Austin, Texas
                                   FISCAL NOTE
                               75th Regular Session
                                  May 30, 1997
      TO: Honorable Bob Bullock            Honorable James E. "Pete" Laney
          Lieutenant Governor                Speaker of the House
          Austin, Texas
         FROM:  John Keel, Director    
In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on SB20 ( Relating 
to the creation, reorganization, and operation of certain district 
courts.) this office has detemined the following:
         Biennial Net Impact to General Revenue Funds by SB20-Conference Committee Report
Implementing the provisions of the bill would result in a net 
negative impact of $(1,333,472) to General Revenue Related Funds 
through the biennium ending August 31, 1999.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal 
basis for an appropriation of funds to implement the provisions 
of the bill.

The bill would create the following 15 new district 
courts: the 395th Judicial District in Fort Bend County and 
the 396th Judicial District in Tarrant County effective September 
1, 1997.  The bill would create the 379th and 393rd Judicial 
District in Bexar County, the 397th Judicial District in Harris 
County, the 398th Judicial District in Galveston County, the 
399th Judicial District in Travis County, the 400th Judicial 
District in Nueces County, the 401st Judicial District in Tom 
Green County, the 402nd Judicial District in Webb County, the 
403rd Judicial District in Fort Bend County, and the 404th Judicial 
District in Cameron County, the 405th Judicial District in Smith 
County, and the 406th and 407th Judicial Districts in Bexar 
County, effective January 1, 1999.  The bill would remove Culberson 
and Hudspeth Counties from the 205th Judicial District and transfer 
the cases from those counties to the 394th Judicial District. 
 The bill would add Terrell and Val Verde Counties to the 83rd 
judicial district.  The bill would also direct the district 
attorney for the 63rd district to act as district attorney for 
the 83rd judicial district.
Fiscal Analysis
The state would incur the liability for judges' salaries and 
benefits for two additional district court judges beginning 
with fiscal year 1998 and would incur liability for 13 more 
district judges beginning in January of 1999.
Salary and benefits for state district judges is $105,270 annually. 
 In fiscal year 1998, fiscal liability of the state would increase 
by $210,540.  In January of 1999 state liability would increase 
by $912,392  to $1,122,932 as the 13 additional Judicial Districts 
were created.  Additional annual costs to the state effective 
in fiscal year 2000 would be $1,579,050.
The probable fiscal implications of implementing the provisions 
of the bill during each of the first five years following passage 
is estimated as follows:
Five Year Impact:
Fiscal Year Probable           Change in Number   
            Savings/(Cost)     of State                                                                   
            from General       Employees from                                                             
            Revenue Fund       FY 1997                                                                    
       1998        ($210,540)               2.0                                                      
       1998       (1,122,932)              15.0                                                      
       2000       (1,579,050)              15.0                                                      
       2001       (1,579,050)              15.0                                                      
       2002       (1,579,050)              15.0                                                      
         Net Impact on General Revenue Related Funds:

              Fiscal Year      Probable Net Postive/(Negative)
                               General Revenue Related Funds
               1998           ($210,540)
               1999          (1,122,932)
               2000          (1,579,050)
               2001          (1,579,050)
               2002          (1,579,050)
Similar annual fiscal implications would continue as long as 
the provisions of the bill are in effect.
Bexar County would have operating costs of $179,200 per court 
annually with a one time capital cost of $51,373 per court for 
a total cost in fiscal year 1999 of $922,292.  In 2000 and thereafter 
Bexar County officials anticipate operating costs for the four 
new courts would be $716,800.  

Harris County officials anticipate 
the cost to the county would be $1,344,663 in fiscal year 1999 
and $1,792,880 thereafter.

Tarrant County officials expect 
an operating cost of $1.9 million annually, beginning in fiscal 
year 1998.  

Travis County officials expect annual operating 
expenses of $360,290, with a one time capital cost of $47,680. 
 Total costs to Travis County are expected to be $317,896 in 
fiscal year 1999 and $360,290 thereafter.  

Tom Green County 
officials anticipate a capital expense of $3,000 in fiscal year 
1999 and, beginning in fiscal year 2000, annual operating costs 
of between $45,000 and $65,000.  

Fort Bend County officials 
expect a total cost of $354,115 in fiscal year 1998 increasing 
to $608,230 annually in fiscal year 1999, with the addition 
of the second court.  

Webb County officials expect the cost 
to the county would be $532,736 in fiscal year 1999.  Annual 
operating costs to the county after fiscal year 1999 are expected 
to be approximately $243,651.  

Galveston County officials 
anticipate the county would incur costs of $350,000 in fiscal 
year 1999, with annual operating costs of $300,000.  

County officials expect that the fiscal year 1999 costs would 
be $135,000 with annual operating expenses thereafter at $180,000.

County officials expect the cost would be $415,311 in fiscal 
year 1999, with annual operating expenses of $353,753 thereafter.

County officials anticipate initial costs in fiscal year 1999 
of $615,000, with annual operating expenses of $465,000.
   Source:            Agencies:   
                      LBB Staff:   JK ,PE ,DC