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    Okay the talk of fee increases is back up on a regular basis.. so where are the $$$ reports that are supposed to be done? has any one ever seen any?

    The department is supposed to report annually what it does with funds however has not. so? should a fee increase be supported if the accounting is not completed?
    Alaska Statutes. Title 16. Fish and Game Chapter 5. Fish and Game Code Section 130. Diversion of Funds Prohibited; Separate Accounts. previous: Section 120. Disbursement of Funds.
    next: Section 140. Assent to Provisions of Federal Aid Acts.

    AS 16.05.130. Diversion of Funds Prohibited; Separate Accounts.


    (a) Except as provided in (c) of this section, money accruing to the state from sport fishing, hunting, and trapping licenses, tags, or permit fees may not be diverted to a purpose other than the protection, propagation, investigation, and restoration of sport fish and game resources and the expenses of administering the sport fish and game divisions of the department.

    (b) Money accruing to the state from waterfowl conservation tag fees from hunters may not be diverted to a purpose other than (1) the conservation and enhancement of waterfowl; (2) the acquisition, by lease or otherwise, of wetlands that are important for waterfowl and public use of waterfowl in the state; (3) waterfowl related projects approved by the commissioner; (4) the administration of the waterfowl conservation program; and (5) emergencies in the state as determined by the governor. The department shall maintain a state waterfowl tag fee account within the fish and game fund to permit separate accounting records for the receipt and expenditure of money derived from the sale of waterfowl tags. The department shall prepare a report before April 15 of each even-numbered year for the public and the legislature on the use of money derived from waterfowl conservation tags and limited edition prints. The department shall notify the legislature that the report is available.

    (c) Money accruing to the state from the sale of resident trapping licenses may only be used for furbearer management. The department shall maintain a furbearer management account within the fish and game fund under AS 16.05.100 for separate accounting of receipt and expenditure of money from the sale of resident trapping licenses. Furbearer management shall be designed to enhance the furbearer population, increase the productivity of furbearer habitats, initiate useful furbearer research, and educate trappers consistent with the goal to provide for an optimum population of furbearers.

    (d) Revenue from the sale of general hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses and tags together with the federal matching funds from Pittman - Robertson, Dingell - Johnson/Wallop - Breaux programs shall be allocated by the department to programs intended to directly benefit license purchasers of general hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses. The department shall prepare an annual report by project of expenditures from the fish and game fund and notify the legislature that the report is available.

    (e) Money accruing to the state from the sport fishing facility surcharge imposed under AS 16.05.340 (j) shall be deposited in a separate account known as the Alaska sport fishing enterprise account within the fish and game fund. Money in the enterprise account shall be allocated to sport fishing facilities intended to directly benefit license purchasers. Money in the enterprise account may be pledged to pay the principal of and interest on revenue bonds issued under AS 37.15.765 - 37.15.799. The commissioner shall seek authority for the transfer of amounts determined under AS 37.15.783 from the enterprise account to the redemption fund established in AS 37.15.770 .

    (f) Proceeds received from the sale of bonds issued under AS 37.15.765 - 37.15.799, other than the proceeds used to pay the cost of issuance and administration and the proceeds deposited in the bond reserve account, shall be deposited in a special account in the fish and game fund to be known as the Alaska sport fishing construction account. The construction account serves as a capital construction fund that shall be used for any purpose for which bonds may be issued, including the payment of cost of issuance and administration and arbitrage rebate. The commissioner also may transfer money in the construction account to the redemption fund. Upon completion of the purposes for which the bonds are issued, the commissioner shall transfer any unexpended and unobligated bond proceeds to the Alaska fish and game revenue bond redemption fund to pay outstanding principal, interest, or redemption premium, if any, owing on the bonds.
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    Vince,

    Part of any fee increase legislation (which AK BHA has pushed for and supports) that has been discussed so far would likely include a mandate for more transparency in where the money actually goes.

    However, DWC budgets and expenditures are currently available. Here is the FY09 report:
    http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/special/...penditures.pdf

    Thing is, as it now stands it's harder to get the actual nitty-gritty on each project and expenditure, but you can get more info on a regional basis from the Regional Supervisor or his/her staff. David James outlined some of the expenditure breakdown at the last Region III BOG meeting in Fairbanks. Not sure if you have copy of that PPT. Wasn't specific in terms of each individual survey but more about how much they spend on IM programs, percentages etc.

    In my talks with the former Director of DWC, he said that F&G would not have a problem with more transparency and accounting. But again, if you were to ask about specific programs you likely could get budgetary info from the regional folks. Plus, when area biologists put in for a program it typically has the assumed cost for pilots and aircraft time, collars, gps, radios etc etc. Having seen a few of those, this stuff isn't cheap by any means. And I know you've seen some of it too, like with the money DWC spent on Delta bison projects.

    So is this a fishing expedition or what's your potential beef here really?
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    Default a few years back

    Our AC called the state to task on its expenditure of fish and game funds to fund research on non-game species (redbacked vole comes to mind). The studies were not of sport fish or game species, and could not be construed as benefiting either one. It was a sort of shell game, using some available funds to be able to take advantage of a federal match; but it was done in violation of AS 16.05.130.

    Public oversight is a very good thing. When needed, I am all for fee increases. My concern is that they don't always go where their supporters would like them to go.

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    here is what i got on all of this.
    Hey Vince,

    Time is quickly running away from so I wanted to send you the information I was going to give ya at lunch. These are the budget reports that F&G provide every year when presenting the the budget request to the legislature. They often count these types of reports as meeting the yearly requirements, they also provide an annual report but its often very brief with no hard numbers in it, more like a self promotion piece for everything they do… gloss paper, lots pictures ect. I have given you this years budget FY2011 and last years budget FY 2010 to compare numbers. You’ll find the information you might be looking for on pages 6, 13 in FY2011 and pages 5, 6,20 in FY2010 hope this helps. You can also find the entire information for the F&G Department at:
    Overall budget information - http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/
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    Specific F&G department for FY 2011 - http://www.gov.state.ak.us/omb/11_omb/budget/Fish/index.htm

    Hope this helps… talk to ya soon,
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