The operating budget is largely a level-service budget, with $94.6 Million in expenses, a 1.4 percent increase over FY13.
- The budget projects revenues of $97.1 million, yielding a surplus of $2.5 million across all funds. The budget proposes to allocate this surplus into our fund balances, with the understanding that the Council at its discretion may choose to utilize some of that as part of the collaborative Interest Based Bargaining process we have underway with our employee collective bargaining units.
- In terms of taxes, this budget will maintain flat property tax revenues for the second consecutive year. Due to residual adjustments in our assessable base, the budget increase the property tax rate by 1.04 cents, from 64.0 cents to 65.04 cents. Because of individual variations in the assessments which are outside the City’s control, some taxpayers will pay slightly less and others will pay slightly more, but again, overall this budget maintains flat property tax revenues for the second year in a row.
- What about the size of our workforce? Even though we have had to increase expenses in order to fund neglected liabilities, the size of our workforce today is smaller than it was three years ago when we began our term of office.
A comparison of apples to apples, in which we account for all City employment – full-time, part-time, exempt, civil service, seasonal, permanent and contractual –indicates that the FY2010 budget when we took office had a workforce of 667 Full-Time Equivalent employees. Today, in the Fiscal 13 budget, our workforce is 618, a reduction of more than seven percent.
The proposed Fiscal 14 budget creates a small handful of essential new positions, and reclassifies some existing positions to increase their effectiveness, but due to other reductions the FY14 budget has fewer net employees than FY13 – it reduces, not increases, the size of our workforce.
Capital Improvement Program
Proposed CIP FY 2014 FY 2019
- Our Capital Improvement Program in many ways is a catch-up year. For much of FY14 we will still be expending bond money that we had allocated for FY13. Still, the proposed $10 million FY14 CIP includes some new funding this coming year for essential and urgent projects.
- The major new expense is $7.5 Million to commence flood mitigation and bulkhead work as recommended by the City Dock Advisory Committee. The CIP also includes in FY14:
- Three-quarters of a million dollars to begin design and engineering for the Hillman Garage. The structural analysis has just been completed, and the Hillman Garage Advisory Committee will hold its first meeting later this week.
- $220,00 to begin implementation of the beautiful new Wayfinding signage master plan, to enable visitors to efficiently get around and navigate towards parking facilities and major destinations.
- Roughly $150,000 each for the new community park at Kingsport, and for engineering for the long-overdue replacement of the Truxtun Park swimming pool.
- The CIP also proposes a new $250,000 project to enable the City to construct new sidewalks in areas where they are lacking. The sidewalk fund we established last year allows the City to repair and replace existing sidewalks, but it does not address the need for infill pedestrian sidewalks along major pedestrian arteries.
This office is responsible for the overall management of the City government.
The City of Annapolis has a "Mayor-Council" form of government in which the mayor chairs the City Council and also serves as the chief executive of the city government. The Mayor's Office is responsible for managing all city departments and carrying out the policies adopted by the City Council.
The mayor serves a four-year term and is elected citywide at the same time as the eight aldermen/women are elected from their respective wards. Unlike the aldermen/women who have no term limits, the mayor is term-limited to two consecutive four-year terms.
Mayor Mike Pantelides was sworn in on Dec. 2, 2013 and is serving his first term, which expires in December 2017.