S. 782, Gettysburg National Military Park Expansion Act

Cost Estimate
January 10, 2014

As ordered reported by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on November 21, 2013

S. 782 would expand the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania to include two nearby properties. CBO expects that the National Park Service (NPS), which administers the park, would accept the donation of a small parcel of land containing the newly refurbished Gettysburg Train Station and a 45-acre tract of land along Plum Run in Cumberland Township.

Based on information provided by NPS, CBO estimates that implementing S. 782 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Under the legislation, the additional properties could only be purchased when the Secretary has exhausted efforts to acquire the properties through donation. CBO assumes that the properties would be donated to the NPS. However, if the NPS purchases the train station, CBO estimates that the cost to the NPS would be about $1 million. We estimate that annual costs to operate and maintain the new properties would be minimal because the train station would continue to be operated by local or nonprofit organizations and the Plum Run acreage would be left undeveloped. Enacting S. 782 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

S. 782 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal governments.

On July 30, 2013, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for H.R. 1513, a bill to revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station and certain land along Plum Run in Cumberland Township, to limit the means by which property within such revised boundaries may be acquired, and for other purposes, as ordered reported by the House Committee on Natural Resources, on July 24, 2013. The two pieces of legislation are similar, and the CBO cost estimates are the same.