At the May 2, 2017 Gulfport City Council meeting, we had our first opportunity to review the City Manager’s budget overview, as well as provide input on current and future budget considerations. A critical step at this early stage in prepping the 2017-2018 Operating Budget is understanding priority projects that require multi-year funding. We also have a few budget challenges that can impact budget decisions. As City Council Members, we must carefully assess limited new funding and stretched city resources when recommending new budget items. I mentioned at the May 2 City Council meeting the importance for Council Members to help seek outside funding for current and future unfunded projects.
Below is a simple listing of some of the items I shared and publicly summarized to you and the City Manager at the May 2 City Council meeting. We will be discussing these and many other budget considerations from now through August. Please plan on attending the Gulfport Budget Workshop sometime this summer (not yet scheduled; please check the city calendar on a regular basis).
Major infrastructure priorities – sanitary sewers (city linear pipes) repairs, street paving/brick restoration, alley grading, sidewalks; consider increasing funds for streets and alleys (and number of alleys)
Shore Blvd. flooding and drainage survey (Essex Plan; one of my proposed priorities)
DIRECTION REQUESTED: “That City Council provides the City Manager a consensus in regards to the development of the “Proposed” Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Budget and if desired; provides additional input of supplementary projects or priorities with the related impact to funding sources for inclusion in future FY 2017/2018 “Budget Discussions” or presentations for consideration prior to formal budget adoption. At that time staff would seek a consensus of City Council as to the program or projects inclusion in future budget considerations.”