HB 492-FN-LOCAL - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 492-FN-LOCAL
SPONSORS: Rep. Bushway, Rock. 21; Rep. Edgar, Rock. 21; Rep. Loughman, Rock. 21
COMMITTEE: Public Works and Highways
This bill permits a municipality that incurs costs associated with operating and maintaining a state facility to increase the rate for state parking meters to defray such costs.
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nineteen
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
31:103-b Rates for State Parking Meters.
I. In this section, “state location” means a state park, state historic site, natural area, state campground, or other location established by the state.
II. A municipality where the division of parks and recreation collects fees for parking at a state location may increase the parking rate established by the state in order to provide increased revenue to the town to defray the costs of fire and emergency services, policing, and other essential services provided by the municipality within the state location for the benefit of the visitors to the state location. The additional fee, not to exceed $0.25 per hour, on established parking fees shall be retained by the local municipality, and shall be in addition to revenues currently provided to the municipality by the state.
III. The governing body may choose to impose a fee less than the maximum of $0.25 per hour. The purpose for the additional fees retained by the municipality shall be determined by the municipality and are subject to approval by the state.
HB 492-FN-LOCAL- FISCAL NOTE
FISCAL IMPACT: [ X ] State [ ] County [ X ] Local [ ] None
Estimated Increase / (Decrease)
[ ] General [ ] Education [ ] Highway [ X ] Other - Hampton Meter Fund (RSA 216:3) and State Park Fund (RSA 216-A:3-i)
This bill allows municipalities to add an additional fee of up to $0.25 per hour on established parking fees at state parks, historic sites, natural areas, campgrounds and other locations. Such fees will be retained by the municipalities and are subject to State approval. The fees may be used to defray the costs of fire and emergency services, policing, and other essential services provided by the municipality within the State location and for the benefit of visitors to that location.
The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) indicates the legislation applies to the hourly metered parking rates charged by the Division of Parks and Recreation at division-owned facilities. DNCR estimates $269,400 in revenue loss to the State Park Fund that could not otherwise be collected by the division and gained by municipalities based on the following data from 2018:
The Division of Parks and Recreation states the cost to administer the program is indeterminable.
Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
|Jan. 3, 2019||Introduced 01/03/2019 and referred to Public Works and Highways HJ 3 P. 17|
|Jan. 23, 2019||Public Hearing: 01/23/2019 10:00 am LOB 201|
|Feb. 13, 2019||Executive Session: 02/13/2019 10:30 am LOB 201|
|Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 16-4; RC)|
|March 7, 2019||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/07/2019 (Vote 16-4; RC) HC 14 P. 17|
|March 7, 2019||Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/07/2019 HJ 8 P. 59|
|Jan. 23, 2019||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 13, 2019||House||Exec Session|
|March 7, 2019||House||Floor Vote|