City Council begins operating budget discussions in April, followed by discussions at subsequent meetings, seeking comments from Gulfport residents, and adoption in September (budget is effective October 1). The June 6th memorandum (see link above) is very important as it provides important details on priorities, budget challenges, recommendations and funding sources.
* * * Information, data, dollar figures and projects detailed in the June 6 Memorandum, as well as listed below, are in draft and subject to changes and updates.
Below are select excerpts directly from the July 6th City Manager Memorandum that will shape a final budget.
Operating budget supports and maintains a full service city of more than 12,200 residents
Reoccurring capital costs (priorities): sanitary sewers, road paving, alleys, public safety vehicles/equipment
Core objectives, priorities and previously approved projects, with continued development:
City Council Members identified potential items for consideration in the the proposed Fiscal Year 2017/2018 operating budget; these are only to be potentially considered after key priorities (see above); see Page 2 of the memorandum for recommendations from each City Council Member
Recommendations for potential consideration -- Yolanda Roman
Funding Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) – See Page 14
Gulfport has committed to an extensive CIP (next 5 years) for the Sanitary Sewer Infrastructure. A FDEP (Clean Water State Revolving Fund) loan agreement has provided a loan totally $4,620,003 for FY 2017/FY 2018 for PRIORITY of the sewer infrastructure project.
Majority of CIPs are infrastructure improvements (such as roadway paving, alleys and sidewalks), public safety equipment and funds to be used for grant matching (grants expand and leverage city funds).
The Local Option Infrastructure Surtax (Pinellas County One-Cent Sales Tax) funds facility improvements, emergency vehicles and public safety equipment.
Gulfport has been very successful in utilizing outside funding sources (federal, state and county) to leverage funding for many Capital Improvement Programs. A total of $4,871,934 has been leveraged from FY 2014 to FY 2017. See Page 14 of the Memorandum for detailed list of projects and grants.
Specific Projects and Appropriations – See Page 15 and Page 16
You have to go into the document (pages 15 and 16) to see the detailed itemized projects under each of the appropriations listed below.
* * * Information, data, dollar figures and projects detailed in the June 6 Memorandum, as well as listed above, are in draft and subject to changes and updates.