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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Griego
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1-28-2006
HB
SHORT TITLE Additional Building Inspectors
SB 390
ANALYST Dearing
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$1,600.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Finance & Administration (DFA)
Construction Industries Division, Regulation and Licensing Department (CIDRLD)
General Services Department (GSD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 390 authorizes a initial appropriation to the Construction Industries Division (CID) of
the Department of Regulation and Licensing for the purposes of supplementing CIDís budget in
the amount of $1.6 million in order to hire an additional 11 building inspectors in fiscal years
2007 through 2009. Additionally, a portion of the monies will be used to increase salaries of ex-
isting inspectors in an effort to improve retention within this group. Any of the appropriation not
expended at the end of fiscal 2009 shall revert to the general fund.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $1.6 million contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2009 shall
revert to the general fund.
A one-time appropriation will enable CID to upgrade its inspections staff and supporting infra-
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structure so that it can adequately respond to the growth in construction, but it does not address
the ongoing costs of maintaining that requisite level of service. Therefore, this legislation would
enact recurring appropriations, however, the initial appropriation of funds provides monies
through fiscal year 2009, necessitating a reversion to current staff and/or salary levels at pro-
gramís end. Legislative Finance Committee supports an increase in FTE from fiscal year 2006
budgeted of 119 to 120 in fiscal year 2007, above an agency request of 3 FTE increase to 122.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
According to Construction Industries Division, Regulation and Licensing Dept;
This one-time appropriation, made in a time of prosperity, is a sound in-
vestment in a New Mexico industry that is at the forefront of economic de-
velopment in the State.
This appropriation will enable State building inspectors to be paid and re-
cruited at salaries that are comparable to salaries received by inspectors in
other State agencies.
By increasing the inspections staff, the individual inspectorsí areas will be
condensed. This is predicted to result in a reduction in overtime, mileage,
fleet maintenance, fuel and per diem costs, off setting at least to some de-
gree any increase in operating overhead associated with additional FTE.
Adequately funded inspections services will result in inestimable savings to
owners and contractors who are adversely affected by inspection delays.
Enhancement of the quantity and quality of inspections services could well
result in the industryís willingness to fund such enhancements though in-
creases in permit and licensing fees.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
Additional inspectors would improve the backlog of construction inspections currently found
within New Mexico. In-migration to New Mexico is currently up 12.6% over the last year.
CID does not have as many inspectors today as it had in 1995.
The Department of Labor recognizes construction to be the second fastest
growing industry in the State.
CIDís 2007 budget is expected to be flat to fiscal 2006, and CID is project-
ing a $200,000 shortfall for fiscal 2006.
This appropriation will enable CID to fully staff its inspections staff and
fund supporting processes so that it can maximize performance of its statu-
tory responsibility to ensure sound construction in New Mexico.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
According to the Department of Finance & Administration, this bill specifies that the appropria-
tion be used for the hiring of 11 inspectors and the agency feels this may affect them adversely.
The Construction Industries Division would like to use part of the appropriation for salary in-
creases for existing inspectors and have no restrictions on how many inspectors to hire.
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CONFLICT, DUPLICATION, COMPANIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP
This bill duplicates HB333 and is similar to SB397. Both appropriate $1.6 million to the Divi-
sion. SB397 contains a provision authorizing CID to enact rules regarding the certification of
inspectors.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
The construction industry is one of the largest growing industries within the state, and not offer-
ing timely inspections could slow economic growth.
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