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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Rodela
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/25/06
HB 322
SHORT TITLE
COMMUNITY LAND GRANT COMPREHENSIVE
PLANNING
SB
ANALYST Hadwiger
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$300.0
Non-Rec
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Duplicates SB146
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
Department of Indian Affairs (DIA)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 322 appropriates $300 thousand from the general fund to the Department of Finance
and Administration (DFA) to provide technical assistance to community land grants for compre-
hensive planning, including economic development, housing, land use, infrastructure and grant
administration and training to operate as political subdivisions of the state. These funds would
be allocated as follows: $200 thousand to the North Central New Mexico Economic Develop-
ment District and $100 thousand to the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $300 thousand contained in this bill is a non-recurring expense to the gen-
eral fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 would revert
to the general fund.
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House Bill 322 Page 2
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
DFA indicated that, with the 2003 law giving certain land grants local government status, the
Legislature through its Interim Land Grant Committee recognized the need to follow up with
technical assistance to help land grants with planning, administrative and management skills
building. The funding request follows an appropriation by the 2005 legislature of $200,000
through the Energy Mineral and Natural Resources Department for the same purpose. That fund-
ing enabled the contract planners to conduct planning for nine land grants, however, there are
another fourteen land grants in need of planning assistance. DFA noted that the two councils of
governments to whom the funds are directed in this bill have the bulk of the 23 land grants
within their region and are very familiar with the needs of each land grant.
DIA provided the following background on the two agencies that would be recipients of these
appropriations:
The North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NCNMEDD) is an association,
formed by state statute, of local units of government and other organizations created to encour-
age and allow regional cooperation on a multitude of issues,. It was created originally to serve
the eight counties of Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe,
and Taos. The NCNMEDD focuses on improving the quality of life of member communities.
The NCNMEDD is governed by a 35-member Board of Directors consisting of local elected of-
ficials, economic development committee representatives, members at large, and representatives
of Indian Tribes.
The Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments (NWNMCOG) is a voluntary association
of local governments, serving as the regional planning organization for the northwest corner of
New Mexico, also known as State Planning and Development District I. The Northwest New
Mexico Planning District (NCNMEDD) spans over 15,000 square miles of highland plateau
country and encompasses a population of nearly 200,000, about one-half of whom are members
of one of four sovereign Native American nations: the Navajo Nation; the Pueblo of Zuni; the
Pueblo of Acoma; and the Pueblo of Laguna. Most of the region's land base is comprised of pub-
lic lands (including federal Indian reservations), and approximately one-half of the region's
population lives in non-municipal rural communities. Representatives of Indian Tribes serve on
the board, including members from the Crownpoint Navajo Chapter.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
DFA indicated that, because DFA already contracts with each of these planning agencies to pro-
vide administrative and planning services for their member local governments, it would be easy
to amend these contracts to include deliverables associated with land grant planning and techni-
cal assistance in this bill.
CONFLICT, DUPLICATION, COMPANIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP
Duplicates SB146.
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