Fees and Self Generated Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

$995,335

$4,393,479

84

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$61,268

($231,757)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 95.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 88.0% of the total request ($4,994,632) for this program. The decrease is primarily due to adjustments for acquisitions and anticipated receipts of Fees and Self-generated Revenues.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$136,329

 

Legal services for attorneys to represent the department in all legal proceedings relating to weights and measures violations

 

 

 

$136,329

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

 

 

 

OTHER CHARGES

$15,582

 

Motor Fuel Testing

     

$15,582

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

     

 

Interagency Transfers:

$12,290

 

Department of Civil Service

$3,031

 

Department of Treasury

 

 

 

$15,321

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIR

$256,800

 

Replacement of 4 pick-up trucks and 3 tractor trailers with high mileage

$20,000

 

Replacement of broken/obsolete office furniture

 

 

 

$276,800

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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