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Program A: Sabine River Authority

Program Authorization: R.S. 38:509(o), 801; 38:2321-2337

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$4,996,587

61

 

ACT 1430 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$70,600

0

 

Funding provided for equipment to monitor water levels in the Toledo Bend Reservoir

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$5,067,187

61

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($70,600)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for equipment to monitor water level in the Toledo Bend Reservoir

$0

($68,765)

0

 

Non-Recurring Adjustment for Cypress Bend Golf course wage employees removed from the system July 1

$0

($180,000)

0

 

Non-Recurring Adjustment for Cooperative Agreement with Sabine Parish Police Jury for the reconstruction of Wright's Landing Rd.

$0

$232,428

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$34,312

0

 

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

$0

$36,958

0

 

1998-'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

($141)

0

 

Adjustment(s) for Civil Service, Training and Other Statewide Interagency Transfer Activities

$0

$27,446

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$5,078,825

61

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$11,638

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

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

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$51,350

 

Provide initial study for Lakewide Sewerage System

$7,468

 

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.

$20,000

 

Legal counsel to Board of Commissioners, Sabine River Authority

$27,845

 

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

$6,162

 

Security at parks on holidays and weekends, graduation, prom nights and peak seasons

$7,600

 

Consultant to provide information regarding the public affairs counsel and pertinent legislation

$28,419

 

Three year contract for annual audit

 

 

 

$148,844

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

$102,700

 

Economic Development incentive program for training of tourist information consultants and maintenance personnel as well as participation in various sport and travel shows

$77,025

 

Florida bass stocking program

$150,000

 

Water royalty payments

$257,252

 

Clearing and Marking Boat lanes Program implemented by the Sabine River Authority's Board to clear stumps out of the Reservoir

$4,041

 

Department of Civil Service - personnel services

$426

 

Division of Administration - Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP)

$50,000

 

Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Transportation and Development, to perform certain support services

$150,000

 

American Liberty Hospital

 

 

 

$791,444

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$43,000

Automotive - Replace vehicles

$5,000

 

Software for computer

$63,460

 

Heavy Equipment - farm and heavy movable equipment

$10,000

 

Office Equipment

$13,000

 

Boats

$10,000

 

Communications

$51,245

 

Other

$676,180

 

Major Repairs for Buildings, Grounds, General Plant and Boats

 

 

 

$871,885

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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