Fiscal Year 2019 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 2019 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.

5/1/2018 4:30:42 PMCompleteQuestion #70: Summary of Final Add/Delete Work Session
4/26/2018 4:20:54 PMCompleteQuestion #69: Revised Add/Delete List for Consideration in the Final Add/Delete Worksession
4/20/2018 4:30:55 PMCompleteQuestion #68: Provide the Preliminary Add/Delete List
4/19/2018 3:00:54 PMCompleteQuestion #66: What would be the revenue produced if 1) there was no cap on development fees or 2) if that cap was lifted to $100,000?
4/19/2018 3:00:23 PMCompleteQuestion #65: How was the number ($100k) for additional training funds determined? And how much do we currently have in training funds that are used?
4/19/2018 2:59:25 PMCompleteQuestion #64: What amount of revenue would an increase in the meals tax rate or transient occupancy tax rate generate for general operating and capital expenditure needs?
4/18/2018 5:26:07 PMCompleteQuestion #67: If there is Council interest in increasing the restaurant meals tax from 4% to 5% and to fund affordable housing with it, what are some of the options on how this could be budgeted?
4/17/2018 6:01:41 PMCompleteQuestion #63: Provide an overview of the funding impact of the state legislation related to WMATA capital funding.
4/13/2018 6:22:00 PMCompleteQuestion #61: Provide a summary of revenue re-estimates and technical adjustments for add/delete.
4/13/2018 6:07:45 PMCompleteQuestion #62: BFAAC Report on the City Manager's Proposed Budget for FY 2019
4/12/2018 2:43:29 PMCompleteQuestion #59: Provide information on the cost of serving all youth who apply for the Teenswork (summer youth employment program).
4/12/2018 2:42:10 PMCompleteQuestion #60: Provide cost to reinstate the Experienced Worker position that assisted older adults in employment.
4/12/2018 9:08:37 AMCompleteQuestion #58: How many of the City’s firefighters are female?
4/11/2018 5:54:13 PMCompleteQuestion #57: List the public safety related fees (excluding bail), the amount of revenue they bring in, and where our fees might compare to local jurisdictions.
4/10/2018 9:23:44 AMCompleteQuestion #56: What would it cost to extend the living wage ordinance to include capital project contractors?
4/6/2018 2:18:50 PMCompleteQuestion #55: What would the budget impact be if the City were to increase its purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to offset the equivalent of 100% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions?
4/3/2018 8:36:58 AMCompleteQuestion #53: What plans does the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities have to install new or replacement artificial fields?
3/30/2018 5:05:10 PMCompleteQuestion #52: Provide a budget memo on staff’s perspective on DASH’s requests.
3/30/2018 11:54:24 AMCompleteQuestion #40: Provide the expenditure savings of capping the elderly/disabled real estate tax abatement program at valuations of $1 million and a deferral program alternative for eligible homeowners?
3/30/2018 11:45:29 AMCompleteQuestion #51: What is the cumulative impact of budget decisions on City services since the recession began?
3/30/2018 11:45:02 AMCompleteQuestion #50: How does the City's Proposed 10-year (FY 2019 to FY 2028) CIP impact the City's outstanding debt?
3/30/2018 11:44:23 AMCompleteQuestion #49: What is the fiscal impact of expanding the police departments Car Take Home program?
3/30/2018 11:43:27 AMCompleteQuestion #48: Provide information/alternatives on the necessity of, and funding for the new Computer Programmer Analyst II that has been proposed to support the City’s Server Infrastructure?
3/30/2018 11:37:57 AMCompleteQuestion #47: Provide additional information on the necessity of, and funding for the new Technology Support Engineer III that has been proposed to support the City’s Emergency Operation Center?
3/30/2018 11:31:48 AMCompleteQuestion #46: Provide the expenditure impacts of the following options (new hires, a hotline/reward system, other initiatives) for removing illegal firearms from our community.
