Budget Highlights

FY2024 Adopted Budget Facts

Total adopted budget for FY2024 is $330.90 million

  • $177.33 million for expenditure on City Services
  • $153.57 million for expenditure on Capital Projects
  • FY2023 amended budget is $321.23 million
  • The adopted budget is $9.67 million more than the previous year amended budget due to $4.39 million increase in the operating budget and $5.28 million increase in capital budget.
  • Funding for the FY2024 adopted budget is based on the adopted tax rate of $0.395 per $100 valuation, a reduction of $0.020526 from fiscal year FY2023 and $0.001783 less than the no-new-revenue rate of $0.396783.   

Major initiatives include funding for:

  • A personnel budget for 685.00 positions which is an addition of 10.00 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions (9.00 FTE in General Fund, and 1.00 FTE in Utility Fund) for the following: 
    • (2) PRN Paramedics for peak time (2.0 FTE)
    • (1) Lead Animal Care Technician to be hired January 2024 (1.0 FTE)
    • (1) Lead Animal Protection Officer to be hired January 2024 (1.0 FTE)
    • (1) Construction Inspector to be hired January 2024 (1.0 FTE)
    • (1) HVAC Specialist to be hired January 2024 (1.0 FTE)
    • (1) Reclass of part-time to full-time IT Specialist I (additional 0.5 FTE)
    • (1) Application Software Specialist to be hired January 2024 (1.0 FTE)
    • (1) Public Education Specialist for Fire Marshal to be hired January 2024 (1.0 FTE)
    • (1) Part-time Custodian for Parks Recreation (0.5 FTE)
    • (1) Customer Service Lead for Utility Billing to be hired March 2024 (1.0 FTE)
    • Authorization for Police to over-hire six (6) Police Officer positions
    • Authorization for Police to over-hire two (2) Telecommunicator positions
    • Reclass Circulation Supervisor to a Senior Librarian
    • Reclass Technical Services Clerk to Acquisitions Specialist III
    • Reclass Technical Services Clerk to Acquisitions Specialist II
    • Reclass Circulation Clerk to Library Services Specialist III
    • Reclass two (2) Circulation Clerks to Library Services Specialist I
    • Reclass three (3) Technical Services Clerks to Technical Services Specialist III
    • Reclass Park Maintenance Worker to Facilities Service Technician
    • Reclass Parks Crew Leader to Maintenance Supervisor
    • Reclass Utility Maintenance Worker to Right of Way Technician
    • Reclass Senior Plant Operator to Drinking Water Quality Specialist
  • Continuation of the reinvestment program at a reduced funding level 
  • Increases in windstorm and workers comp insurances
  • Compensation increases, including 2.5% merit and 2.5% cost of living for civilian employees as well as 4% cost of living and STEP raises for civil service employees
  • Anticipated increase of $541,366 in Solid Waste over FY2023 year-end estimate due to increased cost of the service and growth in number of households serviced which is offset with refuse collection revenues
  • Funding for 4 new vehicles for new positions in FY2024:
    • Ford F150 4x4 Extended Cab (Construction Inspector)
    • Ford F150 4x2 Extended Cab (HVAC Specialist)
    • Ford F150 Extended Cab (Public Education Specialist)
    • Ford F50 Extended Cab (Right of Way Technician)
  • Grant Funded Rapid Response Medical UTV (80% General Fund at $65,220 and 20% Fire/EMS Donated Fund at $8,200)
  • Funding for a new Chevrolet Tahoe with Police Equipment Package based on majority of police officer positions being filled ($101,000)
  • Funding to establish a new body-camera contract to include police tasers ($52,000)
  • Funding for forty-two (42) Flock safety license plate readers ($105,000)
  • Funding for Fire Department equipment: Specialty Fit Bunker Gear ($4,065), Canopies/Tent for Pop-Up Events ($2,500), Mail Chimp subscription ($240), Cordico Mental Health App for First Responders ($14,250), consumables for Marine 2 ($2,000), and pressure testing for hazmat suits ($2,000)
  • Funding for price increases for Fire Department hose, ladder and pump testing, bunker gear cleaning, inspection, and repair and compressor maintenance
  • Funding for Firefighter longevity cost increases for additional firefighters ($16,173) and VFIS Cancer policy ($9,098)
  • Funding for Ventilators for EMS ($51,210), replacement EKG Monitor Defibrillator for EMS ($113,027), replacement Stairchairs for EMS ($19,180), and Communication Gear with Ear Pro for EMS ($4,000)
