Austin, Texas

                           FISCAL NOTE
                       74th Regular Session

                          April 19, 1995

 TO:     Honorable Bill Ratliff                 IN RE: Committee Substitute
         Committee on Education                 for
         Senate                                              House Bill No.
         Austin, Texas                          815

FROM: John Keel, Director

In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on House Bill No.
815 (Relating to certain fees charged by certain public
institutions of higher education) this office has determined the

The bill would authorize the Board of Regents of The University
of Texas System to charge students enrolled at The University of
Texas at Dallas a recreational facility fee to finance,
construct, equip, operate, maintain, or improve student
recreational facilities or programs.  The fee could not be levied
without approval by a majority vote of the students voting in a
general student election called for this purpose.  The fee could
not be more than $40 for each student for a regular semester and
not more than $26.67 for each 8-week summer session.  Prior to
Fall 1998 the fee could not exceed $25 and $16.67 respectively.  

It is estimated that the recreational facility fee would generate
approximately $518,100 in institutional funds beginning in 1996,
and increasing to $906,000 in 1999 when the fee would be
authorized to increase.  Estimated debt service on the
recreational facility would be $710,000 each year beginning in
1997.  It is estimated that the facility would begin operations
in 1999 with operating expenses of approximately $236,000 during
the first year of operation.  These fees are auxiliary in nature
and do not affect the state supported educational and general
operations of the university.    

No fiscal implication to units of local government is 

Source:   The University of Texas System, Higher Education
Coordinating Board
          LBB Staff: JK, LS, WRR