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July 15 2011 Memos

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Memorandum
DATE
July
15,201
1
TO
Honorable
Mayor
and
Members
of
the
City
Council
SUBJECT
Follow
up
to
BudgetWorkshop
#4
CITY
OF
DALLAS
Attached
please
find
responses
to
questions
asked
during
the
June
15
h
Budget
Briefing.
Please
let
me
know
if
you
have
any
questions.
C:
Thomas
P.
Perkins,Jr.,
City
Attorney
Rosa
Rios,
Acting
City
Secretary
Craig
Kinton,City
Auditor
Judge
C.
Victor
Lander,
Judiciary
Ryan
S.
Evans,
First
Assistant
City
Manager
Jill
A.
Jordan,
P.E.,
Assistant
City
Manager
A.C.
Gonzalez,Assistant
City
ManagerForest
E.
Turner,
Assistant
City
Manager
Jeanne
Chipperfield,ChiefFinancial
Officer
Helena
StevensThompson,
Assistant
to
the
City
Manager
Jack
Ireland,
Director,
Office
of
Financial
Services
City
Manager
Dallas,
The
City
That
Works:Diverse,
Vibrant
And
Progressive.”
 
 
Budget
 
Workshop
 
#4
June
 
15,
 
2011
 
 –
 
Council
 
Questions
 
1)
 
What
 
technology
 
enhancements
 
does
 
Building
 
Inspection
 
need
 
to
 
increase
 
efficiencies?
 
For
 
FY12,
 
the
 
Department
 
has
 
budgeted
 
$550,000
 
to
 
be
 
allocated
 
for
 
newer
 
technology
 
to
 
improve
 
document
 
management,
 
peer
 
to
 
peer
 
engineering
 
reviews,
 
public
 
access
 
to
 
building
 
plans
 
online,
 
and
 
the
 
replacement
 
and
 
enhancements
 
of 
 
mobile
 
laptop
 
computers
 
and
 
software
 
upgrades
 
for
 
field
 
inspectors.
 
These
 
laptops
 
provide
 
inspectors
 
the
 
ability
 
to
 
upload
 
inspection
 
results
 
and
 
notify
 
customers
 
in
 
real
 
time
 
to
 
keep
 
construction
 
projects
 
moving
 
forward
 
with
 
minimal
 
delay.
 
In
 
addition,
 
the
 
department
 
will
 
also
 
be
 
working
 
over
 
the
 
next
 
month
 
with
 
key
 
internal
 
and
 
external
 
stakeholders
 
to
 
create
 
a
 
technology
 
action
 
plan.
 
This
 
action
 
plan
 
will
 
focus
 
on
 
improving
 
customer
 
service
 
by
 
providing
 
online
 
application
 
submittal,
 
review
 
and
 
approval,
 
improving
 
response
 
times,
 
increasing
 
efficiency,
 
and
 
providing
 
more
 
effective
 
communication
 
with
 
customers.
 
We
 
plan
 
to
 
brief 
 
Council
 
in
 
August.
 
2)
 
What
 
is
 
total
 
amount
 
of 
 
property
 
tax
 
revenue
 
for
 
both
 
general
 
fund
 
and
 
debt
 
service
 
fund
 
in
 
FY10
 
and
 
FY11?
 
FY10
 
Actual
 
=
 
$643,377,046
 
(General
 
Fund:
 
$423,468,178,
 
Debt
 
Service:
 
$219,908,868)
 
FY11
 
Estimate
 
=
 
$651,380,942
 
(General
 
Fund:
 
$435,784,656,
 
Debt
 
Service:
 
$215,596,286)
 
FY12
 
Preliminary
 
Forecast
 
(as
 
of 
 
June
 
15,
 
2011)
 
=
 
$627,716,692
 
(General
 
Fund:
 
$419,967,134,
 
Debt
 
Service:
 
$207,749,558)
 
3)
 
What
 
amount
 
of 
 
revenue
 
loss
 
is
 
forecast
 
based
 
on
 
anticipated
 
decline
 
in
 
tax
 
base
 
for
 
FY12?
 