  • Funding for vehicle laptop docks and portable printers for Neighborhood Services ($7,869)
  • Funding for body cameras for Code Officers ($5,398)
  • Funding for oak tree maintenance for Park Operations ($70,000)
  • Funding for Holiday in the Park ($7,050)
  • Funding for Patrons of the Parks and Arts Foundation ($7,050)
  • Funding for Compensation Training for Human Resources ($7,000)
  • Funding for NEO GOV Texting application ($1,400)
  • Funding for ZacTax software for Budget Office ($10,000)
  • Funding for increase in associate judge’s hourly compensation rate ($20,500)
  • Funding for increase in rough cut mowing contract for Streets & Traffic ($21,971)
  • Funding for iPads for Streets & Traffic ($7,965)
  • Funding for Solar Arrow Board for Streets & Traffic ($6,550)
  • Funding for Traffic Control Message Board for Streets & Traffic ($21,899)
  • Increase in banking fees in Accounting & Utility Billing
  • Funding for a PWOC 2,000-gallon diesel fueling center ($33,738 in General Fund and $33,737 in Utility Fund)
  • Funding for replacement Motorola Radios for Public Works ($57,600)
  • Funding for Bin Blocks (spoil management) ($32,190) split between Streets & Line Repair
  • Funding for an Aluminum Trench Box in Line Repair ($28,457)
  • Additional funding for utility system and repair cost for Line Repair ($105,000)
  • Funding of $60,000 to update the Utility Financial Plan and Rate Study
  • Funding for increases to water contract purchases ($594,199)
  • Additional funding to replace 133 1.5-inch registers and 490 2-inch registers at their end of life for Utility Billing ($198,000)
  • Water Department Lead and Copper Rule Revisions program year 2 ($25,000)
  • Funding of $108,243 in the water department for the City’s portion for multiple improvement projects associated with the South Transmission System with Gulf Coast Water Authority (GCWA)
  • Funding in the Fire/EMS Donated Fund:
    • Grant Funded Rapid Response Medical UTV (80% General Fund at $65,220 and 20% Fire/EMS Donated Fund at $8,200)
    • Technical Rescue Gear ($6,193)
    • Replacement 8 Scott X3 Pro FF Air Packs ($72,000)
    • funding in Fire/EMS Donation fund to pay for state deployments of Fire and EMS personnel to assist other departments in times of disaster until reimbursed by the State ($40,000)
  • Funding in 4B M&O fund for Hometown Heroes Park operations:
    • Mini Excavator (80% General Fund of $33,688 and 20% 4B of $8,422)
  • Funding in Asset Forfeiture fund for the following:
    • Lenco Bearcat Rescue Vehicle ($399,150)
    • Mediburn 30 Incinerator ($52,350)
    • DJI Mavic 3E and 3T Drones ($32,090)
  • Funding in the Library Gift fund to replace pieces of existing family place kits and purchase additional kits ($3,500),
  • Funding in the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax fund for operational needs after the Visitor Center opens at the Burd House in FY2023 ($15,000), and funding for the Destinations International Annual Conference ($1,500)
  • Funding in the Public Access Channel fund to complete the repurposing of the building, run our fiber network from the Public Safety Building west to Public Works Operations Center (PWOC), and connect additional buildings
  • Funding in the Tree Preservation fund for replacement trees at the Countryside Bark Park ($10,000)
  • Remaining funds in the Winter Storm URI fund and COVID FEMA Public Assistance fund are available to establish funding for OPEB trust fund
  • Continued funding in the COVID ARPA, HMGP Disaster Recovery, and Hurricane Harvey funds to invest grant funds as authorized
  • Programming a transfer of remaining funds in the Hurricane Nicholas fund back to the General Fund
  • An Opioid Abatement fund has been established using funds received through the Opioid Abatement Settlement issued in 2023 by the State of Texas in an effort to assist communities harmed through the National and Statewide epidemic caused by illicit opioid use and distribution.

Citywide

  FY2023 Amended Budget
FY2024 Proposed Budget
Workshop Changes FY2024 1st Reading Budget First Reading Changes FY2024 2nd Reading Budget
Operating Budget
$172,940,333
$177,860,894
($1,257,875)
$176,603,019 $729,500 $177,332,519
Capital Budget  $148,293,872
$153,347,670
($500,000) $152,847,670 $725,000 $153,572,670
Grand Total  $321,234,205
$331,208,564
($1,757,875)
$329,450,689 $1,454,500 $330,905,189