Title 32: Taxation and Finance
Chapter 7: THE PUBLIC MONEYS
32 V.S.A. § 605. Consolidated executive branch annual fee report and request
§ 605. Consolidated executive branch annual fee report and request
(a) The governor shall, no later than the third Tuesday of every annual legislative session, submit a consolidated executive branch fee report and request to the general assembly, which shall accompany the governor's annual budget report and request submitted to the general assembly as required by section 306 of this title, except that the first fee report shall be submitted by October 1, 1996 to the house ways and means committee, the senate finance committee, and the house and senate government operations committees. The first fee request shall be submitted during the 1997 session as provided herein above. The content of each annual report and request for fees concerning state agency public records maintained pursuant to 1 V.S.A. chapter 5, subchapter 3 shall be prepared by the secretary of state, who shall base all recommended fee amounts on "actual cost".
(b) Fee reports shall be made as follows:
(1) A report covering all fees in existence on the prior July 1 within the areas of government identified by the department of finance and management accounting system as "general government," "labor," "general education," "development and community affairs" and "transportation" shall be submitted by the third Tuesday of the legislative session beginning in 2011 and every three years thereafter.
(2) A report covering all fees in existence on the prior July 1 within the "human services" and "natural resources" areas of government shall be submitted by the third Tuesday of the legislative session of 2012 and every three years thereafter.
(3) A report covering all fees in existence on the prior July 1 within the "protection to persons and property" area of government shall be submitted by the third Tuesday of the legislative session of 2013 and every three years thereafter.
(c) A fee report shall contain for each fee in existence on the preceding July 1:
(1) Its statutory authorization and termination date if any.
(2) Its current rate or amount and the date this was last set or adjusted by the general assembly or by the joint fiscal committee.
(3) The fund into which its revenues are deposited.
(4) The revenues derived from it in each of the two previous fiscal years.
(5) Whether the governor recommends the fee be altered, reauthorized or terminated.
(d) A fee request shall contain any proposal to:
(1) Create a new fee, or change, reauthorize or terminate an existing fee, which shall include a description of the services or product provided, or the regulatory function performed.
(2) Set a new or adjust an existing fee rate or amount. Each new or adjusted fee rate shall be accompanied by information justifying the rate, which may include:
(A) The relationship between the revenue to be raised by the fee or change in the fee and the cost or change in the cost of the service, product, or regulatory function supported by the fee, with costs construed pursuant to subdivision 603(2) of this title.
(B) The inflationary pressures that have arisen since the fee was last set.
(C) The effect on budgetary adequacy if the fee is not increased.
(D) The existence of comparable fees in other jurisdictions.
(E) Policies that might affect the acceptance or the viability of the fee amount.
(F) Other considerations.
(3) Designate, or redesignate, the fund into which revenue from a fee is to be deposited.
(e) For the purpose of the review and reports a "fee" shall mean any source of state revenue classified by the department of finance and management accounting system as "fees," "business licenses," "nonbusiness licenses" and "fines and penalties." In addition, the department of finance and management shall identify any of the other state revenue sources which function in fact as a "fee," and reclassify them as fees.
(f) Each fee report submitted in accordance with subdivision (b)(1), (2), or (3) of this section shall also include a report of every surcharge, assessment, add-on, fee, tax, or other type of charge imposed or administered by any state agency, the receipts of which are not deposited into the general fund, the transportation fund or the education fund, regardless of whether the charge falls within the definition of "fee" in section 602 of this subchapter. A report under this subsection shall include for each charge all of the information described in subsections (c) and (d) of this section. (Added 1995, No. 186 (Adj. Sess.), § 31, eff. May 22, 1996; amended 1997, No. 59, §§ 3a, 4, eff. June 30, 1997; 2005, No. 202 (Adj. Sess.), § 23b; 2007, No. 153 (Adj. Sess.), § 22; No. 174 (Adj. Sess.), § 29; 2009, No. 134 (Adj. Sess.), § 34.)