Department of Fire Services (DFS) Administration Assessment
 

Statutory Cite: General Appropriations Act, Chapter 46 of the Acts of 2015 (line item 8324-0000)
http://www.malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2015/Chapter46c. 175, 195
MGL c. 175, 195
http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/175-195.htm

Anticipated Billing Date: January 2016

Purpose: The costs to be paid shall be for the following purposes: (1) the operation of state fire training facilities and curriculum for firefighting personnel; (2) implementing sections 26G1/2 and 34A to 34D, inclusive, of chapter 148, and chapter 304 of the acts of 2004; (3) student awareness of fire education programs; (4) the firefighting equipment grant program; and (5) capital improvements to state fire service facilities, including reimbursing the General Fund for debt service on bonds issued to pay for these capital improvements.

Basis: Sums for the estimated expenses for the purposes specified in subsection shall be paid to the commonwealth by insurance companies writing fire, homeowners multiple peril or commercial multiple peril policies on property situated in the commonwealth within 30 days after notice from the commissioner of such estimated expenses. The commissioner shall apportion such estimated charges among all such companies and shall assess them for the same on a fair and reasonable basis.
The line item language reads that “100 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item for the administration of the department of fire services, the state fire marshal’s office, critical incident stress programs, the Massachusetts and fire department training academies and the regional dispatch center, shall be assessed upon insurance companies writing fire, homeowners’ multiple peril or commercial multiple peril policies on property situated in the commonwealth and paid within 30 days after receipt of notice of such assessment from the commissioner of insurance; Additionally, Outside Section 67 of the FY2009 General Appropriations Act (GAA), amended the statutory provisions for the assessment.  Therefore, in FY2014, $18,226,125.33 is the estimated expense for this assessment area.

Additionally the line item language further reads that “provided further, that notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, 100 per cent of the amount appropriated in this item for hazardous materials emergency response shall be assessed upon insurance companies writing commercial multiple peril, non-liability portion, policies on property situated in the commonwealth and commercial auto liability policies as referenced in line 5.1 and line 19.4, respectively, in the most recent annual statement on file with the commissioner of insurance; ” Outside Section 67 of the FY2009 General Appropriations Act (GAA), amended the statutory provisions for the assessment. Therefore, in FY2014, $3,985,704.86 is the estimated expense for this assessment area.

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