Program Authorization: R.S. 33:4862.12
The Video Draw Poker - Local Government program provides, pursuant to legislative appropriation, that twenty-five percent of the funds in the Video Draw Poker Device Fund shall be distributed to the local governing authorities of the parishes or municipalities in which the video draw poker devices are operated. The distribution is based upon the proportion of total amount of fees, fines, and penalties each parish or municipality contributes to the statewide total and is to be used for enforcement of the statute and offenses relating to gaming. The twenty-five percent distribution is reduced by the salary increases to district attorneys and assistant district attorneys authorized by statute in 1992--up to a cap of $5,400,000 from the local government portion of the video draw poker proceeds.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
The source of funding is statutory dedication - Video Draw Poker Device Fund. Louisiana Revised Statute 33:4862.12 created the Video Draw Poker Device Fund and provides for its uses. Of the revenue deposited to this fund, twenty-five percent (25%) is distributed to the local governing authorities of the municipalities and parishes in which the video draw poker devices are operated. This twenty-five percent distribution is reduced by the salary increases authorized in the 1992 Regular Session to the District Attorneys and Assistant District Attorneys program (Schedule number 20-906). This reduction is capped at five million four hundred thousand dollars ($5,400,000), with the balance distributed through the Video Draw Poker - Local Government program to local government. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each statutory dedicated fund.)
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 104.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 103.9% of the total request ($41,000,000) for this program. The total request was preliminary subject to the Louisiana Revenue Estimating Conference (R.E.C.) setting the official Fiscal Year 1999 projection for this statutory dedication to local government. The official projection was approved at the R.E.C.'s meeting of February 18,1998 at the recommended level.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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