Questions

Department Name Request From Year Status  

No Department Requestor Year Question Status Answers
1 Financial Services - Budget Casar 2019
Received: 3/29/2018
Please provide the savings from recent approved public safety labor contract agreements and savings from public safety departments from operating without a contract, in a manner that does not harm the City’s negotiating position. Please provide potential options for use of these funds.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #1 Casar
Answered:  04/03/2018
2 Public Works/Fire Garza 2019
Received: 4/10/2018
Please provide detailed explanation behind the construction costs, contingency, and cost escalation numbers included in the memo from March 30, 2018 for adding five new fire stations.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #2 Garza
Answered:  05/08/2018
3 Law Garza 2019
Received: 4/10/2018
Can residents opt out of paying the Transportation User Fee (TUF)? Does anything prohibit the City of Austin from exempting other people from the TUF?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #3 Garza
Answered:  04/10/2018
4 Financial Services - Budget Flannigan 2019
Received: 4/10/2018
Concerning slide no. 14 of the FY 2019 Financial Forecast, please provide the current exemptions from non-AISD districts.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #4 Flannigan
Answered:  04/10/2018
5 Financial Services - Budget Flannigan 2019
Received: 4/10/2018
For the estimated new construction value of $3 billion in FY 2019, what would that represent in tax dollars? Are there departments that look at that $3 billion and assume an increase in costs?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #5 Flannigan
Answered:  04/24/2018
6 Fleet Services Kitchen 2019
Received: 4/11/2018
Please provide the status of the City’s transition to electric vehicles including any operational or fiscal impact it has on fuel costs.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #6 Kitchen
Answered:  04/18/2018
7 Communications and Technology Management Kitchen 2019
Received: 4/11/2018
How much money would the Smart Cities paperless initiative save the City over the next 5 years? How much would all the Smart Cities projects save?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #7 Kitchen
Answered:  04/17/2018
8 Financial Services - Budget Kitchen 2019
Received: 4/11/2018
Based on the FY 2019 Financial Forecast, what is the cost to increase the senior homestead exemption so that the median senior’s tax bill remained unchanged from the previous year?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #8 Kitchen
Answered:  08/17/2018
9 Financial Services - Budget Kitchen 2019
Received: 4/11/2018
Concerning slide no. 19 of the FY 2019 Financial Forecast presentation, please provide funding by Strategic Outcome for FY 2018 by all funds.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #9 Kitchen
Answered:  04/10/2018
10 Financial Services - Budget Kitchen 2019
Received: 4/11/2018
Please provide additional details concerning the cost drivers for the enterprise funds included in the FY 2019 Financial Forecast.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #10 Kitchen
Answered:  04/10/2018
11 Public Works and Transportation Kitchen 2019
Received: 4/11/2018
For the FY 2019 Financial Forecast, how many of the new positions for Public Works and the Austin Transportation Departments are affiliated with the mobility bond program?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #11 Kitchen
Answered:  05/03/2018
12 Transportation and Planning and Zoning Houston 2019
Received: 4/13/2018
Please provide the budget and expenditures for the Downtown Wayfinding Program for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #12 Houston
Answered:  04/19/2018
13 Fire Alter 2019
Received: 4/26/2018
Please provide specifics on the overtime spend for the Austin Fire Department for FY 2018 and include details on how this overtime spend was covered. Please indicate the delta between the prior year overtime spend and how a lower overtime spend in 2018 will impact the general fund for FY 2019.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #13 Alter
Answered:  05/10/2018
14 Human Resources Alter 2019
Received: 4/26/2018
Please provide the factors behind how the City is forecasting zero increase in employee health insurance for FY 2019 as opposed to a 4% increase in FY 2018.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #14 Alter
Answered:  05/17/2018
15 Austin Resource Recovery Alter 2019
Received: 4/26/2018
Please explain why Austin Resource Recovery is proposing weekly recycling.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #15 Alter
Answered:  05/01/2018
16 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2019
Received: 4/26/2018
Please explain how the City accounted for potential retirements in from slide no. 7 in the FY 2019 Financial Forecast presentation.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #16 Alter
Answered:  05/10/2018
17 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2019
Received: 4/26/2018
Please explain the projected impact of current debt service requirements to the tax rate. Please also provide specific detail on the impact of debt service requirements from the 2016 Mobility Bond on the tax rate.
Pending
 
