Fiscal Year 2021 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 2021 budget process are listed and searchable below by subject.  Click the question's title to view the full question (which may have been abbreviated to fit the title character allotment) and 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. For convenience, the “Printable Version” of every question and answer for the FY 2021 budget development process has also been combined into a single PDF.

5/18/2020 1:03:21 PMCompleteQuestion # 62: Please provide final budget comment submitted online after the FY 2021 Revised 2.0 Budget Presentation.
4/17/2020 5:49:25 PMCompleteQuestion # 61: Please provide budget comments submitted online regarding the FY 2021 Proposed Budget.
4/16/2020 9:20:03 AMCompleteQuestion # 60: What are the potential revenues, costs, benefits and drawbacks of implementing the disposable plastic bag tax recently allowed by the State?
3/30/2020 1:14:18 PMCompleteQuestion # 58:Please provide budget details about the Taylor Run Stream Restoration Project.
3/30/2020 1:11:21 PMCompleteQuestion # 59: Does the City of Alexandria have the ability to enter into voluntary collection agreements or similar arrangements with VRBO and HomeAway?
3/24/2020 9:57:50 AMCompleteQuestion # 57: Regarding Medicaid revenue collections, how does the City of Alexandria compare with neighboring jurisdictions? Is there any additional Medicaid revenue that could be collected?
3/24/2020 9:53:52 AMCompleteQuestion # 56: Please provide updated comparator information charts for Police, Fire, Sheriff and General Scale employees using FY 2021 Proposed budgets.
3/16/2020 3:24:00 PMCompleteQuestion # 55: Please provide budget comments submitted online regarding the FY 2021 Proposed Budget.
3/16/2020 3:22:51 PMCompleteQuestion # 54: Please provide a history of past compensation studies for DCHS, T&ES, RPCA& and DGS job classifications.
3/16/2020 3:21:29 PMCompleteQuestion # 53: Please provide a history of retiree life insurance changes.
3/16/2020 3:19:23 PMCompleteQuestion # 52: What is the breakdown of health insurance covered lives (employees, spouses, dependents)? How many employees/covered lives use Kaiser? United HealthCare?
3/16/2020 3:13:31 PMCompleteQuestion # 51: What is the total number of Special Merit pays provided last year?
3/16/2020 3:11:10 PMCompleteQuestion # 50: Please provide a benefit comparison with comparators similar to slide 7 of the Compensation Work Session.
3/16/2020 3:09:29 PMCompleteQuestion # 49: Can staff compile exit interview reasons for departing city service by year?
3/16/2020 3:06:36 PMCompleteQuestion # 48: Of the 177 job classifications reviewed in the General Scale study, what is the range (highest and lowest) and what classification titles are in that range?
3/16/2020 3:03:33 PMCompleteQuestion # 47: Please provide a map of where the City recruits applicants from and the overall job applications in a year.
3/15/2020 8:03:15 PMCompleteQuestion # 46: What is the comparison of the difference in State education from FY 2020 and FY 2021?
3/10/2020 4:08:45 PMCompleteQuestion # 45: What are the details from Northern Virginia Community College staff on the college’s requests for FY 2021 operating and capital assistance?
3/10/2020 4:00:35 PMCompleteQuestion # 44: Please provide a memorandum regarding Council Aide compensation and benefits for City Council consideration.
2/27/2020 6:40:44 PMCompleteQuestion # 42: What activities are planned to utilize the WasteSmart Implementation Contingency proposed for FY 2021?
2/27/2020 6:38:20 PMCompleteQuestion # 43: Can you provide a refresh of FY 2020 Budget Question 21?
2/27/2020 6:37:22 PMCompleteQuestion # 41: What is the estimated fiscal and operational impact of ending the outsourced relationship for recycling collection and insourcing this service?
2/27/2020 6:35:13 PMCompleteQuestion # 39: What would be the fiscal impact of extending the outdoor pool season past Labor Day into September?
2/27/2020 6:34:13 PMCompleteQuestion # 38: Can you provide a refresh of FY 2020 Budget Question 18?
2/27/2020 6:33:12 PMCompleteQuestion # 37: Explain the proposed capital investments.
2/27/2020 6:31:36 PMCompleteQuestion # 36: The proposed CIP proposes the use of TIP funds to finance Street Reconstruction & Resurfacing beginning in FY 2023. How does this proposed use align with the purpose of the TIP?
2/27/2020 6:30:33 PMCompleteQuestion # 35: Can you provide the timing and proposed process for determining a future site of Fire Station 207?
2/27/2020 6:29:36 PMCompleteQuestion # 34: What are the ROM costs of the major components of the City Hall Renovation project? What alternatives to the full project scope have been considered?
2/27/2020 6:28:37 PMCompleteQuestion # 33: Improvements for Ewald Park are proposed in two separate capital projects. Can you provide an overview of the scope and timing of the overall Ewald improvements?
