Presenter: Mary Fields

Commission Agenda Item No. 8
Action
FY 2007 Operating and Capital Budget
TPWD Budget and Investment Policy Resolutions
August 2006

I. Executive Summary: The Commission is considering the approval of the FY 2007 Operating and Capital Budget, as well as the Budget and Investment Policy Resolutions.

II. Discussion: Request for Approval of the Proposed FY 07 Operating and Capital Budget and the Budget and Investment Policy Resolutions: The seventy-ninth Legislature appropriated $197.7 million to the Department for fiscal year 2007. Additional appropriation authority is available based on other specific rider authority. Revenue earnings were analyzed to ensure that dedicated funds are spent for statutorily authorized purposes.

The proposed operating and capital budget for FY 2007 is $295,046,521 of which $242,629,936 is for operating (including $12,627,030 for grants) and $52,416,585 is for capital budget, (including $48,952,828 for construction and land acquisition capital projects.) The full-time equivalent (FTE) employee cap for the Department is 2,901.

Through the budget policy the commission authorizes the Executive Director to approve and execute, or have executed on his behalf, necessary expenditures, budget adjustments and transfers. Budget adjustments, excluding federal grants and bonds, which exceed $250,000 require prior approval of the Chairman of the Commission and the Chairman of the Finance Committee. The Investment Policy must be reviewed annually by the Commission as required by statute. All Parks and Wildlife funds, with a few exceptions, are required to be deposited in the State Treasury. The policy also includes requirements for bank accounts, training and other reporting requirements.

III. Recommendation: Staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"The Executive Director is authorized to expend funds to operate the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in accordance with the Proposed FY 2007 Operating and Capital Budget (Exhibits A & B). The Commission also approves the Budget Policy (Exhibit C), and the Investment Policy (Exhibit D)."

Attachments – 4

  1. Exhibit A – FY 2007 Agency Budget by Strategy
  2. Exhibit B – FY 2007 Operating and Capital Budget by Division and Object of Expense
  3. Exhibit C – Budget Policy
  4. Exhibit D – Investment Policy

Commission Agenda Item No. 8
Exhibit A

FY 2007 Agency Budget by Strategy

Strategy FY 2007
A.1.1. Wildlife Conservation $ 20,764,533
A.1.2. Technical Guidance 560,796
A.1.3. Hunting and Wildlife Recreation 1,392,212
A.2.1. Inland Fisheries Management 10,905,305
A.2.2. Inland Hatcheries Operations 3,809,878
A.2.3. Coastal Fisheries Management 13,764,334
A.2.4. Coastal Hatcheries Operations 2,312,052
A.2.5. Artificial Reef Program 472,656
B.1.1. State Park Operations 48,063,597
B.1.2. Parks Minor Repair Program 1,691,335
B.1.3. Parks Support 6,583,126
B.2.1. Local Park Grants 6,602,146
B.2.2. Boating Access and Other Grants 6,988,655
C.1.1. Enforcement Programs 39,730,836
C.1.2. Warden Training Academy 1,369,259
C.1.3. Law Enforcement Support 1,708,185
C.2.1. Hunter and Boater Education 1,905,751
C.2.2. TP&W Magazine 2,768,232
C.2.3. Communication Products & Services 3,065,781
C.2.4. Urban Outreach 1,210,619
C.3.1. License Issuance 7,758,432
C.3.2. Boat Registration and Titling 1,613,675
D.1.1. Improvements and Major Repairs 47,573,145
D.1.2. Land Acquisition 1,709,534
D.1.3. Infrastructure Administration 3,819,427
D.1.4. Debt Service 6,535,366
E.1.1. Central Administration 7,012,755
E.1.2. Information Resources 6,802,526
E.1.3. Other Support Services 3,734,799
Estimated Benefits 32,817,574
Total $ 295,046,521
Method of Finance
General Revenue 54,800,276
GR Ded - Game Fish and Water Safety Account 009 107,230,926
GR Ded - State Parks Account 064 34,390,438
GR Ded - Other 725,810
Federal Funds 55,245,953
Other Funds 42,653,117
Total Method of Finance $ 295,046,521

Commission Agenda Item No. 8
Exhibit B

FY 2007 Operating and Capital Budget by Division and Object of Expense

Division Salaries and Other Operating Grants Debt Service Capital Budget Benefits Grand Total Full-time Employees (FTEs)
Administrative Resources 5,099,698 1,152,859       1,348,873 7,601,430 126.0
Coastal Fisheries 8,253,664 8,168,378     124,000 2,183,093 18,729,135 197.1
Communications 4,065,178 4,965,009 111,933   46,800 993,930 10,182,850 89.3
Departmentwide 8,464,607   6,535,366 3,029,331   18,029,304 -
Executive Administrative 1,588,988 324,869       340,838 2,254,695 23.0
Human Resources 1,348,859 255,041       312,677 1,916,577 27.5
Information Technology 4,966,974 1,452,342     889,553 1,164,755 8,473,624 89.5
Infrastructure 4,130,780 1,137,021     15,000 1,053,353 6,336,154 127.0
Inland Fisheries 10,011,645 4,601,538     102,000 2,447,842 17,163,025 223.5
Law Enforcement 31,974,896 8,612,699     1,923,393 8,722,158 51,233,146 635.4
Legal 738,045 71,571       150,930 960,546 11.5
Local Parks 886,364 281,341 12,417,096     261,477 13,846,278 17.0
State Parks 34,399,618 21,260,829     186,079 10,130,687 65,977,213 1,068.7
Wildlife 14,014,974 8,422,179 98,001   168,432 3,706,960 26,410,546 320.6
Estimated Land Acq UB         1,390,683   1,390,683  
Estimated Construction UB         44,541,314   44,541,314  
Grand Totals 121,479,682 69,170,284 12,627,030 6,535,366 52,416,585 32,817,574 295,046,521 2,956.1

