After three days of discussion and debate last week, a tentative 2015 budget has been formed. For the second year in a row a substantial amount is being put into our streets as well as city owned facilities.
• $2,796,000 TOWARDS REPAVING OUR STREETS
Staff suggested a budget with $2,146,000 towards street paving. I proposed we need to be as close to last years $3,600,000 paving budget, especially if Council plans to go out to the voters asking for an increase in the sales tax in order to address the City’s $50,000,000 street maintenance backlog. After two days of debate and discussion Council agreed by putting nearly $3,000,000 into our streets. This represents the second year in a row of increased funding to our streets. When I took office in 2012, only $1,200,000 per year was being spent to maintain our streets. Over $6,000,000 will be put into street paving in two years!
• $580,000 TO REPAIR CITY FACILITIES
Like our streets, City owned facilities have also been neglected for far too long. It is estimated we need $2,000,000 to catch up in the back log of maintenance. $580,000 will be reallocated towards maintaining city owned facility’s. I supported this.
• $20,000 TOWARDS TREE REMOVAL
I proposed that we reallocate funds to the Fire Department for in City fuel management (forest thinning). The Fire Department came back with a Hazardous Tree Removal plan to start removing the over 500 dead trees on public land. These trees represent a potential fire risk in our City and having a contingency fund to remove them is very important.
• $50,000 ADDITIONAL TOWARDS STREET SWEEPING
Since the elimination of chemical deicer, an increase in cinders has occurred. Increasing street sweeping will help reduce the cinders and dust.
OTHER BUDGETARY ITEMS
• $50,000 INCREASED FUNDING TO HUMANE SOCIETY
• $110,000 TOWARDS POLICE BODY CAMERAS
An article on police body cameras.
• $68,000 UNIFORM ALLOWANCE FOR PD
• $200,000 MARKET BASED PAY TRIGGER FOR STAFF
Some of the funding came from the following reallocations?
$10,000 from defunding of SEDI
$130,000 transferred from the City’s housing fund, currently being used to build spec homes.
$500,000 as a result of my 1% cut request back in February which resulted in staff finding budgetary efficiencies.
$150,000 as a result of implementation of a use tax (I voted against this)
$70,000 as a result of increased recreation fees (I supported this)
What was not supported was a proposed increase in property taxes of up to 6%. A tax on jet fuel was also declined.
A breakdown of the funding sources and allocations;
ONGOING FUNDING SOURCE
100,000 Workers Comp/Insurance Savings
10,000 SEDI Cut
70,000 Recreation Fee Increases 7%
150,000 Use Tax 1%
000 Property Tax
(200,000) PD-Market Based Pay
(45,000) PD-Uniform Reimbursement
(23,000) FD-Uniform Reimbursement
(21,900) FD-Assignment Pay-Paramedics
(29,700) PD Assignment Pay-Field Training Officers
(10,400) PD Assignment Pay-Dispatch
ONE TIME FUNDING SOURCE
100,000 Vacancy Savings in FY 2014
75,000 Recreation Electric-Solar
325,000 Contingency Triggers 1 and 2
130,000 Worker’s Comp/Property Savings
130,000 AdditionalTransfer from housing and Comm Dev
(26,000) PD Body Cameras-Purchase
(84,000) PD Body Cameras-Maintenance
(12,000) Humane Society Catch Up
(38,000) Humane Society Additional
(20,000) Tree Removal
(100,000) Facility Maintenance
(480,000) Facility Improvements
HURF FUNDING SOURCE
330,000 HURF increase from AZ
370,000 Fund balance
(50,000) Street sweeping
130,000 Land Acquisition/Izabel (Adjust Est/Carryover)Transfer to General Fund
(130,000) Transferred to general fund