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Program A: Parks and Recreation

Program Authorization: R.S. 36:201; 36:1681

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Outdoor recreational opportunities are a major component of a high quality of life for the residents of any state. Compared to other states, Louisiana ranks poorly in the availability of state parks and commemorative areas. Nevertheless, Louisiana has a park system with significant resources. The mission of this program is to provide outdoor recreational opportunities by planning and operating the state's system of parks and by optimizing the use of federal pass-through funds to provide assistance and improvements to local facilities. The Parks and Recreation Program goal is to provide the highest quality recreation and tourism opportunities through the preservation, development and interpretation of the historic, cultural and natural resources of Louisiana. The three activities in this program are: Administration, Field Operations/Regional Offices, and Outdoor Recreation.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Parks and Recreation Program will ensure that the number of visitors served by the state park system increases at least 2.25%.

2. The Parks and Recreation Program will complete an inventory of the natural, cultural, and historic resources of each developed site in the state parks system by FY 2002. This will allow for the development of resource management plans and interpretive prospectuses for the sites.

3. During FY 1998-1999, the Parks and Recreation Program will add 73 new interpretive programs offered at its various sites for the education and entertainment of visitors. This represents a 20% increase over the previous year.

4. In FY 1998-99, the Parks and Recreation Program will ensure that local entities which received Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grants to develop recreational facilities continue to honor the requirements of those grants.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with General Fund, Fees and Self-generated Revenues and Federal Funds. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from admissions to Bayou Segnette Wave Pool and funds collected at the gift shops at various state parks and commemorative areas. The Federal Funds are from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and provide funding for the Division of Outdoor Recreation.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

$11,057,349

$11,957,847

260

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$87,686

$87,686

0

 

Carryforward for two (2) backhoe loaders, forty-eight (48) full size bedspreads and ninety (90) twin size bedspreads

 

 

 

 

 

$11,145,035

$12,045,533

260

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($87,686)

($87,686)

0

 

Nonrecurring carryforward for two (2) backhoe loaders, forty-eight (48) full size bedspreads and ninety (90) twin size bedspreads

$102,269

$102,269

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Nonrecurring: -$678,540; Replacement/New: +$780,809)

$157,576

$157,576

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$112,526

$112,526

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$128,717

$128,717

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($35,178)

($35,178)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$2,439

$2,439

0

 

Adjustment(s) for Civil Service, Training and Other State-wide Interagency Transfer Activities

($21,750)

($21,750)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund Salaries

$616,883)

$616,883)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$874

$874

0

 

UPS Fees

$103,412

$103,412

0

 

Annualization of 5 new positions for Tickfaw State Park (4 months funding provided in FY 1997-'98)

$170,000

$170,000

4

 

Lake Claiborne State Parks for employees to hand the additional 10 new cabins (6 months funding)

$170,000

$170,000

4

 

Cypremort Point State Parks for employees to hand the additional 10 new cabins (6 months funding)

$500,000

$500,000

10

 

Tickfaw State Park for the full-time operation of this new park scheduled to open December, 1998

$150,000

$150,000

4

 

Winter Quarters State Commemorative Area for full-time operation of this SCA beginning July, 1998

$400,000

$400,000

8

 

Plaquemine Locks State Commemorative Area for full-time operation of this SCA beginning July, 1998

$125,000

$125,000

3

 

South Toledo Bend State Park for security while construction is underway for this new facility (6 months funding)

$125,000

$125,000

3

 

Palmetto Island State Park for security while construction is underway for this new facility (6 months funding)

$61,500

$61,500

0

 

Law Enforcement training and certification for the above new employees

$1,039,695

$1,039,695

17

 

State Parks Reservation System

 

 

 

 

 

$13,732,546

$14,633,044

313

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$2,587,511

$2,587,511

53

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

 

 

 

 

 

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 121.5% of the existing operating budget. It represents 92.6% of the total request ($15,806,894) for this program. The 21.5% increase is due to providing funding for continuation of implementation of the Governor's Four Year Plan for improving Louisiana's State Parks. This program doe not have any positions that have been vacant for one (1) year or more.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$900

 

Review all appraisal reports for acquisitions valued at more than $25,000 as required by the National Park Service. Provides 6 reviews at $150 each.

$40,000

 

Water testing services at all state park areas according to the Department of Environmental Quality's requirements and the Department of Natural Resources

$240,000

 

Telemarketing Service

 

 

 

$280,900

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$510,000

 

Aid to local Government for acquisitions and development of outdoor recreation areas (Federal Funds)

$147,000

 

Cooperative Endeavor Agreement for the operational cost of Kent House - $76,000; Camp Moore - $20,000; Clinton - $1,000; Town of Grand Isle - $50,000

$40,000

 

Division of Outdoor Recreation's self-generated revenue from the National Park Service for indirect costs associated with processing grant applications

$300,000

 

Promotion - Funding will include advertising and promotional needs such as public service announcements, audiovisual presentations for group meetings, media use and other informational requirements, newspaper and magazine advertisements, billboards, books, and a documentary film for public broadcast distribution

$64,869

 

Training - Continuing training program in law enforcement, safety and other related fields for State Park personnel.

$69,000

 

Interpretive Programs Events at Sate Parks and Commemorative Areas: Audubon, Centenary, Fountainbleu, Fort Jesup, Ft. St. Jean Baptiste, Fort Pike, Port Hudson, Marksville, Mansfield, Longfellow-Evangeline, Poverty Point, Rebel, Chicot Sate Park, Los Adaes, Winterquaters, La. State Arboretum, Interpretive Service.

 

 

 

 

 

$1,130,869

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

 

 

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$5,956

 

Division of Administration - Uniform Payroll System (UPS)

$1,432

 

Division of Administration - Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) for training services

$250

 

Division of Administration - State Mail Operations

$16,322

 

Department of Civil Service for personnel services

 

 

 

$23,960

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$668,809

 

Replacement equipment - i.e., front end mowers, utility vehicles, pickup trucks, picnic tables, tractors, mower deck, photocopier, ATV, Backhoe/Tractor, various office furniture, upright picnic grills, mechanical gate, air compressor, table saw, electrical tools, hand pump, chain saw, cutting torch, cash register, pressure washer, sump pump, portable hydraulic lift, welding rigs, washer/dryer, stump grinder, log splitter, front end loader, etc.

$116,000

 

New Equipment - 2 utility vehicles, 1 pickup truck, 1 one ton truck, 1 communication equipment and 1 tractor/backhoe for Tickfaw State Park; 5 ozone generators, 2 vacuum cleaners, 1 steam carpet cleaner, 1 power nailer, 1 power pruner, 1 chipper/shredder, 1 miscellaneous hand tool, 1 mechanics tool set with cabinet at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park.

$971,745

 

New equipment as follows: $57,440 for 10 new cabins at Lake Claiborne State Park; $57,440 for 10 new cabins at Cypremort Point State Park; $247,618 at Tickfaw State Park (scheduled to open December, 1998); $66,972 for Winter Quarters State Commemorative Area; $206,482 for Plaquemine Locks State Commemorative Area; $84,956 for South Toledo Bend State Park (for security personnel while construction is on-going); $84,959 for Palmetto Island State Park (for security personnel while construction is on-going); and $165,881 for the new reservation system.

 

 

 

$1,756,554

 

TOTAL ACQUISTIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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