18 Financial Services – Budget and Building Services Alter 2019
Received: 5/9/2018
Please provide a copy of the City’s financial policy(ies) regarding deferred maintenance. Please indicate when the City fell out of compliance with this policy and what deferred maintenance needs exist for the City. Please explain what efforts are underway in order to regain compliance and what resources are needed to regain compliance.
Pending
 
19 Parks and Recreation Pool 2019
Received: 6/12/2018
Please provide any fee schedule changes to the Parkland Dedication fee and the revenue performance to date.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #19 Pool
Answered:  07/18/2018
20 Convention Center Pool 2019
Received: 6/12/2018
How many new hotels were added in FY 2018? Can we delineate the impact to Hotel Occupancy tax (HOT) revenue from these new hotels alone?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #20 Pool
Answered:  07/03/2018
21 Convention Center Pool 2019
Received: 6/12/2018
During the April 4th Budget Work Session, to the Convention Center temporarily staffing up for what was described as the “Superbowl of Conventions” in 2017. Are these temporary employees leaving as part of the Convention Center’s staffing projections for FY 2019?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #21 Pool
Answered:  07/10/2018
22 Management Services Pool 2019
Received: 6/12/2018
What level of staffing do Austin Transportation, Public Works, and any other departments need in order to completely implement the 2016 mobility bond projects in the original projected 6-8 year timeframe? Are additional resources needed to meet this level of staffing/timeframe? If so, please identify those resources.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #22 Pool
Answered:  06/12/2018
23 Transportation Pool 2019
Received: 6/13/2018
Please discuss the main funding sources for the pedestrian hybrid beacons (PHB) and traffic signals that rank for funding and describe how many of these lights are funded each year. Additionally, please provide the estimated cost for implementing one PHB and one traffic signal that have already been ranked for funding.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #23 Pool
Answered:  06/22/2018
24 Communications and Public Information Pool 2019
Received: 6/13/2018
Please describe any unmet staffing needs associated with managing the city’s ongoing Spirit of East Austin effort. Please include a cost estimate for any identified needs, as well as a description of what those positions would entail, with the response.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #24 Pool
Answered:  07/05/2018
25 Police Pool 2019
Received: 6/13/2018
Please provide information on Victims Services Counselor staffing levels over the past five years, including any current unmet staffing needs and the level of service that could be provided if those unmet needs were met.
Pending
 
26 Fire Alter 2019
Received: 7/5/2018
Please provide by pay period the Austin Fire Department sworn overtime expenditures and the number of vacancies from FY 2017 to FY 2018 year-to-date.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #26 Alter
Answered:  07/18/2018
27 Fire Alter 2019
Received: 7/5/2018
Please provide the number of sworn Austin Fire Department positions redeployed from staff assignments to operations in an effort to reduce overtime expenditures from FY 2017 to FY 2018 year-to-date. Also, please include how long this strategy will continue in your response.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #27 Alter
Answered:  07/18/2018
28 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2019
Received: 7/26/2018
What programs has the City stopped doing from FY 2014-2018 year-to-date? Please provide the name of the program, department, and the dollar amount that the ceased activity represents.
Pending
 
29 EMS Alter 2019
Received: 8/14/2018
Please provide by pay period the Emergency Medical Services sworn overtime expenditures and the number of vacancies from FY 2017 to FY 2018 year-to-date.
Pending
 
30 Police Alter 2019
Received: 8/14/2018
Please provide by pay period the Austin Police Department sworn overtime expenditures and the number of vacancies from FY 2017 to FY 2018 year-to-date.
Pending
 
31 Police Alter 2019
Received: 8/14/2018
Please provide the number of sworn Austin Police Department positions redeployed from staff assignments to operations in an effort to reduce overtime expenditures from FY 2017 to FY 2018 year-to-date. Also, please include how long this strategy will continue in your response.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #31 Alter
Answered:  08/20/2018
32 Development Services Kitchen 2019
Received: 8/14/2018
Please provide a breakdown of the FY 2018 to FY 2019 Proposed Budget permitting fees to clarify changes in the number and types of permits and their fees in the schedule, as well as changes in cost and formula for determining cost of service.
Pending
 
