The Major Budget Initiatives

New funding
Sources Affected Depts Details
Neighborhood Policing 3,060,685 General Fund, grants Police Part of overall reorganization of APD; new funding includes $1.5 million Federal grant
Workforce Development 472,924 Tax abatements HHS Some components (including child care and summer jobs) actually see funding cuts
Homeless Initiative 1,118,158 General Fund, CDBG HHS Most of multi-million dollar initiative to be funded through grants
Austin Pub Library 1,151,385 General Fund Library No cuts to Austin History Center, but Youth Services staff reduced
Organizational Health 153,318 General Fund All depts Pays for increasing City's minimum wage to $8 by year-end
Transportation, General 1,714,201 GF, Capital Budget, Fleet/Vehicle funds All (esp. Pub. Wks) Pays for alternative fuels for City vehicles, ADA curb ramps,and pilot pay-not-to-park program
Transportation, Peds/Bikes 115,000 General Fund Public Works New staff for ped/bike plan program. ADA-related projects included above
Transportation, Traffic Mgmt 322,219 General Fund Police New officers to increase DWI and IH-35 traffic enforcement
Smart Growth 251,440 General Fund PECSD Adds new staff
Neighborhood Planning 70,245 General Fund PECSD Adds new staff
Annexation 14,128,856 All funds All depts Includes $4.4 million for city-assumed MUD debt; annexed property assessed at $2 billion
Maintenance 2,526,206 GF, Transporation Fund Many depts New vehicles, roof repairs, library maintenance, roadwork, etc.
Year 2000 7,000,000 All funds All depts Goal to certify all City computers as Y2K-compliant by Jan. 1
Housing Initiative 4,726,067 GF, CDBG, Federal funds NHCDO NHCDO to be reorganized to "realign the housing agenda"



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