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Program B: Public Administrators

Program Authorization: R.S. 9:1581

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Public Administrators Program in the Office of Revenue is to administer efficiently the estates of persons who die with no surviving spouse or heir present or represented in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes in a manner that will generate the highest degree of public confidence in the programís integrity and fairness.

The goal of the Public Administrators Program in the Office of Revenue is to ensure that all intestate or vacant successions are administered efficiently and effectively.

Public administrators are appointed by the governor in parishes with populations over 100,000 to administer the estates of persons dying with no surviving spouse or heir present or represented in the state. The duties of public administrators are: (1) to bury the decedent; (2) marshal and account for the decedent's assets; (3) pay the decedent's debts and outstanding taxes due; (4) and conduct a search for potential heirs. At the conclusion of the estate's administration, the public administrator holds the funds for one year awaiting claims by potential heirs. After this period, the succession's assets are transferred to the state treasurer. Potential heirs have ten years in which to assert their rights to the succession. The public administrator also asserts the state's interest in estates that escheat to the state as vacant successions where no heirs exist. The statutory 2.5% administrator's fee is requested from the court in all cases handled by the public administrator. This ensures that the public administrator is treated the same as private administrators and that the state realizes recompense for the office, even in cases where heirs finally claim the estate.

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

The source of funding is State General Fund direct.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$44,147

$44,147

2

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$44,147

$44,147

2

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - November 20, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

$44,147

$44,147

2

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$0

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100% of the existing operating budget. It represents 96.8% of the total request (45,622) for this program.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

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

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.


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