The
 
May
 
18th
 
budget
 
briefing
 
for
 
FY12
 
indicated
 
$27.1m
 
ad
 
valorem
 
revenue
 
loss
 
resulting
 
from
 
forecast
 
that
 
property
 
values
 
would
 
decline
 
by
 
4.23%.
 
In
 
the
 
June
 
15th
 
budget
 
briefing,
 
this
 
decline
 
was
 
adjusted
 
to
 
3.65%
 
forecast
 
of 
 
property
 
value
 
decline
 
instead
 
of 
 
the
 
original
 
forecast
 
of 
 
4.23%
 
decline.
 
This
 
adjustment
 
was
 
made
 
after
 
receiving
 
preliminary
 
information
 
from
 
the
 
appraisal
 
districts.
 
The
 
ad
 
valorem
 
revenue
 
loss
 
was
 
adjusted
 
in
 
the
 
June
 
15th
 
budget
 
briefing
 
by
 
$3.7m
 
resulting
 
in
 
a
 
forecast
 
of 
 
$23.4m
 
revenue
 
loss.
 
The
 
certified
 
tax
 
roll
 
will
 
be
 
received
 
from
 
the
 
appraisal
 
districts
 
in
 
late
 
July.
 
4)
 
What
 
is
 
debt
 
service
 
cost
 
for
 
FY
 
10
 
and
 
FY11?
 
FY10
$282,863,468
 
(actual
 
principal
 
and
 
interest
 
payment)
 
FY11
$248,083,224
 
(projected
 
principal
 
and
 
interest
 
payment)
 
5)
 
What
 
was
 
original
 
assumption
 
for
 
impact
 
to
 
City
 
from
 
State
 
and
 
Federal
 
budget
 
issues?
 
The
 
May
 
18th
 
briefing
 
assumed
 
an
 
impact
 
to
 
the
 
City
 
of 
 
$21.4m.
 
As
 
of 
 
the
 
June
 
15th
 
briefing,
 
this
 
assumption
 
was
 
reduced
 
to
 
an
 
impact
 
of 
 
$4.0m
 
to
 
the
 
City’s
 
General
 
Fund
 
plus
 
$1.7m
 
to
 
the
 
Convention
 
Center.
 
6)
 
What
 
is
 
status
 
of 
 
the
 
County
 
agreeing
 
to
 
add
 
a
 
fee
 
to
 
motor
 
vehicle
 
registration
 
to
 
pay
 
for
 
part
 
of 
 
school
 
crossing
 
guard
 
program?
 
Dialogue
 
between
 
the
 
City
 
and
 
the
 
Commissioners
 
Court
 
is
 
on
going.
 
Currently,
 
the
 
request
 
for
 
the
 
addition
 
of 
 
the
 
$1.50
 
child
 
safety
 
fee
 
to
 
the
 
motor
 
vehicle
 
registration
 
has
 
not
 
been
 
agreed
 
to
 
by
 
the
 
County.
 
2
 
 
7)
 
Provide
 
additional
 
information
 
on
 
potential
 
sale
 
of 
 
Elgin
 
B.
 
Robertson
 
Park
 
at
 
Lake
 
Ray
 
Hubbard?
 
Consideration has been given to selling Elgin B. Robertson Park which is a 257 acre underutilized park about 10miles outside of the main limits of Dallas and adjacent to Lake Ray Hubbard. This “budget brainstorming” ideawas briefed to the City Council on January 20 and May 19, 2010. A proposition authorizing the City to sell andconvey all city park land contained in Elgin B. Robertson Park failed on November 2, 2010 ballot with 46% votingin favor and 54% voting against.
In
 
order
 
to
 
again
 
seek
 
voter
 
approval
 
to
 
allow
 
the
 
City
 
to
 
sell
 
this
 
property,
 
an
 
election
 
could
 
be
 
called
 
no
 
later
 
than
 
March
 
2,
 
2012
 
for
 
a
 
May
 
12,
 
2012
 
election.
 
