Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 05-05-050.
Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 16-303-020 Schedule of charges -- Billing policies and procedures, 16-303-200 Seed program testing fees, 16-303-210 Fees for special seed tests, 16-303-250 Miscellaneous charges for seed services, 16-303-310 Organization for economic cooperation and development scheme for varietal certification (O.E.C.D.) fees, and 16-303-320 Certification fees for seed certified by the department.
Hearing Location(s): Washington State Department of Agriculture, 21 North First Avenue, Suite 238 B Conference Room, Yakima, WA 98902, on May 11, 2005, at 11:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: May 25, 2005.
Submit Written Comments to: George Huffman, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, e-mail email@example.com, fax (360) 902-2085, by 5 p.m. on May 11, 2005.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact the agency receptionist by calling TTY (360) 902-1996 or (360) 902-1976.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The purpose of this proposal is to amend chapter 16-303 WAC so the fees charged for certain seed program activities reflect current seed industry production practices. The anticipated effects of these proposed changes will be a fee structure that will ensure that the program recovers the full cost of services provided.
The changes to existing rules include:
|•||Increases to certain fees beyond the Office of Financial Management fiscal growth rate factor to cover the cost of providing seed certification services;|
|•||Establish a new fee for services currently provided for free;|
|•||Modify certification fees to create an equitable fee structure based upon crop yields; and|
|•||Correct typographical, spelling and similar errors.|
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed modifications are necessary to ensure the WSDA seed program collects sufficient revenue for certification services to cover the cost of providing said services. In addition these proposals modify certain fees to better align them with the value of the service provided and bring equitability in the fee structure so commodity groups pay the same rate for certification services.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Section 309(2), chapter 25, Laws of 2003 1st sp.s.; RCW 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3), and chapter 34.05 RCW.
Statute Being Implemented: RCW 15.49.370(3).
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Name of Proponent: Washington State Department of Agriculture, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting and Implementation: Victor Shaul, Operations Manager, Yakima, (509) 225-2682; and Enforcement: Fawad Shah, Program Manager, Yakima, (509) 225-2636.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. RCW 19.85.030 (1)(a) requires that an agency must prepare a small business economic impact statement (SBEIS) for proposed rules that impose a more than minor cost on businesses in an industry. The department surveyed the one hundred seven entities affected by the proposed fee amendments. The survey was very simple and straightforward. It simply asked if the respondent supported the department's proposal or not. Forty entities responded to the survey (37.4%). Thirty-four respondents (87.2%) supported the proposal. Five respondents (12.8%) opposed the proposal. One respondent reported that he was not affected by the proposal because he was no longer in the seed business. Based upon the survey responses received, the department has concluded that the proposed seed program amendments have strong industry support and do not impose a "more than minor impact" upon the industry. Therefore, a formal SBEIS is not required.
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The Washington State Department of Agriculture is not a listed agency in RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).
April 6, 2005
Robert W. Gore
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-01-015, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01)
WAC 16-303-020 Schedule of charges -- Billing policies and procedures. (1) Accounts.
(a) All billable services provided for under chapter 15.49 RCW are due and payable upon billing by the department. For the convenience of established accounts and in accord with good business practices, the department provides a monthly billing service. Accounts not paid in full within thirty days of billing are considered delinquent.
(b) On all debts due and payable after July 28, 1991, all delinquent accounts are assessed a late charge equal to one and one-half percent per month, or portion of a month, on the unpaid balance.
(c) Except for established accounts where there is a reasonable expectation of additional charges during a calendar month, the minimum billable amount through the monthly billing system is twenty dollars. All billable services of less than twenty dollars are due and payable on the date that service is rendered.
(d) No person with an account ninety days or more in arrears may receive service except on the basis of payment in full at the time service is rendered. Accounts in arrears may be subject to legal action for collection and are not restored to monthly billing status until all past due amounts are paid-in-full.
(e) Accounts that become ninety or more days in arrears twice within a five-year period may be subject to a permanent requirement for payment in full at the time service is provided.
(2) Unless otherwise provided for in rule, requests for refund fees or assessments must be submitted to the department by June 30 of the year following payment of the fee or assessment.
