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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 15, 2010
Acting city manager submits budget to mayor
With goals of structurally balancing the budget while protecting core basic services; repairing aging infrastructure; maintaining public safety; and addressing City Council priorities of maximizing revenue, increasing economic development and neighborhood preservation, acting City Manager Troy Schulte today submitted the proposed 2010-11 fiscal year budget to Mayor Mark Funkhouser.
The $1.3 billion proposed budget is an increase of $14,989,417 or 1.2 percent over the 2009-10 adopted budget for the City as a whole. After adjusting for the integration of ambulance operations into the Fire Department, the budget reflects a decrease of $1,345,570 or 0.1 percent from the 2009-10 adopted budget.
“The budget reflects the continuing effects and consequences of the ongoing downturn in the local and national economy and makes it one of the most difficult to prepare in the City’s history, as it follows on the heels of a budget that eliminated more than $87 million,” said acting City Manager Troy Schulte. “Although this budget attempts to sustain basic services, no program is completely unscathed,” Schulte said.
“I look forward to exploring the details of this document, but in working with the acting city manager, I know it protects the services that are most important to Kansas City families – police and fire protection and neighborhood services, including weed abatement and snow removal,” Mayor Mark Funkhouser said.
The proposed structurally balanced budget includes:
• Reserves in the General Fund exceeding recommended levels.
• Protection of basic neighborhood services with minimal reductions to core services such as trash collection, illegal dumping abatement, animal control, building demolition and neighborhood code enforcement.
• An additional $400,000 in funding for nuisance abatement.
• A total of $35.1 million for ongoing capital maintenance.
• A $310,462 increase in funding for operating costs for the Kansas City Fire Department.
• An increase in the Kansas City Police Department budget from $176.4 to $181.3 million, with $2.6 million of the increase coming from federal stimulus funding.
• Salary freezes for all City employees.
• Reducing City paid holidays from 10 to six per year.
• Elimination of 107 vacant General Fund supported positions and up to 80 filled non-public safety positions.
• Elimination of City funding for of the Paint Program, Legal Aid-Civil Assistance, Keep Kansas City Beautiful and Graffiti Removal.
• An additional $4.25 million in programmatic and personnel reductions yet to be finalized.
• Reductions in the City’s contributions to regional amenities and organizations including the Economic Development Corporation and the Jackson County Sports Authority.
• Reductions and consolidations to current City programs.
• Restructuring the City’s current tax-supported bond portfolio.
• A recommended increase in rates for the City’s General and Indigent Health property tax levies by a combined $6.16 per $100 of assessed valuation.
• Fee increases totaling $1.3 million, including:
§ Doubling trash tag fees from $1 to $2
§ New administrative fees for liquor law violations
§ Restaurant inspections fees increased by 18 percent
§ Fire Safety re-inspections fees increased
§ Convention Center user fees increased.
The budget adoption process includes the following:
• Budget submittal to City Council – Feb. 11
• Department director hearings – February
• Six Public Hearings – Feb. 13 through March 3
• Introduction of the Budget Ordinance – March 4
• Finance and Audit Committee consideration – March 10, 17
• City Council Business Session on the budget – March 25
• City Council adoption – March 25.