'Service Reductions' and 'Unmet Needs'

Proposed cuts to the departmental budgets

'Service Reductions' and 'Unmet Needs'

Each General Fund department was asked to propose potential cuts to departmental budgets to be considered by public and city officials. In addition, each department was also asked to prioritize needs that are currently unmet within their department responsibilities and to propose budgetary additions for public and managerial consideration.

City Department* Proposed Cuts Unmet Needs
Parks and Recreation $994,000 $2,141,000
Health and Human Services 482,000 2,501,000
Police 3,391,000 3,382,500
Fire 2,104,000 1,846,500
EMS 674,000 2,496,000
Library 993,000 518,500
Municipal Court 120,000 257,500
Planning & Development Review 120,000 859,000
Code Compliance - 716,000
Total for All Departments $8,878,000$14,718,000

* Not listed are $434,000 in cuts to support services and $4.4 million in needs for support services and fleet services, bringing cuts to $9.3 million, needs to $19.2 million.

The 'Service Reductions' List

Proposed cuts to the departmental budgets

Parks and Recreation $994,000
Suspend Trail of Lights 374,000 Postpone holiday festival indefinitely
End event fee waivers 404,000 End Parks support for special events
Reduce underused pool hours 106,000 Two pools close; shorter hours for 24 pools
End supervised play programs 110,000 11 of 26 site programs end
Health and Human Services $482,000
Cut neighborhood liaison 53,000 One position = 33% of services in target area
Cut vacant family health position 75,000 For teen pregnancy prevention program
Cut HIV services funding 123,500 Reduce various HIV response programs
Cut vacant Hep C nurse position 71,000 Affects field survey and management programs
Cut vacant sanitarian position 63,000 Affects restaurant inspection staffing
Cut Kids Exchange program 28,500 Affects child custodial supervision
Cut CAN administration funding 68,000 Affects Community Action Network planning
Police $3,391,000
Reduce video traffic monitoring 40,000 Affects monitoring collisions and stalls
Reduce sworn overtime 1,200,000 Affects targeted crime hot spots
Reduce temp call takers 700,000 Nonemergency lines from 24 to 12 hours
Cut property crime technician 51,000 Affects property crime evidence processing
Delay 2011 cadet class one year 1,400,000 Affects overall police staffing
Fire $2,104,000
Cut County Fire Training Academy 33,000 Funds support trainee salaries
Cut LBJ Fire Academy 118,000 Affects minority recruitment
Cut fire specialist position 110,000 Public education position (fire drills, safety, etc.)
Convert two fire units to med 905,000 Most calls medical; possible response reduction
Cut two special personnel 230,000 One captain and one lieutenant in support position
Cut communications captain 116,000 One of three positions in communications; affects public info
Cut investigations staff 592,000 Five positions in arson investigations
EMS $674,000
Cut billing supervisor position 60,000 Affects claims, billing
Cut vacant paramedic position 79,000 Affects overall response time and care
Cut education program overtime 130,000 Online classes, on-duty training
Reduce ACC recruit program 245,000 Cuts five vacant cadet positions, tuition
Cut vacant deputy med. dir. pos. 160,000 Currently three part-time temp positions
Library $993,000
Reduce central library hours 131,000 Cut eight hours per week
Reduce evening branch hours 352,000 Close branches one hour earlier
Reduce morning branch hours 355,000 Open branches one hour later
Reduce book budget 155,000 Current $2.83 per resident, below comparable cities
Municipal Court $120,000
Cut substance abuse services 22,000 Cut four to five patients from program
Eliminate HR specialist 58,000 HR rep for 172 employees
Cut pay to nonserving jurors 40,000 Would end $6 payment
Planning & Development Review $120,000
Cut vacant inspection position 120,000 Tech advice to construction inspectors
Total for All Departments $8,878,000

The 'Unmet Needs' List

Proposed additions to departmental budgets

Parks and Recreation $2,141,000
Downtown parks maintenance 688,000 Additional crews and resources for 11 parks
Facility and pool maintenance 521,000 General maintenance, pools and parks
Neighborhood park maintenance 932,000 General maintenance, seven sites
Health and Human Services $2,501,000
Internal audit and accreditation 250,000 Contract management and public health accreditation
Anti-truancy initiatives 101,000 Truancy staff and student mobility case management
Homeless services funding 150,000 Services for chronically homeless
Innovative Solutions 2,000,000 Funding pool for nonprofit engagement
Police $3,382,500
SXSW funding 120,000 Additional police presence at Festival
Contract/commodity increases 309,000 Miscellaneous expenses
Crime analyst and forensic staff 125,000 a) anti-terrorism; b) DWI analysis
Civilian support FTEs 230,000 15 miscellaneous positions
35 new officers (various ranks) 2,376,000 Force expansion
Additional psychologist 123,500 Officer counseling
Center for Child Protection 99,000 Two family advocate positions
Fire $1,846,500
Four-person staffing 916,000 Accelerate four-person staffing scheduled for 2019 to 2011
Meet state equipment standards 513,000 Resources and staff – new state requirements
Cadet recruitment 131,500 Extend current recruitment contract
Business operations and prevention 286,000 Various facilities and inspection staffing
EMS $2,496,000
Two new units (northeast) 2,073,000 Improve area response to population growth
Electronic patient data staffing 382,000 Currently staffed by uniformed EMT
Warehousing and logistics 41,000 One stores specialist to replace temps
Library $518,500
Delivery staff and vans 181,500 Response to increased delivery demand
Temporary employees 250,000 Restore formerly dedicated temp funds
Downloadable materials 87,000 Establish ongoing digital collection
Municipal Court $257,500
Administrative judge (10 hours/wk) 20,500 Relieve court paperwork backlog
Three staff positions 172,000 Two case managers and one clerk assistant
Rehab housing program 65,000 Expand rehab recovery housing time
Planning & Development Review $859,000
Information & enterprise manager 83,000 Data and digital plan management, info systems
Support staff 254,000 Finance, HR, and administrative staff
Senior planners 522,000 Additional planners for miscellaneous services
Code Compliance $716,000
Compliance assistance funding 100,000 Grants for qualifying homeowners
Four compliance inspectors 493,000 Increased demand and commercial review
Community liaison inspector 123,000 Work with nonprofits for clients with special needs
Total for All Departments $14,718,000

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