3/30/2018 11:20:43 AMCompleteQuestion #45: Provide the estimated expenditure savings that would be achieved by consolidating all employees and dependents on either Kaiser or our self-funded United Healthcare Insurance offerings?
3/30/2018 11:17:40 AMCompleteQuestion #44: What is the purpose of the allocation for the $100,000 for the pistol range?
3/30/2018 11:15:53 AMCompleteQuestion #43: Provide the revenue impact of increasing the BPOL rates for Renting of Residential Property and Renting of Commercial Property up to the state maximum.
3/30/2018 11:05:34 AMCompleteQuestion #42: Explain the difference between the Potomac Yard Special Tax District Transfer (FY18 Budget vs. current FY18 projections) and how that differential informed the FY 2019 proposed transfer?
3/30/2018 10:36:57 AMCompleteQuestion #41: What would be the revenue impact of lowering the threshold set by the Business License Tax for Rental of Dwelling Units to those who rent 5 or more units, or eliminating it altogether?
3/30/2018 10:30:33 AMCompleteQuestion #54: Provide an update to FY 2018 Budget Question #5 (How many City-wide Assessments of street light outages are funded in the Proposed budget?) and the status of mobile application reporting
3/30/2018 10:29:02 AMCompleteQuestion #39: What would be the financial impact -- overtime, additional staff-- if the firefighters and medics workweek was 4 or 6 hours less?
3/30/2018 10:23:06 AMCompleteQuestion #38: What would it take to ensure that our investment policies are consistent with Council social policy/resolutions/etc?
3/30/2018 10:19:48 AMCompleteQuestion #37: Provide the schedule or table that show the future anticipated pension fund ARC.
3/30/2018 10:19:20 AMCompleteQuestion #36: How much funding could be generated by the hotel tax if it were increased at various levels?
3/29/2018 2:52:44 PMCompleteQuestion #35: Provide the current timetable for implementation of additional taxpayer self-service tools/capability funded under the existing funding in the Phone, Web, Portable Device Payment project
3/29/2018 2:29:10 PMCompleteQuestion #34: Provide a refresh of FY 2018 Budget Question 12 regarding the creation of a Business Tax Web Portal to ease the submission of business tax returns and payments.
3/29/2018 2:25:28 PMCompleteQuestion #33: Provide detail and timing for the planning, design and Council actions funded from the FY 2019 allocation for the City Hall Renovation project?
3/29/2018 2:15:23 PMCompleteQuestion #32: Provide an overall update as to the implementation of the IACP staffing study which recommends the addition of 6 FTE Traffic Safety Sworn Officers?
3/29/2018 2:07:07 PMCompleteQuestion #31: If filled, what is the revenue impact of the 5 Parking Enforcement Officer positions? What changes can be made to ensure that attraction and retention of these positions in the future?
3/29/2018 2:00:27 PMCompleteQuestion #30: What formula determines the number of school crossing guards allocated at each school across the City? How are the crossing guards in the City assigned?
3/29/2018 1:48:31 PMCompleteQuestion #29: What formula is used to determine the staffing of an additional 0.5 FTE fire marshal? Are there applicable revenue sources available to offset this addition (fees, etc)?
3/29/2018 1:38:51 PMCompleteQuestion #28: Provide a detailing of the expenditure impacts and the expenditure estimates (by start date) for the proposed adjustment scenarios under consideration by the Public Safety Workgroup.
3/29/2018 11:58:38 AMCompleteQuestion #27: How does the proposed staffing for the reopened Patrick Henry Recreation Center compare to other recreation centers in the City? What model does staff use to determine staffing?
3/29/2018 11:51:12 AMCompleteQuestion #26: What would be the implications of transferring the existing General Fund Housing Trust Fund contribution to the CIP to be scheduled and funded as a multi-year capital project?
3/29/2018 11:41:59 AMCompleteQuestion #25: Provide the latest Service Report and Financial Report delivered under the Memorandum of Agreement between Inova Alexandria Hospital and the City.
3/29/2018 11:02:47 AMCompleteQuestion #24: Provide a detailing of the number of children served across the Early Childhood Program Area and the cost breakdown / estimates of the current waiting lists of each service area?
