28102041 - Department of Conservation and Recreation Retained Revenue

Account Description FY2013
Spending
FY2014
GAA
2810-2041 Department of Conservation and Recreation Retained Revenue
For the department of conservation and recreation, which may expend not more than $14,141,673 from revenue collected by the department including, but not limited to, revenues collected from: (a) campsite reservation transactions from the automated campground reservation and registration program; (b) fees, permits, leases, rentals, concessions and all other contracts; (c) telecommunications system user fees and other charges established by the commissioner of conservation and recreation and as received from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the highway division in the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the department of state police and quasi-public and private entities; (d) skating rink fees and rentals; (e) Ponkapoag golf course fees and rentals; (f) Leo J. Martin golf course fees and rentals; and (g) activities authorized under section 34B of chapter 92 of the General Laws; provided, that the department shall retain and deposit 80 per cent of the aforementioned fees; provided further, that if the department of conservation and recreation projects that total revenues from the fees identified in this item will exceed $17,677,091 the department shall notify the secretary of administration and finance and the house and senate committees on ways and means; provided further, that funds in this item shall be expended for the following purposes: (i) the operation and expenses of the department; (ii) expenses, upkeep and improvements to the parks and recreation system; (iii) the operation and maintenance of the department's telecommunications system; (iv) the operation and maintenance of the department's skating rinks at an amount not less than $1,000,000; (v) the operation and maintenance of the Ponkapoag golf course at an amount not less than $1,098,011; and (vi) the operation and maintenance of the Leo J. Martin golf course at an amount not less than $824,790; provided further, that nothing in this item shall impair or diminish the rights of access and utilization of all current users of the telecommunications system under agreements previously entered into; provided further, that this item may be reimbursed by political subdivisions of the commonwealth and private entities for direct and indirect costs expended by the department to maintain the telecommunications system; provided further, that when assigning time for the use of its skating rinks, the department shall give first priority to general public skating and then to an entity which qualifies under applicable state and federal law as a nonprofit organization or as a public school; provided further, that the division may issue grants to public and nonpublic entities from this item; provided further, that for the purpose of accommodating timing discrepancies between the receipt of revenues and related expenditures, the department may incur expenses and the comptroller may certify for payment amounts not to exceed the lower of this authorization or the most recent revenue estimate as reported in the state accounting system; provided further, that no expenditures made in advance of the receipts shall be permitted to exceed 75 per cent of the amount of revenues projected by the first quarterly statement required by section 1B; provided further, that the comptroller shall notify the house and senate committees on ways and means at the time subsequent quarterly statements are published of the variance between actual and projected receipts in each such quarter and the implications of that variance for expenditures made; provided further, that the department shall continue to review the revenue collection process to maximize revenue generation under current laws and regulations; provided further, that the department shall develop a plan to provide free or reduced admission to veterans at facilities under its control; provided further, that upon creation of the plan, the department shall report to the house and senate committees on ways and means on the plan including, but not limited to, any cost implications of the plan and its long-term effect on the department's ability to support the operations of its facilities; provided further, that the plan shall be submitted not later than June 30, 2014; and provided further, that the department shall not implement the plan prior to legislative action
11,599,384 14,141,673