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State Parks and Recreation Commission

  Annual FTEs General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Estimated Expenditures 681.9 19,321 147,119 166,440
2019-21 Maintenance Level 686.9 19,325 141,311 160,636
Difference from 2017-19 5.0 4 (5,808) (5,804)
% Change from 2017-19 0.73% 0.02% (3.9%) (3.5%)

2019-21 Policy Other Changes

Equipment Replacement Costs 1.0 1,831 169 2,000
Improve Business Processes and Data 1.0 425 0 425
Maintain Critical Core Operations 0.0 10,000 0 10,000
Meet Customer Expectations 11.0 1,195 0 1,195
Modernize Parks Technology 1.1 761 0 761
Protect Natural Resources 1.8 1,262 0 1,262
Protect and Maintain State Parks 15.5 4,500 0 4,500
Support Orca Recovery Efforts 1.5 487 52 539
Park Road Maintenance 0.0 0 200 200
2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total 32.9 20,461 421 20,882

2019-21 Policy Comp Changes

State Public Employee Benefits Rate 0.0 3 9 12
WFSE General Government 0.0 781 3,124 3,905
State Rep Employee Benefits Rate 0.0 16 66 82
Non-Rep General Wage Increase 0.0 185 572 757
Non-Rep Premium Pay 0.0 2 8 10
Non-Rep Targeted Pay Increases 0.0 13 32 45
PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase 0.0 22 76 98
Non-Rep Salary Schedule Revision 0.0 15 49 64
Mandated Compensation Increases 3.6 77 231 308
2019-21 Policy Comp Changes Total 3.6 1,114 4,167 5,281

2019-21 Policy Transfers Changes

Orca Transit Pass Funding Transfer 0.0 (2) (72) (74)
Health Coalition FSA Fund Transfer 0.0 (20) (122) (142)
2019-21 Policy Transfers Changes Total 0.0 (22) (194) (216)

2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure 0.0 0 1 1
Archives/Records Management 0.0 0 3 3
Audit Services 0.0 0 4 4
Legal Services 0.0 0 46 46
CTS Central Services 0.0 0 (291) (291)
DES Central Services 0.0 0 29 29
OFM Central Services 0.0 0 570 570
2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes Total 0.0 0 362 362
Total Policy Changes 36.5 21,553 4,756 26,309
2019-21 Policy Level 723.4 40,878 146,067 186,945
Difference from 2017-19 41.5 21,557 (1,052) 20,505
% Change from 2017-19 6.1% 111.6% (0.7%) 12.3%

Policy Changes

Equipment Replacement Costs

One-time funding is provided for the commission to replace major equipment with an emphasis on fire response equipment and law enforcement vehicles that have over 15 years in useful life.

Improve Business Processes and Data

To improve business operations and marketing efforts, one-time funding is provided to create a stakeholder database, streamline the special permit process, and enhance geographic information system capabilities. This investment will improve commission decisions regarding customer services, operational efficiencies and issuance of permits.

Maintain Critical Core Operations

Ongoing funding is provided to preserve current service levels for core functions such as customer service, facility maintenance, and law enforcement.

Meet Customer Expectations

Visits to state parks have increased by three million visitors annually since 2014. To improve customer service and meet the growing demand of visitors, funding is provided to hire 11 additional park rangers and park aides with a focus on serving the recreating public.

Modernize Parks Technology

Ongoing funding is provided to install virtual private networks at 30 parks and high-speed internet at seven parks so parks staff can connect to the state government network. In addition, one-time funding is provided to conduct an infrastructure feasibility study to assess connectivity options for other parks. Investment will improve efficiency of business activities, ensure secured computing on the network, provide staff with access to statewide systems, and enhance customer service. Funding will address the State Auditor Office findings that the agency's information technology systems do not support efficient operations.

Protect Natural Resources

The commission manages 100,000 acres of forest land. Park property also includes priority habitats identified in the Natural Heritage Plan. Ongoing funding is provided to conduct forest health treatments on 500 acres of forestland each year, add stewardship staff capacity in the northwest region, and conduct vegetation surveys to identify rare and sensitive plants. One-time funding is also provided to replace a fire truck in the eastern region.

