Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Questions & Answers

Budget Questions and Answers are used to respond to City Council questions and requests during the budget deliberation process. Budget Questions and Answers for the Fiscal Year 2018 budget process are listed and searchable below by subject.  Click the question's title to view the response. You may also view, download and print PDF versions of each question by clicking the "Printable Version" link at the bottom of each question's response.

5/5/2017 4:10:24 PMQuestion #86: The Sheriff estimates federal inmate per diem income for FY18 at $60,000 above the number in the Manager's proposed budget. Can you validate that number? What is the recent history?
5/5/2017 4:05:21 PMQuestion #85: Can you list, with the amounts, all of the BID-related items that we currently do?
5/3/2017 4:49:28 PMQuestion #84: List of vacant positions that have been vacant for over a year.
5/2/2017 5:25:57 PMQuestion #83: Summary of Decisions from Final Add/Delete Work Session
4/28/2017 3:09:36 PMQuestion #82: Revised Add/Delete List for Consideration in the Final Add/Delete Worksession
4/28/2017 2:41:52 PMQuestion #81: BFAAC Memo on Debt Policy Guidelines and Memo on Recommendations for Ad Hoc Joint City Schools Facilities Investment Task Force
4/27/2017 1:23:12 PMQuestion #80: Please provide the City's status with Green Energy.
4/27/2017 10:39:58 AMQuestion #79: For which State employees does the City provide a salary supplement?
4/25/2017 4:24:43 PMQuestion #78: What are the impacts of the AGEA requested changes to the supplemental retirement lump sum adjustment?
4/25/2017 3:22:47 PMQuestion #77: After the Sheriff’s Deputy position dedicated full-time to the U.S. Marshall’s fugitive task force is eliminated, which of the position’s functions will continue/discontinue?
4/21/2017 5:41:23 PMQuestion #76: Can you provide the amount of money that we are giving up in regards to these discounted or free parking agreements -- one-time and/or ongoing?
4/21/2017 5:28:34 PMQuestion #75: Can you provide me with some more details of the proposed Microsoft license decrease? Why was that suggested, and why was it ultimately not recommended?
4/21/2017 5:24:58 PMQuestion #74: What are other jurisdictions doing in terms of affordable housing funding streams and how are they using their affordable housing funding?
4/21/2017 4:56:01 PMQuestion #73: FY 2018 Executive Pay Scales
4/21/2017 4:55:01 PMQuestion #72: Preliminary Add/Delete List
4/21/2017 1:55:01 PMQuestion #71: Please provide additional information on the City's Acturarially Required Funding (ARC).
4/19/2017 6:30:03 PMQuestion #70: How many vehicles does the Police Department take home?
4/19/2017 3:13:59 PMQuestion #69: Follow-up Questions on the proposed Ad Hoc Joint City-Schools Facility Investment Task Force
4/18/2017 6:07:45 PMQuestion #68: Please provide a proposal for the Ad Hoc Joint City-Schools Facility Investment Task Force.
4/18/2017 5:43:20 PMQuestion #67: What is the City's transient occupancy tax rate?
4/18/2017 5:28:18 PMQuestion #66: What would the hotel tax need to be to fully cover the operations of the Trolley?
4/18/2017 4:41:24 PMQuestion #65: Provide expenditure estimates that would be associated with a partial restoration of the GRIP program at intersections that may benefit from this targeted staffing during problem hours?
4/18/2017 4:02:54 PMQuestion #64: Would you please provide a brief (1-2 page) summary of social impact bonds (pay for success bonds), how they have been used especially by U.S. Cities, and their strengths and weaknesses?
4/18/2017 3:56:23 PMQuestion #63: Questions related to the Witter/Wheeler Fuel Island CIP project.
4/18/2017 3:49:00 PMQuestion #62: What is the status of the City Attorney’s review of the City Code?
4/18/2017 3:34:16 PMQuestion #61: Revenue Re-estimate and Technical Adjustments for Add/Delete
4/14/2017 6:01:46 PMQuestion #60: What does it cost to convert a medic to dual-role?
4/14/2017 6:00:08 PMQuestion #59: Can staff produce a refresh of the NVJDC question on page 9 and 10 of Budget Memo 11 from FY 2016?
4/14/2017 5:30:00 PMQuestion #58: What would be the impact of lowering the TIP reservation to 1.5 cents, instead of 2.2?