3/29/2018 10:50:21 AMCompleteQuestion #23: The proposed budget reflects CSA match savings as a result of lower foster care caseloads. How has this reduction in caseload impacts staffing levels?
3/29/2018 10:44:30 AMCompleteQuestion #22: Should our spendable fund balance limits be adjusted given bond rating agency expectations?
3/29/2018 10:43:59 AMCompleteQuestion #21: Provide the history of usage of the self-insurance reserve. Does the new stop-loss insurance reduce the need for this reserve level?
3/29/2018 10:38:43 AMCompleteQuestion #20: Please provide the estimated revenue impacts and expenditure reductions from elimination of the annual vehicle personal property tax decal.
3/29/2018 10:32:19 AMCompleteQuestion #19: Provide an update of FY 18 Budget Question 48 “Reduction Proposals Not Taken”?
3/29/2018 10:27:02 AMCompleteQuestion #18: What public safety pay adjustments were implemented in the last five years? How does Public Safety pay compare to other jurisdictions?
3/29/2018 10:22:36 AMCompleteQuestion #17: What would the Hotel Tax rate need to be to fully pay for the Trolley?
3/29/2018 10:15:27 AMCompleteQuestion #16: Prepare a budget memo that offers all alternative funding sources and options for public safety recruitment and retention. Why will the money increase if implemented in Oct vs Jul 1?
3/29/2018 10:05:05 AMCompleteQuestion #15: Notify City Council of a required technical adjustment for the Department of Community and Human Services.
3/26/2018 3:44:46 PMCompleteQuestion #14: Provide a breakdown of the specific projects programmed for FY 2019 – FY 2021 as part of the Athletic Field Improvements capital project.
3/26/2018 3:24:17 PMCompleteQuestion #13: If Council chose to reflect the reserved bond capacity within a contingency CIP project, what would be the most effective way to do so while reflecting the debt and cash capital impacts?
3/26/2018 2:55:49 PMCompleteQuestion #12: What was the nature of the contract services associated with recycling collection? What scope will now be performed internally?
3/23/2018 4:09:56 PMCompleteQuestion #11: Provide a memo to City Council regarding four person staffing of Fire Engine and Truck Companies and the Heavy Rescue Company.
3/14/2018 4:32:51 PMCompleteQuestion #10: A memo from the City Manager to City Council regarding Police and Fire turnover and the cost of a payscale wide Public Safety salary increase.
3/14/2018 1:56:51 PMCompleteQuestion #09: Provide a memo to City Council with additional background on the long-term forecasting of City debt, debt service, and debt ratios.
3/8/2018 3:22:13 PMCompleteQuestion #08: Why are Affordable Housing projects not considered as part of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP)?
3/8/2018 3:21:24 PMCompleteQuestion #07: Provide a memo to update City Council on discussions with private partners on the Municipal Fiber project.
3/8/2018 3:20:42 PMCompleteQuestion #06: Provide a list of examples of street segments that have been repaved and the manhole covers are flush with the pavement.
2/28/2018 12:03:47 PMCompleteQuestion #04: What would a 1% increase in the meals tax generate for Affordable Housing? What could alternative proposals to the meals tax increase generate for Affordable Housing?
2/28/2018 11:54:21 AMCompleteQuestion #03: What would a $0.04 increase (from $1.26 to $1.30) and a $0.09 increase (from $1.26 to $1.35) in the cigarette tax generate? What has the cigarette tax funded in the past?
2/28/2018 11:49:05 AMCompleteQuestion #02: How much revenue would be generated if residential parking permits were increased, particularly for households with more than two vehicles?
2/28/2018 11:47:59 AMCompleteQuestion #05: What would be the cost of staffing each of the City’s 14 elementary schools with one School Resource Officer (SRO)? Are there other ways to improve security?
2/16/2018 5:03:01 PMCompleteQuestion #01: What is the proposed schedule and add/delete process for FY 2019 budget deliberations?