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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Herrera
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/05/2006
HB 826
SHORT TITLE
Rural Regional Transit District
SB
ANALYST Moser
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$250
Non-Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 826, Rural Regional Transit District (RTD), appropriates two hundred and fifty thou-
sand dollars ($250,000) from the general fund to the New Mexico department of transportation
for the purpose of establishing a rural regional transit district in Luna, Hidalgo, and Grant coun-
ties in FY 2007.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) contained in this bill is a
non-recurring expense to the general fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining
at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert to the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
RTDs are governmental units. Under the Regional Transit District Act, an RTD must be certified
by the New Mexico Transportation Commission. State funding cannot be distributed until this
process is complete.
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73-25-18. Matching funds.
The local government members of a combination shall match at least one dollar
($1.00) for every four dollars ($4.00) provided by the state. Before a district is able
to receive state matching funds, it must be certified by the commission pursuant to
Section 4 [73-25-4 NMSA 1978] of the Regional Transit District Act.
The general premise behind an RTD, as stated in the RTD Act, is to raise regional funds to pro-
vide regional transportation. The statute also states that for every four state dollars, the local
match is one dollar:
NMDOT indicates that this appropriation would put these three rural counties on almost equal
footing with two urban area regional transit districts (North Central and Mid-Region) which have
received or are in the process of receiving $250,000 grants from the NMDOT (Road Fund).
These grants are for start up costs, including developing operational and financial plans. A third
$250,000 NMDOT start up grant is available; it will probably be awarded in the next few months
to the next certified RTD. These grants do not require a local match.
The NMDOT indicates that to be equal with the NMDOT RTD grants, the bill sponsor may want
to address the local match issue.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation will accelerate development of an RTD in the southwest region of the state.
NMDOT staff time will be needed to develop a contract for the funds and to process invoices
and reports. One or more NMDOT staff will need to attend all RTD open meetings.
TECHNICAL ISSUES
RTDs are governmental units. Under the Regional Transit District Act, an RTD must be certified
by the New Mexico Transportation Commission (see citation above). State funding cannot be
distributed until this process is complete. The NMDOT Planning Bureau and Transit-Rail Bureau
staff provides technical assistance to regional transit districts.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
NMDOT points out that the municipalities and counties that are forming this regional transit dis-
trict will need to identify other sources of funding for start up costs. In order for the transit ser-
vices in this region to achieve better coordination and the economies of scale from improved ef-
ficiency, additional sources of funding will need to be obtained.
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