8)
 
What
 
accounts
 
for
 
the
 
increase
 
in
 
expense
 
from
 
FY11
 
($1,006.0m)
 
to
 
FY12
 
($1,054.3m)
 
as
 
shown
 
on
 
slide
 
3?
 
The
 
May
 
18th
 
briefing,
 
slide
 
12,
 
listed
 
examples
 
of 
 
key
 
drivers
 
that
 
may
 
cause
 
expenditures
 
to
 
increase
 
from
 
FY11
 
to
 
FY12.
 
This
 
list
 
totaled
 
$56.5m
 
and
 
included:
 
 
Possible
 
impact
 
from
 
Federal
 
and
 
State
 
budget
 
reductions,
 
$21.4m
 
 
Increasing
 
fuel
 
prices,
 
$5.7m
 
 
Electricity
 
transmission
 
and
 
distribution
 
costs
 
result
 
of 
 
Oncor
 
rate
 
increase,
 
$1.6m
 
 
Employee
 
Health
 
Benefits,
 
$5.8m
 
 
Ambulance
 
replacement,
 
$1.8m
 
 
Increasing
 
obligations
 
in
 
public
 
private
 
partnerships
 
such
 
as
 
with
 
the
 
Zoo
 
and
 
ATTPAC,
 
$2.0m
 
 
Operational
 
cost
 
for
 
capital
 
projects
 
being
 
placed
 
in
service,
 
$2.8m
 
 
2
nd
 
year
 
of 
 
Meet
 
and
 
Confer
 
Agreement,
 
restore
 
$9.0m
 
(1
st
 
year
 
savings
 
was
 
$22.4m)
 
 
Train
 
60
 
paramedics,
 
$4.5m
 
 
Incremental
 
increase
 
of 
 
64
 
fire
 
recruits
 
to
 
reduce
 
overtime
 
in
 
future
 
years
 
saving
 
($5.5m
 
in
 
FY
 
2012
13),
 
$1.9m
 
9)
 
What
 
cultural
 
programs
 
are
 
proposed
 
to
 
not
 
be
 
funded
 
in
 
FY12?
 
Service
 
Service
 
Detail
 
Proposed
 
FY12
 
Reduction
 
OCA
002
 
/
 
CULTURAL
 
CENTERS
 
Bath
 
House
 
Cultural
 
Center
 
20%
 
reduction
 
in
 
program
 
funds
 
compared
 
to
 
FY11
 
(
$3,543).
 
This
 
will
 
reduce
 
exhibits
 
from
 
15
 
to
 
12
 
and
 
shorten
 
by
 
one
 
week
 
the
 
run
 
of 
 
one
 
of 
 
the
 
1:30
 
Productions
 
plays.
 
Latino
 
Cultural
 
Center
 
20%
 
reduction
 
in
 
program
 
funds
 
compared
 
to
 
FY11
 
(
$11,118).
 
This
 
will
 
reduce
 
exhibits
 
from
 
8
 
to
 
7;
 
suspend
 
Dia
 
del
 
Niño
 
community
 
festival;
 
book
 
smaller
 
productions
 
into
 
the
 
LCC
 
“Signature
 
Series”;
 
and
 
suspend
 
rental
 
waivers
 
to
 
the
 
7
 
active
 
core
 
organizations
 
that
 
have
 
been
 
using
 
the
 
center
 
at
 
no
 
charge.
 
Meyerson
 
Cultural
 
Center
 
Eliminate
 
funding
 
for
 
the
 
ushers
 
(
$134,313
 
=
 
7.1
 
FTE)
 
used
 
for
 
Dallas
 
Symphony
 
Orchestra
 
concerts
the
 
DSO
 
will
 
be
 
asked
 
to
 
pay
 
the
 
usher
 
costs.
 
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