Austin, Texas
                                   FISCAL NOTE
                               75th Regular Session
                                  April 17, 1997
      TO: Honorable Bill Ratliff, Chair            IN RE:  Senate Bill No. 20
          Committee on Finance                              By: Ratliff
          Austin, Texas
         FROM:  John Keel, Director    
In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on SB20 ( Relating 
to the creation of certain district courts.) this office has 
detemined the following:
         Biennial Net Impact to General Revenue Funds by SB20-As Introduced
Implementing the provisions of the bill would result in a net 
negative impact of $(2,526,480) 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.

Fiscal Analysis
The bill would create 12 new Judicial Districts:  the 379th, 
393rd, 395th, 396th and 397th Judicial Districts in Bexar County, 
the 398th Judicial District in Cameron County, the 399th Judicial 
District in El Paso County, the 400th Judicial District in Fort 
Bend County, the 401st Judicial District in Harris County and 
the 402nd, 403rd and 404th Judicial Districts in Travis County. 
 The bill would take effect September 1, 1997.

The bill would 
create 12 new district courts with state liability for salary 
and benefits for 12 judges.  Bexar, Cameron, El Paso, Fort Bend, 
Harris and Travis County would also have additional costs as 
the result of the creation of these new district courts.
Salary and benefits for each new district judge would be $105,270. 
 Twelve new district judges would be required.  The bill would 
result in additional costs to the state of $1,263,240 annually.
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      ($1,263,240)              12.0                                                      
       1998       (1,263,240)              12.0                                                      
       2000       (1,263,240)              12.0                                                      
       2001       (1,263,240)              12.0                                                      
       2002       (1,263,240)              12.0                                                      
         Net Impact on General Revenue Related Funds:
The probable fiscal implication to General Revenue related funds 
during each of the first five years is estimated as follows:
              Fiscal Year      Probable Net Postive/(Negative)
                               General Revenue Related Funds
               1998         ($1,263,240)
               1999          (1,263,240)
               2000          (1,263,240)
               2001          (1,263,240)
               2002          (1,263,240)
Similar annual fiscal implications would continue as long as 
the provisions of the bill are in effect.
Five new district courts would be created in Bexar County. 
 The fiscal year 1998 cost to Bexar County for the five new 
courts is expected to be $1,110,280, with annual operating costs 
of $853,415. 

 Cameron County officials anticipate the first 
year cost will be $503,753, with annual operating costs of $353,753. 

El Paso officials anticipate the new court will result 
in costs of $141,531 annually to the county.  

Fort Bend 
County officials expect first year cost to be approximately 
$708,229, and annual operating costs of $608,229.    

County officials expect annual operating costs of $1,132,330. 

Travis County officials expect that there will be a $1,223,910 
cost to the county in fiscal year 1998 for three new courts, 
and annual operating expenses of $1,080,870  thereafter.
   Source:            Agencies:   304   Comptroller of Public Accounts
                      LBB Staff:   JK ,RR ,DC