Commission Agenda Item No. 8
Exhibit C

Budget Policy

It is the policy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to authorize the Executive Director to approve and execute or have executed on his behalf, expenditures, budget adjustments and transfers as follows:

  1. Adjust the budget to bring unexpended balances forward from prior year approved budgets.
  2. Adjust the budget for transfers between budgetary units, major expense categories, or line items.
  3. Adjust the budget to increase funds to allow payment of appraisal fees, witness fees, and investigation expenses on land acquisition and construction projects.
  4. Approve and/or execute contracts and interagency agreements necessary in the daily operation of the Department. Revenues derived from interagency agreements may be budgeted and expended.
  5. Adjust the budget for appropriated revenues, such as sale of equipment, donations, concessions, escrow, refunds, insurance proceeds, and publications revenue, so long as the expenditures are in agreement with the stated program goals and there will be sufficient cash during the fiscal year.
  6. Approve and/or execute construction, repair, or renovation budgets, contracts, interagency agreements, and change orders if necessary to complete a project as approved by the Commission. Adjust the budget from one Department facility major repair or development project to another or from available revenue to cover increased project costs or changes in scope.
  7. Allocate super combo license revenue to the related stamp funds according to the documented methodology and authorize the related transfers of revenue to appropriate accounts.
  8. Adjust the budget to cover the costs of lawsuits or settlements if deemed to be in the best interest of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
  9. Adjust the budget to place a Department facility into reasonable operation when its condition poses a health or safety hazard or seriously hampers its ability to function.
  10. Authorize classification changes anytime during a budgetary year, providing that such changes have been thoroughly justified and funds are available.
  11. Increase the number of positions when new facilities are placed into operation and/or new programs are implemented, staying within the authorized FTE limit.
  12. Adjust the budget to make capital expenditures for construction projects funded in part with proceeds of bonds issued by the Texas Public Finance Authority.
  13. Approve and/or execute the reimbursement of construction project costs with the proceeds of tax-exempt bonds issued by the Texas Public Finance Authority, pursuant to federal Internal Revenue Code guidelines.

The Chairman of the Commission and Chairman of the Finance Committee are authorized to increase, decrease or otherwise adjust the budget during the fiscal year based on revenue and expenditure information and document those actions as noted below. Any budget adjustments that exceed a threshold of $250,000, excluding federal and bond funds, require the prior approval of the Chairman of the Commission and Chairman of the Finance Committee through such means as a conference call or memo.

This policy shall rescind any existing policy on budget adjustments and transfers.

Approved this the 24th day of August 2006.

  • Joseph B. C. Fitzsimons, Chairman
  • Donato D. Ramos, Vice-Chairman
  • Mark E. Bivins, Member
  • J. Robert Brown, Member
  • T. Dan Friedkin, Member
  • Ned S. Holmes, Member
  • Peter M. Holt, Member
  • Philip Montgomery III, Member
  • John D. Parker, Member
The State of Texas
County of Travis

I, the undersigned Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a true, full, and correct copy of a resolution adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission of the State of Texas on the 24th day of August 2006.

Executed under my hand and seal of said Commission on this the 24th day of August 2006.

Robert L. Cook
Executive Director
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Commission Agenda Item No. 8
Exhibit D

Investment Policy

All funds administered by Texas Parks and Wildlife (TP&W) are required by law to be deposited in the treasury and invested by the Comptroller with the exception of the Operation Game Thief Fund, the Texas Park Development Fund, the Varner-Hogg State Park Trust Account, and the Lifetime License Endowment Account. Although not required, these funds, with the exception of the Operation Game Thief Fund, are also deposited in the treasury and invested by the Comptroller. TP&W will review the benefit of this arrangement and determine the feasibility of other investment opportunities.

Approved this the 24th day of August 2006.

  • Joseph B. C. Fitzsimons, Chairman
  • Donato D. Ramos, Vice-Chairman
  • Mark E. Bivins, Member
  • J. Robert Brown, Member
  • T. Dan Friedkin, Member
  • Ned S. Holmes, Member
  • Peter M. Holt, Member
  • Philip Montgomery III, Member
  • John D. Parker, Member
The State of Texas
County of Travis

I, the undersigned Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, do hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a true, full, and correct copy of a resolution adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission of the State of Texas on the 24th day of August 2006.

Executed under my hand and seal of said Commission on this the 24th day of August 2006.

Robert L. Cook
Executive Director
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


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