City Budget Breakdown
Utilities, Infrastructure, Growth Management
The presentation is scheduled for 11am, with citizen input beginning at 6pm. Budget approval, which must pass on three readings, is scheduled for Sept. 11-13. Wells Dunbar
Overall budget is $1.12 billion, which is primarily funded (89%) via service area revenue.
Operations and Maintenance, including fuel costs, account for 67% of AE's budget.
AE pays 95% of Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services' $6.1 million budget.
The Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office manages construction of some of Austin's largest development projects, including Second Street, Block 21, and the planned Seaholm development.
Overall budget is $342.1 million, primarily funded (94%) by water sales and wastewater service.
Austin Water Utility
Debt Service is the most expensive of the utility's costs, accounting for 41.2% of the budget and $140 million in "debt transfers."
AWU is planning a rate increase of 7.1% (5.2% on water, and 9.2% on wastewater). According to Toby Futrell, Austin's average monthly bill of $49.95 would rise to $54.
Overall budget is $71.1 million, primarily funded via residential and commercial utility drainage fees.
Watershed Protection and Development Review
Includes: $13.6 million in funding for the "one stop shop" (a streamlined developer and builder permitting and regulatory group).
Adds: $515,000 for four full-time employees for faster building inspection, $308,000 to assist with residential zoning and commercial plan review.
Overall budget is $61.5 million, primarily funded via transportation user fees imposed on residential and commercial customers, and charges on the city's Capital Improvement Projects. Includes:
$4.8 million transferred into the Transportation Fund's $36 million budget (which performs maintenance and repairs on the city's streets)
$2 million transferred into the Capital Projects Management Fund's $19.6 million budget (which oversees the city's Capital Improvement Projects)
$4.5 million overall budget. Includes:
Neighborhood Planning and Zoning
$1.34 million for neighborhood planning
$1.15 million for "current planning services" (Zoning cases management, historic preservation and zoning, annexation)
Takes in $216,000 in revenue, an increase due to "a higher volume of permit applications and permit reviews."
Adds: $66,000 for one full-time employee to assist with transportation and planning cases
Unfunded adds: $333,000 for one full-time employee to expedite implementation of neighborhood plans