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Program C: Welcome Centers

Program Authorization: R.S. 36:4; 36:301; 51:1252; Act 624 of 1993

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of Louisiana's Welcome Centers, located along major highways entering the state and in two of the largest cities in Louisiana, is to provide information to visitors about area attractions. It is the goal of the program to provide a safe and friendly environment for visitors to learn more about Louisiana attractions. There is only one activity in this program: Welcome Centers.

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 Fees and Self-generated Revenues which are derived from the Louisiana Tourism Promotion District. Act 1038 of the 1990 Regular Session of the Legislature created the Louisiana Tourism Promotion District which receives 3/100 of 1 cent of the sales and use tax. These proceeds are then transferred to the Office of Tourism for out-of-state advertising, and promoting tourism in Louisiana.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

$0

$1,860,312

42

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$65,031

0

 

Carry Forward for 2 purchase orders - $35,000 for labor, materials, tools and equipment for landscaping the Greenwood Welcome Center and $30,031 for uniforms for the employees in all 10 welcome centers

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,925,343

42

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$17,133

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 - 2000

$0

$138,879

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($142,262)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($65,031)

0

 

Nonrecurring Carry Forwards for 2 purchase orders - $35,000 for labor, materials, tools and equipment for landscaping the Greenwood Welcome Center and $30,031 for uniforms for the employees in all 10 welcome centers

$0

($17,272)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

$0

($18,319)

0

 

Salary Funding from Other Line Items

$0

$50,000

0

 

Other Adjustments transfer of coffee services expenses from Marketing Program

$0

$0

3

 

Other Adjustments - transfer of existing funds in wages to salaries and related benefits in order to make three full time wage employees as part of the authorized number of positions for this program. The three positions are custodians.

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,888,471

45

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($36,872)

3

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 98.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 95.7% of the total request ($1,972,241) for this program. The 1.9% decrease is primarily due to a reduction in acquisitions and major repairs, nonrecurring funds for two purchase orders which could not be delivered piror to June 30, 1998, an attrition adjustment, a salary adjustment from other line items, and the transfer of the coffee service from the Marketing program. This program does not have any positions which have been vacant for one (1) year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have any funding for Other Charges in Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

$200,000

 

To provide security night-time services for 4 welcome centers

 $50,000

 

Coffee service 

     

$250,000

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$18,731

 

Replace one vehicle and welcome center furniture, i.e., desk chair, sofa, coffee table, end table, photocopier, floor mat/runner, file cabinet, lamps, etc.

$48,062

 

New equipment, i.e., easel with holder, sofa table, folding stacking chairs, bookcase, file cabinets, coat rack, umbrella stand, paintings/prints for lobby, and 3 to 5 kiosks

$2,000

 

I-20 Eastbound Welcome Center, Greenwood exterior painting and touch up of porch and breezeway

$6,000

 

New Orleans Welcome Center replace central air conditioning unit

$19,000

 

I-10 Eastbound Welcome Center, Winton repair and replace restroom partitions; repair septic system and replace plumbing components; exterior and interior painting and repairs to columns, porch, doors and shutters due to vandalism and weather conditions; seal exterior of welcome center and comfort station; add electrical receptacle (ground fault) and insulation to comfort station; and replace and repair laminate and formica in coffee service area and kitchen

$12,100

 

I-55 Welcome Center, Kentwood landscaping; storage rental (during renovation 6 months); and replacements of drapes in reception area

$600

 

U.S. 61 Welcome Center, St. Francisville pressure washing and painting picket fences on grounds

$14,067

 

I-59 Welcome Center, Pearl River Storage rental (during renovation 6 months) and unanticipated repairs through the year and repairs associated with renovations but which funds are not included in Capital Outlay

     

$120,560

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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