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|Councilmember Carol Schwartz
Councilmember Jack Evans
Chairman Linda Cropp
A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Councilmember Carol Schwartz introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on Finance and Revenue
To provide incentives for District of Columbia government agencies that collect fees and fines to become more efficient in these functions, by requiring that a limited amount of surplus funds collected by an agency over the revenues projected to be collected in that year's appropriated budget be returned to that agency's budget for its operations by deposit in a newly created Fee Collection Incentive Fund.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the "Fee Collection Incentive Act of 2001 ".
Sec. 2. Definitions.
For the purposes of this act, the term:
(1) "Agency" means any District agency involved in the collection of fees or fines on behalf of the District.
(2) "Base year" means the fiscal year in which supplementary revenue is collected by an agency.
(3) "Credit" means the return of a certain percentage of supplementary revenue collected by an agency to the operating budget of that agency.
(4) "Dispersal year" means the second fiscal year after the base year, in which a percentage of the supplementary revenue collected by an agency is dispersed to that agency after first being deposited in the Fee Collection Incentive Fund.
(5) "District" means the District of Columbia government.
(6) "Supplementary revenue" means all monies, from whatever source derived, which in fact exceed an agency's revenue estimates from fees and fines as those estimates were projected for the current fiscal year appropriations budget.
Sec. 3. Establishment of the Fee Collection Incentive Fund.
(a) There is established a "Fee Collection Incentive Fund" ("Fund") to be operated by the Chief Financial Officer of the District.
(b) The monies in the Fund shall not be a part of, nor lapse into, the General Fund of the District, except as provided in section 5 of this act.
(c) As of October 1, 2001, 5 percent of all supplementary revenue collected by a District agency over the revenue amount projected in that agency's base year appropriated budget shall be earmarked for credit to the agency and transferred to the Fund on an annual basis at the beginning of the dispersal year.
Sec. 4. Return of supplementary revenue.
(a) The Mayor shall credit to an agency 5 percent of all supplemental revenue collected by the agency over its estimated revenue projection for use in the agency's base year appropriations operations budget, provided, however, that such supplemental revenue shall not be used by the agency for employee bonuses, and any expenditure of funds shall directly enhance the agency's efficiency.
(b) Such a credit shall be made to the Fee Collection Incentive Fund.
Sec. 5. Transfer of excess cash.
If, at the end of the dispersal year, the balance of monies in the Fee Collection Incentive Fund exceeds the amount required by the agency or is otherwise unexpended by the agency, the excess funds shall be transferred, in cash, to the General Fund of the District.
Sec. 6. Fiscal impact.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code § 1233(c)(3)).
Sec. 5. Effective date.
This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), approval by the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority as provided in section 203(a) of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, approved April 17, 1995 (109 Stat. 116; D.C. Code § 47-392.3(a)), and a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code § 1-233(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.
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