Arlington City Manager Unveils $425 Million Budget Proposal

The City of Arlington unveiled its proposed $425 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015 during the August 5th working session of City Council.

The proposed General Fund budget is $213 million. Police and Fire account for 63 percent of the General Fund budget, with the remainder divided among other City departments.

In addition, the proposed budget includes funding for salary increases to bring staff salary levels in line with market rates in the area. Included in the budget are these proposed increases: entry level police officers (9.4%) and firefighters (7.9%); sworn positions based on market (2%-4.25%); civilians (2%); and, executive-level positions (2%). This would account for $3.2 million of the budget.

If approved, the budget calls for a property tax rate increase of about $2.38 per month, or $28.56 per year. This change is connected to the average homestead taxable value in Arlington increasing by 4.5 percent over FY 2014 levels.  Also, homeowners would see an increase to the following rates: Water and Sewer ($2.84 per month); Storm Water Fee (50 cents per month); and Garbage (18 cents per month). This means the average homeowner would pay an additional $5.19 per month for City, Water, Sanitation and Storm Water services. These fees would continue to be among the lowest of Arlington’s surrounding communities.

According to Trey Yelverton, Arlington City Manager, the budget is built around the basics and maintaining what the City of Arlington has, while demonstrating the significant value of the services the City provides to its residents.

The budget supports City Council’s four new priorities: Support Quality Education, Enhance Regional Mobility, Invest in Our Community and Championing Great Neighborhoods.

Here are some highlights from the budget, categorized by each priority:

Champion Great Neighborhoods:

  • $258,872 for maintaining the Parks and Recreation system
  • $131,777 for golf program business service improvements
  • $61,160 for four part-time Action Center agents
  • $15,000 to conduct tele-town hall meetings

Enhance Regional Mobility

  • $78.8M worth of street/sewer projects already underway
  • Support Handitran service
  • Determine the future of Metro ArlingtonXpress (MAX)

Support Quality Education

  • $20,943,809 allocated for the Library, which includes the new Central Library
  • $150,000 Library eContent
  • Continue the AISD Fire Academy

Invest in Our Economy

  • $100,000 to update U.S. Highway 287 master plan
  • $40,000 for a new Business Incubator
  • $171,890 for Economic Development initiatives
  • $19,774 for aviation staffing and support
  • $238,000 for Arlington Convention Center improvements
  • $375,000 to support the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau efforts to attract tourists

Core Services

  • $2.9 million for public safety enhancements
  • $74,001 for Code Compliance to increase productivity through expanded workforce and new technology
  • $90,505,007 allocated for the Police Department
  • $43,805,214 allocated for the Fire Department
  • $536,603 for the Police Recruit Academy
  • Complete replacement of outdated Police and Fire radio systems with new digital technology, set to debut in early 2015

For more information about the FY 2015 proposed budget, you may view the document in its entirety online at webapps.arlingtontx.gov/tmp/budget

Public input on the proposed budget is welcome at two town hall meetings scheduled for later this month:

Town Hall Meeting #1

Thursday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.
South Police Station
1030 SW Green Oaks Boulevard

Town Hall Meeting #2

Wednesday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m.
City Council Chambers
101 W. Abram Street

The City of Arlington has produced a series of videos to help you learn more about City departments: Animal Services, Arlington Public Library, Code ComplianceCommunity Development & PlanningParks and Recreation, Police, Public Works and Water Utilities.

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Kim Feil
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Will a FLIR infrared camera be in the budget for the gas wells?

L.E. LANKFORD
Guest

The APD believes that harassing the protesters on the Davis St bridge is part of their duties. The protesters have a constitutional right to protest against the policies of the current president and I will NOT vote for this proposed budget unless you remove the $90M allotted to the APD. They are not deserving of this money!

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