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Posted on: July 1, 2017

FY 2018 Budget Year Began July 1


At their Monday, June 19 Regular Meeting, Missouri City Council Members unanimously approved and adopted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 annual budget on the first and final reading. The total adopted budget for FY 2018 is $137,322,554, with a General Fund Budget of $48,157,672, or 35 percent of the total budget.

The approved budget is funded with a tax rate set at an estimated rollback rate of $0.52805 per $100 in valuation. Final assessed values will not be received until late July or early August.

The approved budget is divided amongst many funds, the largest of which includes the following:

  • General Fund-----$48,157,672-----35.08%
  • Special Revenue Funds-----$5,435,508-----3.96%
  • Utility Funds-----$47,589,946-----34.66%
  • Capital Project Improvement Funds-----$16,846,814-----12.27%
  • Debt Service Funds-----$10,707,814-----7.8%
  • Equipment Replacement Funds-----$961,562-----0.68%
  • Other Enterprise Funds-----$7,623,238-----5.55%
  • Total-----$137,322,554-----100%

This year’s budget, which runs from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by $1,773,544, which is a 5 percent increase. The largest source of revenue to the General Fund are property taxes 55% and sales taxes 18%.

“The Fiscal Year 2018 Budget focuses upon strategic and prioritized funding for our organizational health and essential programs and projects to meet our community’s needs. City Council has approved a budget that I believe strikes a balance between the dollars and the strategic direction,” City Manager Anthony J. Snipes said. “The City has traditionally operated in a fiscally conservative manner, and as a result, we have been able to weather recent regional sales tax revenue challenges and to maintain service levels for our citizens. Still, as an aging City in its 61st year of incorporation, we have impending infrastructural, organizational and technological needs. Simultaneously, we are monitoring common challenges faced by other local, regional and national municipalities and partnering with some to facilitate solutions while meeting expectations for outstanding service to our community.”

In the FY 2018 General Fund, $31,491,128 will be expended for personnel costs, or 66.5 percent of the General Fund expenditures; the budget funds a total of 366 full-time positions.

“The City is to be commended for its past conservative practices, not only in projecting revenues, but also in maintaining responsible expenditure and reserve levels. We will continue to reflect City Council’s traditionally conservative budgeting approach to address our community’s current needs while ensuring the long-term financial stability of Missouri City,” Mr. Snipes said. “While operations continue to be lean in the Show Me City, these practices have enabled us to remain on sound financial ground even while other communities may be forced to make difficult choices that impact service levels. Missouri City is proud to provide current core service levels with responsible and reasonable augmentations to continue superior service to citizens.”

Other budget highlights include:

  • $245,000 is allocated for a 1 percent one-time lump sum pay on base salaries and related benefit costs for full-time City employees.
  • $200,000 is allocated for a Compensation and Benefits Study that will be conducted for multiple City positions. The study will begin in the December, 2017, timeframe. After the study is completed in FY 2018, the City will address the implementation of any proposed adjustments in the following fiscal year.
  • $600,000 is allocated for conducting a study of the Municipal Utility Districts with recommendations (one-time use of the Fund Balance).
  • A total investment of $2,032,451 has been allocated to complete the City Hall “Place-Making” project, which includes $793,000 in FY 2018 funding. Design is complete and construction on portions of the place-making project are already under way at the Community Center, Visitor Center and to the exterior of the Community Center in the City Hall campus. The FY 2018 budget includes the following projects:
    1. Outside lighting upgrades - $50,000
    2. Power washing and painting City Hall - $288,000
    3. Community Center Phase II - $260,000
    4. Community Center electrical upgrades - $70,000
    5. City Hall bathroom renovations - $114,000
    6. Community Center stove - $11,000
  • $304,750 is allocated for City infrastructure needs, including the following facility needs:
    1. Community Center electricity - $60,000
    2. Replacement of carpet in Public Safety Headquarters -$35,000
    3. Upgrade Interior Lock System - $5,500
    4. Upgrade 14 bathrooms at City Hall Complex - $114,500
    5. Police Property Room Ventilation System - $30,000
    6. Remodel Storefront at Parks/Maintenance Facility - $30,000
  • $180,000 is allocated to replace fleet vehicles that have not yet reached critical stage; in FY 2017, $1,800,000 for the replacement of all vehicles in critical need of replacement was funded. $30,000 is also allocated for Fleet Maintenance Services for Special Equipment.
  • An increased $7,000 is allocated to Code Enforcement to address forced mowings.
  • $90,000 is allocated for an economic development study in 2017, which will be implemented in 2018. The City will work with the consultant to create a Blue Ribbon Committee for key areas such as Texas Parkway; in FY 2017, the City Manager created a Developer Advisory Committee that will begin to meet quarterly in 2018.
  • $29,750 is allocated for fitness equipment replacement at the Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr. Some of the elliptical machines and treadmills have reached their useful life, as dictated by industry standards, and are in need of replacement. This payment will replace five treadmills.
  • $452,600 has been allocated for improvements to parks and parkland areas. In the Parkland Dedication Zone Fund, various items are funded and include Bicentennial Park electrical upgrades, Bicentennial Park security lights, American Legion Park curb and parking lot development, Quail Valley North Park amenities, Independence Park picnic pads, MacNaughton Park improvements, a Riverstone Properties (Herrin Tract) accessible entrance, Heritage Colony DG trail and Freedom Tree Park landscaping.
  • $220,000 has been allocated from the Forfeiture and Seizure Fund. The funding will be utilized for general equipment/building security ($100,000), investigative/tactical equipment ($50,000), crime prevention & training ($50,000) and firearms ($20,000). Funds in this special revenue fund can only be used for law enforcement purposes.
  • $314,000 has been allocated for I.T. storage and citywide network upgrades. Due to the growth of the City and its ongoing day-to-day storage needs, funding for the data domain, disaster recovery, back-up growth and infrastructure storage growth throughout the City is included in the budget.
  • $35,000 has been allocated for mobile management software licenses. This software gives City employees reliable, secure wireless connectivity and is self-diagnosing and healing.
  • $325,000 has been allocated for replacement of the Citywide Door Access System.

Additional personnel for FY 2018 include:

  • Parks and Recreation Department
    1. Full-time Visitors Center Manager, starting January 2018 - $33,000
  • Public Works Department
    1. Full-time Traffic Signal Technician, starting January 2018 - $23,000
    2. Full-time Emergency Vehicle Technician, starting November 2017 - $59,000
    3. Part-time Capital Improvements Program Specialist, starting July 2017 - $27,000
  • Financial Services Department
    1. Senior Accountant, starting January 2018 - $39,600
  • Development Services Department
    1. Planner 1/Planner Technician - $62,607
  • Fire and Rescue Services Department
    1. Administrative Assistant - $53,379
  • Police Department
    1. Police Officer, starting January 2018 - $84,565

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