4/14/2017 2:27:09 PMQuestion #57: The Street Reconstruction and Resurfacing FY 2018 Project List
4/14/2017 12:45:31 PMQuestion #56: What is the cost of vacant positions in the budget?
4/14/2017 12:43:02 PMQuestion #55: What items are funded by outside vendors for wellness initiatives?
4/14/2017 11:30:49 AMQuestion #54: What State revenues have been recently reduced or do not fully fund the expenditures they are intended to cover?
4/14/2017 10:26:12 AMQuestion #53: Will T&ES be willing and able to compile the Safe Routes to Schools (SRS) improvements, develop rough cost estimates for them and share the results with Council and the public?
4/14/2017 10:24:24 AMQuestion #52: Can we find out how much other jurisdictions are paying for MGM outreach?
4/13/2017 12:43:47 PMQuestion #51:Should any of the positions in the T&ES Transit Planning program be more appropriately charged to capital projects, and if so what would the impact be on the operating budget and CIP?
4/13/2017 12:40:39 PMQuestion #50: Should the Metroway level of service be reduced until Potomac Yard development is complete, and if so what would the impact be on the City’s Metro operating subsidy?
4/13/2017 12:21:16 PMQuestion #49: Please provide information about microloan financing and strategies the City may consider to support small business and entrepreneurs.
4/11/2017 5:00:17 PMQuestion #48: Can you please provide an update of FY 17 Budget Memo 14 Reduction Proposals Not Taken?
4/11/2017 8:40:22 AMQuestion #47: What is the ratio of female to male firefighters?
4/11/2017 8:38:46 AMQuestion #46: Please report back to Council the outcome of the meeting between RPCA staff and the senior group at Cora Kelly.
4/11/2017 8:35:28 AMQuestion #45: What is the cost of restoring park mowing to 15 cycles? What amount has the City spent on tree planting (both operating and capital) over the past 10-15 years?
4/11/2017 8:27:57 AMQuestion #44: What is the status of the Sheriff’s inmate work details and what is preventing them from contributing to the Park Operations maintenance work that is slated for reduction?
4/11/2017 8:24:30 AMQuestion #43: Assuming the City wanted to maximize utilization of available space for VPI, how many additional children could be served?
4/11/2017 8:14:58 AMQuestion #42: Can you please provide expenditure estimates for possible expansion of staffing in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
4/10/2017 2:36:29 PMQuestion #41: What is the status of the transition to dual role and the timeline for its completion?
4/10/2017 2:31:49 PMQuestion #40: What are the Fire schedules for other comparator jurisdictions?
4/6/2017 3:55:07 PMQuestion #39: What would it cost to increase summer employment hours from 20 to 30? What would it cost to increase summer employment from 6 to 8 weeks? What would it cost to do both?
4/5/2017 10:48:36 AMQuestion #38: Can you detail changes to Fire Department’s Strategic Vehicle Replacement Plan that allowed for a reduction of $6.8 million versus last year’s CIP?
4/4/2017 12:37:04 PMQuestion #37: What is the cost per pupil by category of students including the City appropriation and grant funding?
4/4/2017 11:28:08 AMQuestion #36: Provide the estimated expenditure increase and revenue increase associated with increasing the number of Red Light Cameras in the City up to the maximum allowed by the Code of Virginia?
4/4/2017 11:19:18 AMQuestion #35: What is the capital expansion plan for Capital Bikeshare in FY 2018?
4/4/2017 11:13:45 AMQuestion #34: Would it be possible to build a school on the land behind Hammond Field?
4/4/2017 11:06:20 AMQuestion #33: What would the cost be to implement a 3-days a week Power-Up program at Hammond, instead of implementing the full cut?
4/3/2017 3:28:14 PMQuestion #32: Why is funding needed in FY 2018 for the Courthouse/PSC Security System and what would be the impact of deferring the project to a later year?
3/31/2017 4:00:26 PMQuestion #31: What is the Library circulation per capita in comparison to other jurisdictions?
3/31/2017 1:27:43 PMQuestion #30: Are there opportunities associated with the Pavement in Parks Capital Program to expand permeable surfaces to meet storm water obligations?
3/31/2017 12:33:39 PMQuestion #29: Can you please provide the revenue and expenditure impacts of a restoration of the AHOP if the Council were to consider adopting all, or some portion of, the Supplemental CIP?