2/27/2020 6:27:23 PMCompleteQuestion # 32: In addition to a reduction of the funds available for open space acquisition, the proposed CIP shifts to exclusively bond finance for open space. How are these funds utilized?
2/27/2020 6:25:44 PMCompleteQuestion # 31: The proposed budget indicates that we will switch back to cash financing of fire apparatus yet proposes a decade of bond-financed investment in fire apparatus.
2/27/2020 6:24:32 PMCompleteQuestion # 30: Provide a status update on the facility condition for Fire Station 206. What improvements are planned over the next 10 years to maintain state of good repair for this facility.
2/27/2020 6:23:16 PMCompleteQuestion # 29: Provide a history of improvements made to Holmes Run Trail.
2/27/2020 6:21:20 PMCompleteQuestion # 28: How are current projects performing within the costing guidelines? Are projects being completed under or over budget?
2/27/2020 6:20:27 PMCompleteQuestion # 27: Please provide a list of school properties and which entity owns the property.
2/27/2020 6:18:43 PMCompleteQuestion # 26: What is the estimated cost of the dog park master plan update listed in the FY 2021 long-range work program?
2/27/2020 6:17:44 PMCompleteQuestion # 25: Update of the summary pay comparator charts showing the results of the compensation recommendations included in the proposed budget.
2/27/2020 6:16:55 PMCompleteQuestion # 24: How do our demolition fees compare to other jurisdictions?
2/27/2020 6:16:08 PMCompleteQuestion # 23: What is the cost of making the books in the Watson Reading Room available for borrowing in the Alexandria Library System?
2/27/2020 6:15:01 PMCompleteQuestion # 22: What is the cost and listing of current vacant positions that have been vacant for over 12 months?
2/27/2020 6:13:52 PMCompleteQuestion # 21: Provide an update of the Gridlock Reduction Program FY 2009 memo with current fiscal impacts.
2/27/2020 6:12:02 PMCompleteQuestion # 20: Provide an update of the Park Alexandria program from FY 2008 with current fiscal impacts.
2/20/2020 4:13:46 PMCompleteQuestion # 19: Please provide any budget comments and feedback submitted online after the Proposed Budget presentation on February 18, 2020.
2/20/2020 4:06:00 PMCompleteQuestion # 18: Please provide any budget comments and feedback received prior to Proposed budget release.
2/20/2020 12:56:45 PMCompleteQuestion # 17: Please provide the impact of the WayFair sales tax dollars.
2/20/2020 12:55:40 PMCompleteQuestion # 16: What percent of total ambulance billing revenue comes from insurance companies and how are neighboring jurisdictions recovering costs?
2/20/2020 12:52:33 PMCompleteQuestion # 15: Where and when will the expanded summer learning and full-day Pre-K included in the FY 2021 proposed and how many Head Start students will benefit?
2/20/2020 12:49:31 PMCompleteQuestion # 14: What would it cost the City to create a First Source Hiring program?
2/20/2020 12:47:12 PMCompleteQuestion # 13: What would be the cost and benefits associated with creating a multi-lingual office or division of immigration affairs?
2/20/2020 12:44:45 PMCompleteQuestion # 12: What is the admissions tax? Who contributes to this revenue source and if changes were requested, what steps are necessary to update this item?
2/20/2020 12:42:34 PMCompleteQuestion # 11: What are the total number of fire and emergency medical calls compared to our comparators?
2/20/2020 12:35:42 PMCompleteQuestion # 10: What is the cost if the retroactive application of the current promotional rule was applied to all eligible employees?
2/20/2020 12:33:30 PMCompleteQuestion # 09: Please provide a list of departmental supplemental requests not funded in the FY 2021 Budget.
2/20/2020 12:30:19 PMCompleteQuestion # 08: Can you provide an update of the FY 2020 Budget Question 11, Reduction Proposals Not Taken?
2/20/2020 11:58:41 AMCompleteQuestion # 07: What are other local jurisdictions contributing to the COG Chesapeake Bay Farm to Table initiatives?
2/20/2020 11:49:47 AMCompleteQuestion # 06: What would it cost to add glass recycling at the farmer's markets?
2/20/2020 11:48:43 AMCompleteQuestion # 05: How many streets are named after Confederate generals, soldiers or political figures in Alexandria?
2/20/2020 11:44:46 AMCompleteQuestion # 04: What resources would be necessary for OHA to create a more pro-active Oral History Program?
2/20/2020 11:37:05 AMCompleteQuestion # 03: Please provide a regional comparison on the City's promotional policy.
2/20/2020 11:32:23 AMCompleteQuestion # 02: How many commercial customers participate in the City's waste collection service?
2/18/2020 2:23:06 PMCompleteQuestion # 01: Proposed schedule and add/delete process for FY 2021 Budget Deliberations