City Council Approves Budget that Focuses on Strengthening Foundation in Workforce, Operations, and Infrastructure
The Raleigh City Council on June 10 unanimously adopted a budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) that will strengthen our foundation in our workforce, operations, and infrastructure.
The adopted net operating and capital budget for FY20 is $1.04 billion, which includes a General Fund total operating budget of $519 million. The proposed budget is a 6.7 percent increase from the FY19 adopted budget.
The adopted FY20 Capital Improvement Program totals $389 million, with the total for five years (FY20-FY24) being $2.07 billion.
The budget maintains a property tax rate of 43.82 cents per $100 assessed property value. The City Council approved a $0.75 increase in the monthly sewer administration fee to ensure cost recovery for the sewer service, and a $1.50 increase in the monthly Solid Waste fee to stabilize the current level of service.
FY20 begins July 1 and ends on June 30, 2020.
STRENGTHENING OUR FOUNDATION IN WORKFORCE
The adopted budget continues the pursuit of investing in our employees to meet the Strategic Plan goal of fostering a transparent, nimble organization of employees challenged to provide high quality, responsive, and innovative services efficiently and effectively. The FY20 budget includes adjustments to maintain a competitive compensation and benefits package, including:
- Adjustment to the living wage rate from $30,340 to $32,090 in accordance with the Council-adopted living wage policy, which applies to all regular, full-time employees;
- Funding for annual merit increases for public safety open range and general step employees at 3% or 5%; and
- Employees in the broadband pay structure will be eligible for 1% to 6% merit increase, based on performance.
STRENGTHENING OUR FOUNDATION IN OPERATIONS
With limited new resources available for the fiscal year, this budget focuses on strengthening our foundation and funding our prior commitments. The adopted budget continues our investments in public safety, customer service, and community engagement, including:
- Continued modernization of the Fire Department’s fleet and equipment, replacing two engines and water and trench rescue equipment;
- Funding to purchase land for an emergency vehicle operations course, and for the complete replacement of Fire Station 1;
- Funding to expedite police vehicle upfit and facilitate the opening of the Police Department’s new southeast district station on Rock Quarry Road;
- Two new positions in Development Services and one in City Planning to respond to growth pressures, enhance customer service, and add capacity and oversight for ensuring plan review accuracy;
- A new position in Housing and Neighborhoods to support the Human Relations Commission and provide community relations; and
- A position in Engineering Services to support City-owned facility growth, and a position in Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources in response to City park growth.
STRENGTHENING OUR FOUNDATION IN INFRASTRUCTURE
As the City of Raleigh continues to grow, the FY2020 budget and FY 2020-2024 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) reflect funding for affordable housing and a well-connected transportation system that supports multimodal forms of transportation, including:
- $13.6 million in FY2020 in support of the adopted Affordable Housing Improvement Plan for both new construction and preservation, adding a total of 645 affordable housing units;
- Funding for ongoing infrastructure maintenance of our water and sewer systems, with $180.8 million planned for FY2020 for interceptor upgrades, asset management, and expansion at water and wastewater treatment plants;
- The FY2020 Wake Transit Work Plan includes $37.2 million for the New Bern Bus Rapid Transit, a GoRaleigh/GoWake Access Paratransit Operations and Maintenance Facility, a total of 15 new expansion and replacement buses, park and ride enhancements, and bus shelters and stop improvements with an additional $11 million for general transit projects;
- $72.5 million to fund street maintenance and major improvements, bridge repair and replacement, neighborhood connection enhancements, pedestrian and bicycle projects, and downtown parking improvements; and
- Major Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources projects including $5 million in greenway improvements and repairs, $1.65 million for Brentwood Park improvements, $1 million for John Chavis Memorial Park, and $1.2 million to complete Laurel Hills Community Center renovations.
The adopted FY20 budget will be available on the City of Raleigh’s website by June 28. As soon as they are printed, bound copies of the budget may be reviewed in the City Clerk’s Office. For more information about the FY20 budget and the City’s budget process, contact the City’s Budget and Management Services Department at 919-996-4270.