H.R. 2423 would direct the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to issue the necessary rights-of-way to allow for the construction of a road north of St. George, Utah. The bill also would direct the agency to authorize the development of utilities in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area.
Under H.R. 2423, BLM would not charge Washington County for any rights-of-way issued for the construction of a road because rights-of-way for activities that do not generate income are exempt from such fees. However, any rights-of-way issued for the construction of utilities would be subject to fees. Based on information provided by BLM, CBO estimates that any fees associated with the development of utilities in Washington County would total less than $500,000 over the 2018-2027 period.
Because enacting the bill could increase offsetting receipts, which are treated as reductions in direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.
CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2423 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.
H.R. 2423 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. The bill would benefit the City of St. George in Washington County, Utah, by granting rights-of-way for the construction of a parkway through federal lands.