S. 736, Alaska Subsistence Structure Protection Act of 2013

Cost Estimate
June 11, 2013

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on May 16, 2013

S. 736 would establish a cap on the annual fee paid to the federal government by individuals who own certain structures (including cabins and temporary fishing facilities) on Forest Service lands in Alaska. Based on information provided by the Forest Service, CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would reduce offsetting receipts, which are treated as reductions in direct spending, by about $75,000 a year; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.

Under current law, owners of the 138 affected structures pay an annual fee to the federal government based on the fair market value of the occupied land. In 2013, those owners paid fees totaling about $110,000. Based on information provided by the Forest Service, CBO estimates that those owners would pay fees totaling about $35,000 a year in future years under the bill. Thus, we estimate that enacting S. 736 would reduce offsetting receipts by about $75,000 a year over the 2014-2023 period.

The Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 establishes budget-reporting and enforcement procedures for legislation affecting direct spending or revenues. S. 736 would reduce offsetting receipts; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply.

S. 736 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on state, local, or tribal governments.