The Board is preparing a report to address the following directive of the Legislature: The campaign finance and public disclosure board, in consultation with lobbyists, political committees, political funds, principal campaign committees, and party units, shall develop an equitable schedule of fees to be imposed on them to recover the costs incurred by the board in regulating them. The board must submit the recommended fee schedule to the legislature by January 15, 2004. (Laws of 2003, 1st Special Session, Ch.1, Art. 2, Sec. 134).

 

The Board is inviting comments from lobbyists, political committees, political funds, principal campaign committees, and party units concerning the following internal guidelines and assumptions that the study team plans to use in preparing the study report.  Please note that the guidelines are a Working Draft in progress and are subject to change. Address all comments to Jeanne Olson: e-mail Jeanne.Olson@state.mn.us, or fax 651/296-1722, or U.S. Mail to the Board's address referenced on this Website.  Please provide comments by Friday, September 12, 2003.

 

Guidelines

1.      The Board's report will present a limited number of fee schedule options consistent with the legislative directive.

2.      In developing a fee schedule, consideration will be given to fee schedule options and ideas presented to committees during the last legislative session, options and ideas presented in writing by the entities that the Board is directed to be “in consultation with," and the practices and policies of other states.

3.      A fee schedule will promote simplicity for the Board's clients and for staff administration of the fees.

4.      Every entity (of the types listed in the study directive) that comes under the Board's statutory purview and is the subject of any level of activity by staff will pay a fee.

5.      Options will include a fee schedule that recovers the Board's full budget – less the amount not allocable to the entities listed in the study directive (see item 10) – and may include one or more options that recover less than the Board's full budget as so modified.

6.      Indirect cost allocations will be based on the usual practices for state government.

7.      Because the Board's work varies based on multi-year election and reporting cycles, the period for comparative analysis will be the state biennium. The FY02-03 biennium will be used for historical information; the FY05-06 fiscal years will be used to project activities and budget as the basis for costs and fee schedule. Personnel-related costs attributable to each entity type for FY05-06 will be estimated based on activities and costs during the FY02-03 biennium, adjusted for changes that can be estimated from available information.

8.      One-time or unusual costs (such as for information systems, etc.) will be projected if information is available, or determined on the basis of historical information.

9.      Within each type of entity, the basis for higher or lower fees for groupings of individual entities (if variation within entity type is deemed appropriate) may be based on differences in workload indicators (estimated) attributable to them, differences in direct and/or indirect costs attributable to them, another recognized basis for difference (as an example, levels of their expenditures), or a combination of factors.

10. A portion of the costs of the gift ban program will be included in calculations to the extent that the costs relate to entities named in the statutory directive. However, the following Board costs will not be included in calculations of a fee schedule, based on language of the statutory directive: costs related to regulation of public officials, local officials in metropolitan governmental units, and the individuals who file forms for Public Employees Retirement Association, Minnesota Technology Inc., and State Board of Investment.