Proposed FY16 Budget presented to city council

Proposed FY16 Budget presented to city council

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

It’s no secret that College Station is one of the country’s fastest growing small cities. Our population has increased about 36 percent in the last decade.

Over 103,000 people now call College Station home — and more are on the way. Conservative estimates say we could add another 40,000 residents in the next 10 years, with the student populations at Texas A&M and Blinn College continuing to expand.

With that rapid growth comes a demand for adequate infrastructure and core services related to public safety and parks.

City staff has spent months studying the city’s immediate and long-range needs while consulting with residents and other stakeholder groups. The result is what we consider a responsible FY2016 budget that will help us keep pace with our growth and meet the increased demand for city services we expect in the coming years.

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Notes from budget workshop No. 3 (Wednesday)

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The College Station City Council had the last of three workshops regarding the proposed FY15 city budget Wednesday afternoon at the CSU Meeting and Training Facility.

Monday’s session covered general budget issues, the general fund and general government capital projects. Tuesday’s session focused on utility funds and the Northgate Parking Fund.

Wednesday’s session covered outside agency funding, and governmental and special funds. The meeting was called to order at 3:10 p.m. and was adjourned at 6:14 p.m.

Outside Agency Funding

The city funds several outside agencies that provide services for citizens. The amount of funding for each agency depends on council direction and the availability of funds. Agencies have been funded from various funds, including the General Fund, Community Development Fund, Hotel Tax Fund, and Sanitation Fund. Total proposed FY15 Outside Agency funding by the City of College Station is $3.56 million.

  • General Fund
    • Research Valley Partnership: $350,000
    • Arts Council of Brazos Valley (O&M): $50,000
    • Noon Lions Club: $10,000
    • Aggieland Humane Society: $205,000
    • Brazos County Health District: $326,500
    • Brazos County Appraisal District: $262,507

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Notes from budget workshop No. 2 (Tuesday)

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The College Station City Council had the second of three workshops regarding the proposed FY15 city budget Tuesday afternoon at the CSU Meeting and Training Facility.

Click here to review the notes from Monday’s meeting.

Tuesday’s session primarily covered the city’s enterprise funds, which account for the acquisition, operation and maintenance of government facilities and services that are self-supported by user fees. The meeting was called to order at 3:12 p.m. and was adjourned at 5:30 p.m.

Fire Department Pay

To help offset costs for a three percent pay increase in the Fire Department, the council discussed a 10 percent increase in ambulance transport rates along with possibly not funding two requested personnel additions — one safety officer and one firefighter. One new safety officer and four new firefighters would remain in the budget.

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Notes from budget workshop No. 1 (Monday)

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The College Station City Council had the first of three workshops on the proposed FY15 city budget Monday afternoon at the CSU Meeting and Training Facility.

Monday’s session covered citywide budget issues, the General Fund, and general government capital projects. The meeting was called to order at 3:05 p.m. and was adjourned at 7:10 p.m.

General Fund

The General Fund accounts for all city activities typically considered governmental functions, including Police and Fire, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Planning and Development Services. Also included are the primary support services for these areas such as Fiscal Services, Information Technology, and administrative services in General Government.

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