(3) Fees for services not listed in rule are set on the basis of the actual cost to the department of agriculture, or the most appropriate fee established by rule.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, § 16-303-020, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]
|Category||Crop kind||PURITY||GERM/1||TZ||Additional Crops in each
|1||Agricultural Grasses||37.00||22.60||41.83||Alkaligrass, Bermudagrass, Canarygrass, Foxtail, Switchgrass, Timothy, Zoysia|
|2||Alfalfa & Clover||28.78||24.66||41.83||Alfalfa, Black Medic, Clover, Lupine, Milkvetch, Sainfoin, Trefoil|
|4||Beets||39.06||43.16||41.83||Beets, Swiss chard, spinach|
|5||Bentgrass, redtop||65.78||34.94||41.83||Bentgrass, redtop|
|6||Bluegrass||45.22||30.82||41.83||Bluegrass, all types|
|7||Brassica sp.||69.88||34.94||41.83||Brassica Species|
|8||Brome||47.28||24.66||41.83||Brome: Mountain, Smooth, Meadow|
|9||Fescue||37.00||24.66||41.83||Fescue: Tall and Meadow|
|10||Fescue, all others||45.22||24.66||41.83||Fescue: Arizona, Blue, Blue Hard, chewings, creeping, Hard, Idaho, Red, Sheep|
|13||Peas and other large seeded legumes||28.78||24.66||41.83||Peas, ((
|15||Ryegrass||45.22||22.60||41.83||Ryegrass, (Perennial or Annual)|
|16||Small burnet||28.78||24.66||41.83||Small burnet|
|18||Vegetables||28.78||24.66||45.00||Vegetables: Asparagus, ((
|19||Grains and Pulses||28.78||24.66||41.83||Wheat, Triticale, Sunflower, Sorghum,
Safflower, Rye, Rice, Millet,
|20||Wheatgrass, Wildrye, other native sp.||78.12||30.82||41.83||Wheatgrass: Beardless, Bluebunch, Crested, Intermediate, Pubescent, R/S, Slender, Siberian, Tall, Thickspike, Western Wildrye|
|Other Native Species: Echinacea, Green needlegrass, Indian ricegrass, Junegrass, Little bluestem, Needle and Thread, Squirreltail, Kochia, Penstemon, Oatgrass, Prairie sandreed, Sand dropseed, Sand Lovegrass, Sideoats grama|
(2) Crops not listed in the above table will be charged by the category that they fit into.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, § 16-303-200, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, § 16-303-200, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, § 16-303-200, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, § 16-303-200, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]
|(1) All states noxious weed examination||$ 33.38|
|(2) Dormant Seed Test||$ 41.83|
||Standard noxious amount from AOSA rules|
|Turf-type and other small seeded grasses||$ 38.00||Kentucky bluegrass, timothy, alkaligrass, fine-leaved fescues|
|Small seeded legumes and medium seeded crops||$ 44.00||Brassicas, ryegrass, tall fescue|
|Wheatgrass and native species||$ 50.00|
|Grains and pulses||$ 22.00|
|Bluegrass and Bentgrass||$ 18.04/5 grams|
|Other grasses||$ 18.04/10 grams|
|Alfalfa, clover, peas, lentils||$ 32.37||$ 24.66|
|Kentucky bluegrass||$ 49.34||$ 30.82|
|Bentgrass||$ 72.47||$ 34.94|
|Alfalfa, clover, peas, lentils||$ 32.37||$ 30.82|
|Kentucky bluegrass||$ 49.34||$ 30.82|
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, § 16-303-210, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, § 16-303-210, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, § 16-303-210, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, § 16-303-210, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]
|Rush samples (including phone or FAX report if requested at time sample is submitted)||$ 15.00|
|High priority sample - purity result completed before the end of the next business day. (Special circumstances only. Call ahead for availability.)||$ 150.00|
|Phone reports on test result, per call||$ 7.18|
|Preliminary report on germination||$ 20.00|
|Additional mailing of report||$ 5.12
|Additional copies of reports||$ 5.12
|Revised reports||$ 10.26 minimum (hourly fee when applicable)|
|Fee for special shipping and handling service, for example Federal Express, Air Parcel or air freight||$ 3.70 plus exact shipping cost|
|Fee for facsimile transmission of documents||$ ((
|Mileage - additional or special requested trips||As established by the Washington State Office of Financial Management|
|Stand-by time - or travel time||$ 30.00/hour||Travel time to be charged when special trip is requested.|
|Sample envelopes||Customer will be charged the exact cost of the envelopes.|
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, § 16-303-250, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, § 16-303-250, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, § 16-303-250, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, § 16-303-250, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]
|O.E.C.D. certificate||$ 15.41 each|
|O.E.C.D. grow out test||$ 65.72 each entry||No charge for control entry|
|O.E.C.D. assessment||cost to program|
|O.E.C.D. tagging fee||$ 0.84/cwt.||All grasses except tall fescue|
|$ 0.51/cwt.||Tall fescue|
|$ 0.53/cwt.||all other crops|
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, § 16-303-310, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, § 16-303-310, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, § 16-303-310, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, § 16-303-310, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]
The seed processor is responsible for seed certification fees including sampling, testing, production and final certification fees, and may accept responsibility for any other additional fees associated with certification. Fees for services such as O.E.C.D. and sod quality, etc., are in addition to the fees listed in this section.