33 Public Works/Fire Garza 2019
Received: 8/14/2018
What would be the FY 2018-19 budget impact to staff and renovate a toll booth on SH 130 to temporarily provide fire service to Del Valle and the surrounding areas?
Pending
 
34 Public Works/Fire Garza 2019
Received: 8/14/2018
What would the timeframe be to get this toll booth fully renovated and operational?
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35 Public Works/Fire Garza 2019
Received: 8/14/2018
Assuming the FY 2018-19 budget stays where it is now and we add the temporary fire station for Del Valle, what would the impact on the tax rate be?
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36 Financial Services - Budget Troxclair 2019
Received: 8/15/2018
In the FY 2019 proposed budget, are there any city programs that have been scaled back, or defunded?
Pending
 
37 Public Health/Emergency Medical Services/Police/Municipal Court Troxclair 2019
Received: 8/15/2018
Please provide data since the Homeless Outreach Street Team (HOST) program has been created - including but not limited to, the effectiveness of the program concerning the number of city assets (people and cost) provided and amount of homeless helped; the metrics in which the program is evaluated; and, financial sustainability/cost of the program in the event the city implemented a second HOST team?
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38 Housing Kitchen 2019
Received: 8/15/2018
What is being done for tenant and homeowner protection as a means of avoiding homelessness in the FY 2019 budget?
Pending
 
39 Financial Services - Budget Troxclair 2019
Received: 8/15/2018
What is the difference in the total city revenue at the effective rate last year versus the effective rate this year?
Pending
 
40 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2019
Received: 8/15/2018
Please provide a list of one-time expenditures that were eliminated in the FY 2019 proposed budget.
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #40 Tovo
Answered:  08/15/2018
41 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Please provide fee waiver data for all departments for FY 2018.
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42 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
What is the Housing Trust Fund transfer amount from only the Grove property?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #42 Alter
Answered:  08/16/2018
43 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Are any federal or state funds provided to the City being cut in the FY 2019 budget? Are there any at risk of being cut?
Pending
 
44 Fire Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
What is the FY 2019 overtime budget for the Austin Fire Department? How and why is it changing from FY 2018? Does the overtime budget account for the opening of any new stations? Please explain how the overtime need for the upcoming year tracks back to new stations and vacancies. Is there any plan to reduce the OT expenditure by redeploying fire fighters from office work to field work? If so, please provide specifics as to what positions this is planned for?
Pending
 
45 Public Works and Transportation Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Please provide how funding provided by Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is reflected in the FY 2019 budget and where it is located. Additionally, please provide detail on any CAMPO funding augmenting Austin Transportation Department/Public Works Department activities?
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46 Parks and Recreation Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
What is the total increase in PARD’s budget broken out by built-in cost drivers and new investments? How much is being offset by increased fees and offsets from Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT)?
Pending
 
47 Financial Services – Controller’s Office/Law Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Are there any cost savings to be achieved by having Austin Energy, Austin Water, and Aviation contribute to the Liability Reserve Fund instead of their current practice of covering claims independently? Please also discuss any non-fiscal implications at stake if this practice is changed.
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48 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Does the Sustainability Fund still exist? What departments are proposed to contribute to the Sustainability Fund or to the General Fund for what the scope of the Sustainability Fund covered? (Please explain the current scope). How much (percentage and dollar amount) are they contributing? Is this the maximum amount they can contribute?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #48 Alter
Answered:  08/17/2018
50 Police Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Regarding Austin Police Department non-sworn vacancies, please verify the cumulative total for salaries for non-payroll related positions that have "administrative" in their job title. Additionally, please also provide how many positions this represents.
Pending
 
51 Parks and Recreation Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
What if any additions are built into the budget to expand recycling in city parks?
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52 Parks and Recreation Alter 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Beyond Aquatics, does the FY 2019 proposed Parks and Recreation Department budget include any increase for addressing our parks maintenance backlog? If so, what is the increase and how will the money be used?
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53 Financial Services - Budget Troxclair 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Please specify which outstanding Council resolution directives were newly addressed in the FY 2019 proposed budget.
Pending
 
