MUCC Commits to Ensuring Transparency on DNR License ExpendituresOctober 1st, 2013
by Erin McDonough, MUCC Executive Director
What’s more important than a single victory? Follow through on your commitments so you can win over and over again. Part 1 of a continuing series.
MUCC committed to our members that we would track the expenditure of the new license fee dollars to make sure they are being spent in the committed areas (DNR’s proposed summary of expenditures). With last month’s signing of the license fee legislation, we are again committing to keep you informed and to watch dog the expenditure of these funds moving forward.
Also last month, the Natural Resource Commission Finance & Governance Committee met and began outlining the reporting process the Department of Natural Resources will use to provide the transparency and accountability we are looking for.
- Sharon Schafer, DNR Chief of Finance and Operations, presented a couple different reporting options, allowing MUCC and others to comment on whether the reporting forms will allow sportsmen and women to easily understand how their investments are being put on the ground.
- The new dollars will not come online until March of 2014, so don’t expect immediate investment.
- The first year is a partial year so the new money will be approximately $11 million. Once fully implemented, the estimate is $18.1 million.
- As of right now reporting on investments will be quarterly. An annual calendar will be created so you know when full reports will be given at the NRC. This will give you the opportunity to plan on attending or tuning into a live stream of the meeting.
- We want to develop an effective reporting requirement for the new dollars that can eventually be used for reporting on all license fee dollars.
- Look for connections between the dollars invested and the goals laid out in the Wildlife Division and Fisheries Division Strategic Plans.
- The DNR will add the new license package to their Departmental Scorecard in order to track progress towards their goals.
Participate in the process:
Check out the presentation and the proposed forms and let us know if the information isn’t clear in helping you understand how the dollars will be (and are) being spent.
Share your ideas here or email Amy Trotter (firstname.lastname@example.org) on ways to better present the information and we will take this information to the NRC and DNR.