Program Authorization: R.S. 38:509(o), 801; 38:2321-2337
The mission of the Sabine River Authority Program is to provide for economic utilization and preservation of the waters of the Sabine River and its tributaries by promoting economic development, irrigation, navigation, improved water supply, drainage, public recreation, and hydroelectric power for the citizens of Louisiana. The Sabine River is an important economic and recreational asset of Louisiana.
The goal of the Sabine River Authority Program is to ensure high quality and abundant water supply for municipal, industrial, agricultural, and recreational uses for the citizens of Louisiana.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, The Sabine River Authority will generate sufficient funds to service revenue bonds and provide funds for other program services.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Sabine River Authority will provide fresh water for industrial, municipal and agricultural purposes in Southwest Louisiana through the Sabine River Diversion Canal System. This will reduce the use of ground water and maintain the annual average hydrostatic head level of the Chicot 500 foot sand aquifer at no more than 110 feet below land surface and the Chicot 700 foot sand at no more than 100 feet.
1 As measured at U.S. Geological Survey monitoring well numbered Cu-851.
2 As measured at U.S. Geological Survey monitoring well numbered Cu-789.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Sabine River Authority will increase visitation by 10% over the previous year at its nine recreation areas.
1 Data collected at three sites only. This is a surrogate indicator for visitation at all sites.
2 Beginning in FY 1997-1998, the Cypress Bend golf facility was leased to a private concern. This reduced both revenues and expenditures.
4. In FY 1998-99, the Sabine River Authority will improve the economic well-being of west central Louisiana. The Authority will specifically impact the economy to increase tourism as measured by maintaining hotel-motel occupancy tax collections at $30,000.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with Fees and Self-Generated revenues from hydroelectric power sales, and water sales, rental fees for recreational camp sites, permits for work along the shoreline of Toledo Bend Reservoir, and Cypress Bend Golf Course.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.2% of the existing operating budget. It represents 92.4% of the total request ($5,493,604) for this program. The increase is primarily due to the following: Equipment/Major Repairs adjustment, merit pay adjustments and Risk Management adjustments. This office did not have positions vacant for 1 year or more
Various fees and permits - Clerk of Court - contract filing, lease and buy back of property along shoreline/Dept. of Revenue and Taxation-sales tax certification etc./Office of ABC-liquor licenses, etc./U.S. Dept. of Treasury/Dept. of Environmental Quality-waste water treatment permit/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, etc.
Research and prepare grant applications, assists in developing a five year Master Plan Concept to promote economic development, tourism, and retiree relocation inducements in DeSoto, Sabine and Vernon Parishes
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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