3/31/2017 12:18:09 PMQuestion #28: Unbudgeted Increase In Employee Health Insurance Rates
3/31/2017 10:03:29 AMQuestion #27: What is the breakout of ACPS healthcare premiums between the employer and employees?
3/30/2017 1:21:52 PMQuestion #26: Can you please provide funding/staffing alternatives to accelerate land-use planning initiatives contained in the proposed FY 2018 Interdepartmental Long Range Planning Work Program?
3/29/2017 8:12:21 AMQuestion #25: Could resources be shifted from the Tree & Shrub Capital Maintenance project to allow for proactive maintenance to be implemented earlier?
3/28/2017 2:15:53 PMQuestion #24: How much revenue will the garden plot and pavilion rental fee increases generate and how do the pool fee rates compare to other jurisdictions?
3/28/2017 9:43:42 AMQuestion #23: Did ACPS teachers receive pay increases every year since 2008?
3/28/2017 9:15:09 AMQuestion #22: How would increasing the business personal property tax rate impact different types of businesses?
3/22/2017 4:15:31 PMQuestion #21: The Supplemental Capital Program includes $15.0 million for Waterfront Small Area Plan Implementation. What plan initiatives are proposed to be addressed with this funding?
3/21/2017 12:21:41 PMQuestion #20: The proposed CIP proposes a new CFMP for 2355 Mill Road. What is the long-term plan for this facility and the adjacent property?
3/20/2017 4:03:06 PMQuestion #19: Please prepare a summary and graph of the City's unfunded OPEB liability and history.
3/20/2017 2:23:17 PMQuestion #18: Can you provide additional information on the $178k required for the courthouse exit sign replacement?
3/20/2017 12:46:43 PMQuestion #17: What are the plans for the remaining balance in the BRAC Neighborhood Protection Plan capital project?
3/20/2017 9:03:22 AMQuestion #16: Can you please provide the revenue estimates for 50%, 75% and 100% increases in the sanitary sewer fee as well as potential expenditure changes if increased FY 2018 revenue?
3/15/2017 1:02:02 PMQuestion #15: What would it cost to provide funding for one new affordable housing development project annually?
3/15/2017 7:59:25 AMQuestion #14: What is the history of the budget for all non-ACPS accounts for the Patrick Henry Recreation Center? What elements are included in the budget for the grounds?
3/14/2017 1:03:49 PMQuestion #13: Can you provide a detailing of the current capacity and funding of the City’s Opioid Treatment Program? What additional funding would be required to address increasing demand?
3/14/2017 12:26:52 PMQuestion #12: Does the Business Tax System Capital Program address this recommendation? What additional expenditure would be required?
3/14/2017 12:24:29 PMQuestion #11: Can you please provide a detailing of the number of children served across the Early Childhood Program Area?
3/14/2017 11:09:34 AMQuestion #10: What is the impact on the real estate tax rate of fully funding the Supplemental CIP? How would fully funding the Supplemental CIP impact the City’s debt ratios?
3/14/2017 10:58:44 AMQuestion #9: What is the additional debt capacity in the proposed new debt policy beyond what is being proposed in the CIP?
3/14/2017 10:25:09 AMQuestion #8: What is the household tax and fee impact of the proposed budget on different types of residential units?
3/13/2017 10:05:40 AMQuestion #7: How much would it cost to keep the current hours the same (from 9am to 9pm) at Ramsey and at Cora Kelly rather than cut them to 2pm to 9pm?
3/10/2017 2:01:54 PMQuestion #6: Please prepare a list of all of the revenue changes proposed in the FY2018 budget.
3/10/2017 12:08:30 PMQuestion #5: How many City-wide assessments of street light outages are funded in the proposed budget? What would be the cost to fund quarterly or monthly assessments?
3/9/2017 3:22:01 PMQuestion #4: What is the impact of an increase in personal property tax at the rate of 50 cents as provided in the supplemental CIP for a car valued at $30,000 and one valued at $18,000?
3/6/2017 2:34:16 PMQuestion #3: How much would the real estate tax rate and average tax bill increase if the ACPS operating transfer was fully funded?
2/28/2017 3:15:07 PMQuestion #2: What is included in the FY 2018 proposed budget as a Contingency for Economic and Budget Uncertainty?
2/24/2017 4:37:13 PMQuestion #1: Proposed Schedule and Add/Delete Process for FY 2018 Budget Deliberations