LD 1719 LR 736(02)
An Act To Improve Geographic Information System Data Acquisition and Maintenance
Fiscal Note for Bill as Amended by Committee Amendment " "
Committee: Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Fiscal Note Required: Yes
Fiscal Note
FY 2019-20 FY 2020-21 Projections  FY 2021-22 Projections  FY 2022-23
Net Cost (Savings)
General Fund $478,715 $557,147 $569,054 $581,557
General Fund $478,715 $557,147 $569,054 $581,557
Federal Expenditures Fund $500 $500 $500 $500
Other Special Revenue Funds $500 $500 $500 $500
Fiscal Detail and Notes
The bill moves the Maine Library of Geographic Information (the Geolibrary) from the Department of Administrative and Financial Services (DAFS) to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF). DAFS has indicated it does not have any positions dedicated solely to the Geolibrary, and no positions are transferred from DAFS in the bill. The bill reduces funding to DAFS on an ongoing basis beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 by $200,000 for funding currently used on data acquisition for the Geolibrary that will no longer be needed.
The bill establishes the Maine Library of Geographic Information Board (MLGIB) in the ACF to administer the Geolibrary. This bill adds a Geolibrarian and a GIS information officer to staff the Maine Library of Geographic Information to collect, preserve and disseminate data, to manage funds and to direct the Geolibrary's activities. The bill includes General Fund appropriations of $177,215 in fiscal year 2019-20 and $255,647 in fiscal year 2020-21 to fund the new positions and associated costs. The bill also includes ongoing appropriations of $500,000 beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 for data acquisition and $1,500 for other expenses. The bill also establishes Other Special Revenue Funds and Federal Expenditures Fund base allocations of $500 to allow expenditure of any matching funding received.