City of Scottsdale inches closer to FY 2016-17 budget

Scottsdale City Council conducted a public hearing regarding the proposed fiscal year 2016-17 budget during a May 17 meeting.

Released on April 5, the proposed budget incorporated the priorities and policy direction expressed by the city council over the past year, according to city documents.

The proposed budget sources increased $8.9 million from the fiscal year 2015-16 forecast in the General Fund. The significant increases included $3.6 million in local sales tax, $3.3 million in state shared revenue, $400,000 in property tax and $1 million in transfers in.

The proposed operating General Fund uses increased by $18.5 million in the fiscal year 2015-16 forecast, states city documents. The majority of this increase supports the following:

  • An additional 27th pay date which occurs in FY 2016-17 based on the timing of the payroll calendar ($6.2 million General Fund; $7.9 million all funds);
  • Merit pay increases averaging 3 percent for employees who perform well ($2.5 million General Fund; $3.6 million all funds);
  • Up to 5 percent step program for police officers based on performance ($1.3 million);
  • Up to 5 percent step program based on performance and increases for paramedic/specialty pays for Firefighters, Fire Engineers and Fire captains ($1.1 million);
  • Increases in employee health care costs ($1.1 million General Fund, $1.4 million all funds);
  • One-time deferred maintenance items such as roof re-coatings, fire panels, carpet replacement, re-lamping, door repair/replacement, etc. ($2.7 million);
  • Additional funding transferred to the Capital Improvement Plan ($3.9 million more than FY 2015-16 forecast).

Councilmember Linda Milhaven made a motion to include the police department positions in the budget, but not fill the positions until after the additional analysis of the police department study has been done. Vice Mayor David Smith seconded the motion.

Councilman Guy Phillips made an alternate motion to approve the acting city manager’s recommendations. Councilwoman Kathy Littlefield seconded the motion, which carried 5-2 with Vice Mayor Smith and Councilwoman Milhaven dissenting.

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