According to a comparison the Department performed at the request of the State Auditor’s Office, for January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016,
the Department’s $27,291,919 in revenues exceeded its $20,799,685 in expenditures for its agriculture and consumer protection cost-recovery programs by $6,492,234 (31 percent).
As of March 17, 2017, the Department had not compared its actual revenues to its actual expenditures for its cost-recovery programs, and as a result, it did not evaluate whether it set
the fees that went into effect on January 1, 2016, appropriately to recover costs. It is important that the Department has processes in place for monitoring fee levels for its cost-recovery
programs because the factors it considered when developing its cost estimates may change. Without regular monitoring, the Department cannot evaluate and, if necessary, update its fee
structure on a timely and regular basis when its actual direct and indirect costs change.
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