Austin, Texas
                                   FISCAL NOTE
                               75th Regular Session
                                  February 28, 1997
      TO: Honorable Kenneth Armbrister, Chair            IN RE:  Senate Bill No. 509
          Committee on State Affairs                              By: Madla
          Austin, Texas
         FROM:  John Keel, Director    
In response to your request for a Fiscal Note on SB509 ( Relating 
to an administrative fee under an election services contract.) 
this office has detemined the following:
         Biennial Net Impact to General Revenue Funds by SB509-As Introduced
Implementing the provisions of the bill would result in a net 
negative impact of $(175,000) 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 amend the Election Code to allow the fee charged 
by a county election officer for general supervision of a election 
to increase to ten percent of the total amount of the contract, 
from the current limit of five percent.
The Secretary of State estimates that the cost of administrative 
fees for primary election contracts will be $175,000 in 1998, 
 $220,000 in 2000, and  $244,000 in 2002. These estimates reflect 
the projected increase in registered voters in Texas and the 
resulting increase in primary election costs. The bill would 
double these fees.
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           Probable Revenue   
            Savings/(Cost)     Gain/(Loss) from                                                           
            from General       Counties                                                                   
            Revenue Fund                                                                                  
            0001               LCL-COUNTY                                                                  
       1998        ($175,000)          $175,000                                                      
       2000         (220,000)           220,000                                                      
       2002         (244,000)           244,000                                                      
         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           ($175,000)
               1999                    0
               2000            (220,000)
               2001                    0
               2002            (244,000)
The bill would result in a revenue gain to some counties.
   Source:            Agencies:   307   Secretary of State
                      LBB Staff:   JK ,JD ,JC