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1996 Session

Budget Bill - SB30 (Introduced)

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Item 419

Item 419

First Year - FY1997Second Year - FY1998
Leisure and Recreation Services (50400)$13,503,581$13,503,581
Preservation of Open-Space Lands (50401)FY1997 $56,117FY1998 $56,117
Recreation Assistance and Information (50402)FY1997 $736,857FY1998 $736,857
Recreation Facilities Maintenance and Operation (50404)FY1997 $11,982,419FY1998 $11,982,419
Recreation Services (50406)FY1997 $728,188FY1998 $728,188
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY1997 $10,351,369FY1998 $10,351,369
SpecialFY1997 $2,335,649FY1998 $2,335,649
Federal TrustFY1997 $816,563FY1998 $816,563

Authority: Title 10.1, Chapters 1, 2, 2.1, 3, 4, 4.1, and 17, Code of Virginia.


A.1. Out of the amounts for Recreation Assistance and Information shall be paid the Commonwealth's matching share of support for the operation and maintenance of Breaks Interstate Park, not to exceed $152,900 the first year and $152,900 the second year from the general fund.


2. The Breaks Interstate Parks Commission shall provide quarterly financial reports detailing all revenues and expenditures to the Director of Conservation and Recreation. The Commission shall also submit an annual audit of a fiscal and compliance nature of its accounts and transactions to the Auditor of Public Accounts.


B. The June 30, 1996, and June 30, 1997, unexpended balances in the subprogram Recreation Assistance and Information, for "Aid in Planning, Acquisition and Development of Regional and Local Parks" are hereby reappropriated.


C. General fund appropriations in the subprogram Recreation Assistance and Information for "Aid in Planning, Acquisition and Development of Regional and Local Parks" shall be paid to the Virginia Outdoor Recreation Grant and Revolving Loan Fund, created pursuant to Item 406, Chapter 893, Acts of Assembly of 1992, which shall be established on the books of the Comptroller as a non-reverting revolving fund. All grant funds shall be deposited to the Virginia Outdoor Recreation Grant and Revolving Loan Fund. All loan proceeds shall be deposited to the Virginia Outdoor Recreation Grant and Revolving Loan Fund, for the purpose of making additional loans.


D. Net revenues generated from forest product sales on public park, recreational, and conservation lands owned or managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation shall be deposited in the Conservation Resources Fund (§ 10.1-202, Code of Virginia). From the total revenues collected by the Department, the Department shall reimburse the Department of Forestry or other sources of forestry expertise for their expenses related to the management, harvesting, and reforestation of the Departmental lands.


E. The amounts for Recreation Facilities Maintenance and Operation include $150,000 the first year and $150,000 the second year from special fund revenues from park operations for a program of in-state travel advertising. Such travel advertising shall feature Virginia State Parks and the localities or regions in which the parks are located. To the extent possible the Department shall enter into cooperative advertising agreements with the Virginia Division of Tourism and local entities, to maximize the effectiveness of expenditures for advertising. The Department is further authorized to enter into a cooperative advertising agreement with the Virginia Association of Broadcasters.


F. The expenses for state-operated concessions shall be maintained in separate accounts and all revenue from both state and private concession operation shall be deposited by separate revenue codes to the Conservation Resources Fund.


G. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 10.1-202, Code of Virginia, amounts deposited to the Conservation Resources Fund may be used to extend the operating season of various state parks and to provide for an in-house reservation system for the state park system.