Enacts the "Niagara parks reinvestment act"; requires fifty percent of parking revenue generated at state parks in the county of Niagara to be deposited in the Niagara parks reinvestment fund; establishes the Niagara parks reinvestment fund.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and the state finance law, in relation to enacting the "Niagara parks reinvestment act"
PURPOSE: This legislation would create the "Niagara Parks Reinvestment Act" which would constitute 50% of the vehicle use fees collected at any state park located wholly or partially in Niagara County, such revenue would be reinvested into capital improvements in state parks located in Niagara County.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 titles this as the "Niagara Parks Reinvestment Act" Section 2 requires fifty percent of the vehicle use fees generated at any state park located wholly or partially in Niagara County be deposited in the Niagara parks reinvestment fund. Further, this act requires an annual report on the amount of revenue generated, as well as a summary of projects being funded, and the amount such project being funded at. Such report shall be sent to the governor, the chair of the Senate and Assembly Tourism Committees, and any Senator or Assembly member who Niagara County. Section 3 creates the Niagara parks reinvestment fund which consists of fifty percent of the balance of total revenue from vehicle use fees generated at any State Park located wholly or partially in Niagara County. This section further states that money appropriated shall be used only to finance capital improvements in state parks located in Niagara County and/or to create a transportation system linking the state parks with other tourist attractions located in Niagara County. Section 4 is the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION: Niagara County is home to some of New York's most amazing state parks, including Niagara Reservation State Park which holds the distinction as the First state park in the nation, established in 1885. In addition to being the honeymoon capital, Niagara Reservation State Park also holds the distinction as the most visited state park in New York State. Its magnificent waterfalls, the rapids of the Niagara River, and other natural riches are known worldwide and attract more visitors than Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. We welcome the millions of tourists to Niagara County each year because of our fascination and attachment to this wonderful place, but those millions also take a toll on the infrastructure of these great state parks.
Yet, rather than the fees generated by these parks being even partially dedicated to maintaining these park's facilities, they are put into the state's general fund, and these State Parks must battle for a share of funds for capital improvements and maintenance.
Dedicating 50% of the parking fees collected at these parks will produce a steady and somewhat predictable funding stream to allow capital improvements and maintenance of these state parks in Niagara County.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2534 of 2009/2010; Referred to Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Unknown.
EFFECTIVE DATE: April 1 next succeeding the date on which it shall become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 179 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________Introduced by Sen. MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation AN ACT to amend the parks, recreation and historic preservation law and the state finance law, in relation to enacting the "Niagara parks reinvestment act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Niagara parks reinvestment act". S 2. Section 3.09 of the parks, recreation and historic preservation law is amended by adding a new subdivision 2-h to read as follows: 2-H. BE EMPOWERED TO REQUIRE FIFTY PERCENT OF VEHICLE USE FEE GENER- ATED FROM ANY STATE PARK WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA TO BE DEPOSITED IN THE NIAGARA PARKS REINVESTMENT FUND ESTAB- LISHED IN SECTION NINETY-TWO-GG OF THE STATE FINANCE LAW. THE OFFICE SHALL PREPARE AN ANNUAL REPORT ON THE AMOUNT OF VEHICLE USE FEES COLLECTED AT ANY STATE PARK WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA. SUCH REPORT SHALL CONTAIN A DETAILED SUMMARY OF PROJECTS BEING FUNDED AND THE AMOUNT EACH PROJECT IS BEING FUNDED FOR. SUCH REPORT SHALL BE DISSEMINATED TO THE GOVERNOR, THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SENATE TOURISM, RECREATION AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE, THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE ASSEMBLY TOURISM, ARTS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE AND TO ANY MEMBER OF THE STATE SENATE OR ASSEMBLY REPRESENTING A PORTION OF THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA. S 3. The state finance law is amended by adding a new section 92-gg to read as follows: S 92-GG. NIAGARA PARKS REINVESTMENT FUND. 1. THERE IS HEREBY ESTAB- LISHED IN THE JOINT CUSTODY OF THE COMPTROLLER AND THE COMMISSIONER OFEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01596-01-1 S. 179 2
TAXATION AND FINANCE A SPECIAL FUND TO BE KNOWN AS THE "NIAGARA PARKS REINVESTMENT FUND". 2. SUCH FUND SHALL CONSIST OF FIFTY PERCENT OF THE BALANCE OF THE VEHICLE USE FEE GENERATED FROM ANY STATE PARK WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA AS AUTHORIZED PURSUANT TO SUBDIVISION TWO-H OF SECTION 3.09 OF THE PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION LAW. 3. THE MONEYS APPROPRIATED OR TRANSFERRED TO THIS FUND SHALL BE DISBURSED TO FINANCE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS IN STATE PARKS WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA AND/OR TO CREATE A TRANSPOR- TATION SYSTEM LINKING THE STATE PARKS WITH OTHER TOURIST ATTRACTIONS WHOLLY OR PARTIALLY LOCATED IN THE COUNTY OF NIAGARA. 4. ALL PAYMENTS FROM THIS FUND SHALL BE MADE ON THE AUDIT AND WARRANT OF THE COMPTROLLER ON VOUCHERS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF THE NIAGARA FRONTIER STATE PARK, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION. S 4. This act shall take effect on the first of April next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.