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The Big Numbers (FY 2016 Forecast)

May 1, 2015, News

General Fund revenue/expenses: $903.6 million (+ $49.5 million over 2015)

Median home value: $221,086 (FY 2015: $202,254)

Property tax rate: 47.59 cents per $100 value (- 0.5 cents from FY 2015)

Tax bill increase: + $6.63/month (median value home)

Misc. fees (electric, water, trash, etc.): + $11.48/month

Combined property tax/fee increase: + $18.11/month ($217.32/year)


Budget Timeline

April 22: Staff presents budget forecast to City Council

May 6: Council work session on budget forecast

May-June: Public input, board and commission review

July 30: Formal staff presentation of proposed FY 2016 budget

Aug. 10 & 12: Council work sessions on departmental budgets

Aug. 20 & 27: Public hearings on budget, tax rates

Sept. 8-10: Budget adoption


Structural Cost Increases

Public safety hires: 82 new police officers

Civilian staff: 3% base wage increase

EMS staff: 1% base wage increase (plus step/longevity pay)

APD officers: 2% base wage increase (plus step/longevity)

AFD firefighters: 3.5% base wage increase (pending contract resolution)

Health care expenses: + 13.5% (FY 2016)

Retirement funding: Stable (slight increases)

Fleet services: Fuel savings ($5.6 million); + 3% maintenance

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