Protect and Maintain State Parks

The agency has developed metrics to identify routine and preventative maintenance needs at over 3,000 buildings and structures. The results of the analysis identified that the commission needs additional maintenance staff to manage projects and reduce the backlog list. Ongoing funding is provided to hire 15 construction and maintenance staff to address the backlog of preventative maintenance at state parks. Consequences of delaying critical maintenance include public safety hazards, dissatisfied customers, and deterioration of buildings and facilities. Investing additional staff capacity will ensure more projects are completed each biennium and reduce the costs of future repairs and capital replacements.

Support Orca Recovery Efforts

Ongoing funding is provided to the agency to implement recreational boater education on "go slow" guidelines around Southern Resident orcas and increase public education about Southern Resident orcas at Lime Kiln State Park on San Juan Island.

Park Road Maintenance

Additional funding is provided to maintain roads in state parks.

State Public Employee Benefits Rate

Health insurance funding is provided for state employees who are not represented by a union, who are covered by a bargaining agreement that is not subject to financial feasibility determination, or who are not part of the coalition of unions for health benefits. The insurance funding rate is $977 per employee per month for fiscal year 2020 and $978 per employee per month for fiscal year 2021.

WFSE General Government

Funding is provided for a collective bargaining agreement with the Washington Federation of State Employees - General Government. The agreement includes a general wage increase of 3 percent, effective July 1, 2019; a general wage increase of 3 percent, effective July 1, 2020; premium, shift, and other special pay changes, and increases in targeted job classifications. Employee insurance included in the agreement is displayed in a separate item.

State Rep Employee Benefits Rate

This provides health insurance funding as part of the master agreements for employees who bargain for health benefits as part of a coalition of unions. The insurance funding rate is $977 per employee per month for fiscal year 2020 and $978 per employee per month for fiscal year 2021.

Non-Rep General Wage Increase

Funding is provided for wage increases for state employees who are not represented by a union or who are covered by a bargaining agreement that is not subject to financial feasibility determination. It is sufficient for a general wage increase of 3 percent, effective July 1, 2019, and a general wage increase of 3 percent, effective July 1, 2020. This item includes both general government and higher education workers.

Non-Rep Premium Pay

Funding is provided for increases in premium pay for state employees who are not represented by a union or who are covered by a bargaining agreement that is not subject to financial feasibility determination. Funding is sufficient to support changes in shift differential, call back and standby pay, as well as a 5 percent increase for employees working in King County.

Non-Rep Targeted Pay Increases

Funding is provided for classified state employees who are not represented by a union for pay increases in specific job classes in alignment with other employees.

PERS & TRS Plan 1 Benefit Increase

For eligible Public Employees' and Teachers' Retirement Systems Plan 1 members, this item provides a one-time, ongoing increase of 3 percent, up to a maximum of $62.50 per month.

Non-Rep Salary Schedule Revision

This funds a revised salary schedule for non-represented employees in information technology jobs, in alignment with other state employees.

Mandated Compensation Increases

Due to changes in vacation leave accrual and use, ongoing funding is provided to the State Parks and Recreation Commission to backfill for seasonal employees that use their vacation leave during employment and to cash out vacation leave when the seasonal employment ends.

Orca Transit Pass Funding Transfer

This moves funding for employee transit passes from agencies to WSDOT, which administers the program. The transfer includes both funding added in 2019-21 for expanded access, as well as funding that was provided in the 2017-19 budget.

Health Coalition FSA Fund Transfer

This moves funding for negotiated medical flexible spending arrangements (FSA) from individual agency budgets. It will be provided to the Health Care Authority, which will administer the benefit.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's estimated portion of increased fee for service charges from the Department of Enterprise Services to expand electric vehicle infrastructure for the state Motor Pool fleet.

Archives/Records Management

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's allocated share of charges for the state archives and state records center.

Audit Services

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's allocated share of charges for state government audits.

Legal Services

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's anticipated share of legal service charges.

CTS Central Services

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's allocated share of charges from the Consolidated Technology Services Agency (WaTech) for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Cyber Security, state network, security gateways, and geospatial imaging services.

DES Central Services

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's allocated share of charges from the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) for campus rent, utilities, parking, and contracts; a capital project surcharge; financing cost recovery; public and historic facilities; real estate services; risk management services; personnel service rates; the Perry Street child care center; and the department's enterprise applications.

OFM Central Services

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency's allocated share of charges from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) for the One Washington project and OFM enterprise systems.