|Seed||Applica-tion Fee 1/||Seedling field inspection fee||Seedling producing or field inspection Fee 2/||Late Application Penalty Fee||Reinspection
|Production Fee (includes tagging) 7/||Seed shipped
|Alfalfa, Red clover, White clover and Trefoil||$ ((
||$ 50.00/field||$ 1.85/acre||$ 41.00||$ 53.44 ea. field||$ 0.53/cwt. 5/||$ 0.20/cwt.|
$ 3.70/acre 4/
|$ 41.00||$ 53.44 ea. field||$ 0.53/cwt.||$ 0.20/cwt.|
|Turnip, Rutabaga||$ ((
||N/A||$ 3.70/acre (two inspections)||$ 41.00||$ 53.44 each field||$ 0.53/cwt.||$ 0.20|
|Perennial Grasses 6/||$ ((
||$ 50.00/field||$ ((
||$ 41.00||$ 53.44 each field||Option A
$ 0.84/cwt. for all grass except tall fescue
$ 0.51/cwt. tall fescue
$ 1.17/cwt. (min. $ 11.66)
||N/A||$ 50.00 first
$ 10.99 ea. additional acre except hybrid corn $ 4.85 ea. additional acre
|Annual grasses||$ ((
||N/A||$ 1.85/acre||$ 41.00 per field||------||$ 0.42/cwt.||$ 0.20|
||N/A||$ 1.85/acre (one inspection)||$ 41.00 per grower||$ 53.44 ea. field||$ 0.53/cwt.||$ 0.20|
|1/||Seed certification application due dates can be found in WAC 16-302-050.|
|2/||Seedling producing or field inspection fees are refundable if the acreage is withdrawn before the inspection is completed. In the case of bean seed, fees are required of seedling fields to be harvested for certification the year of planting.|
|3/||One inspection is required for Great Northern Red Mexican, pinto, pink, and small white bean.|
|4/||Includes windrow inspection which is required for certification of snap beans, kidney beans, and eligibility for shipment into the state of Idaho.|
|5/||Production fees are billed at completion of laboratory analysis tests. If no seed is tagged, $ 0.10 of the $ 0.53 per cwt. production fee is refundable.|
|6/||Option A: Inspection and final certification fees are based on pounds sampled and billed upon completion of required laboratory tests.|
|Option B: Inspection and final certification fees are based on pounds tagged after required laboratory tests are completed. Those dealers requesting sampling and tagging privileges and/or participation in Option B must sign a memorandum of agreement that shall expire on June 30 of each year. The memorandum may be terminated by the director if the conditioner violates certification standards or requirements of memorandum.|
|7/||Does not include shipping and handling charge.|
Out-of-state origin seed tagged with interagency certification tags.
|Grass Option A:||$ 0.31 per cwt.|
|Grass Option B:||$ 0.68 per cwt.|
|Reissuance of cert. tags:||$ 0.11 per tag or minimum fee of $ 11.66|
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, § 16-303-320, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, § 16-303-320, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, § 16-303-320, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, § 16-303-320, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]