54 Austin Public Health Garza 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
In a FY 2017 Budget Rider, the council voted to include a Healthy Food Access Coordinator with the main goal of leveraging all public and private sources to fund a full service Grocery Store. There has been no update to council on what progress this position has made to accomplish this goal. What would be the cost of supplementing this position to in fact be able to gain some progress on leveraging all public and private sources to fund a full service Grocery Store?
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55 Development Services Troxclair 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
How much has Development Services Department’s budget increased since the delivery of the Zucker report? Please outline the improvements made since FY 2015.
Pending
 
56 Housing Troxclair 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Is the funding for the Matched Savings Account program within Neighborhood Housing and Community Development still in the FY 2019 proposed budget? If so, what steps are being taken to address the recent audit findings?
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57 Transportation Tovo 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Please provide an accounting of all public restroom funding that has been appropriated by the City Council and how those funds have been expended.
Pending
 
58 Development Services Kitchen 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
What is this customer assistance program for low-income homeowners within the Development Services Department?
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59 Austin Public Health Kitchen 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
What is the scope of the role for the age friendly action plan position within the Austin Public Health Department?
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60 Financial Services - Budget Garza 2019
Received: 8/16/2018
Please provide a reconciliation on what was done with the “Continuing Conversations” included in the April 4, 2018 budget work session presentation, as well as Items from Council approved after this work session, for the FY 2019 proposed budget.
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61 Financial Services - Budget Pool 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
Do we have a final list of qualified projects in order of priority for the Historic Preservation Fund?
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62 Financial Services - Budget Pool 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
What was the amount in reserves over the past five fiscal years in amount and percentage? What was the potential for reserves for FY 2019 in amount and percentage, and was that changed?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY19 #62 Pool
Answered:  08/17/2018
63 Public Works and Watershed Protection Pool 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
What is the amount that the Public Works and Watershed Protection Departments are contributing to the homeless camp cleanup effort? Please describe those funds as an annual amount, not multi-year. Are there current cleanup efforts that are already funded to clean up homeless camps in and around our waterways for FY 2019?
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64 Development Services Pool 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
Why was the Development Services Department ombudsperson position to assist small business not proposed to be funded in the FY 2019 budget? Also, is the availability of the ombudsperson service tied to the size of project or cost of permit?
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65 EMS Pool 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
What amount and percentage of total cost is Central Health proposing to pay for the Integral Care EMCOT service? Or, is the Integral Care service only proposed to be funded by the City of Austin and Travis County? If so, please explain why.
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66 Parks and Recreation Pool 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
How many playground surfaces will be replaced or repaired annually with the proposed $200,000 in ongoing funds?
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67 Parks and Recreation Pool 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
How many playgrounds will be moved into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance under the FY 2019 budget?
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68 EMS Houston 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
Is Austin Travis County Integral Care a partner in the HOST program? Will the enhancement to the HOST program in the FY 2019 budget allow the program to serve areas of the City outside of downtown?
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69 Transportation Houston 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
What are the sources of funding for citywide pedestrian devices described on page 85 of the FY 2019 budget document?
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70 Transportation Houston 2019
Received: 8/17/2018
What projects are included in the “Other” category listed on page 226 within of the FY 2019 budget document for the Austin Transportation Department?
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71 Development Services/Planning and Zoning Alter 2019
Received: 8/20/2018
How much funding is included in the FY 2019 proposed budget for CodeNext? What will happen to the team that were working on CodeNEXT?
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72 Transportation Alter 2019
Received: 8/21/2018
What is included in the capital budget for funding from Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG)? Is there any reductions from the prior year?
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73 Transportation Alter 2019
Received: 8/21/2018
What funding is included in the FY 2019 proposed budget for the Clean Air Force?
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74 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2019
Received: 8/21/2018
What is the total cost for the Human Capital Management System?
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75 Parks and Recreation Alter 2019
Received: 8/21/2018
Please provide additional information regarding the proposed fee increases for aquatic facilities. How much will the fee increase, and at which facilities, and when will the fee take affect?
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77 Aviation Alter 2019
Received: 8/21/2018
Please provide additional information regarding the proposed increase to the vendor contract for the expanded airport parking including the funding source of the contract.
Pending
 
78 Office of Real Estate Services/Building Services Alter 2019
Received: 8/21/2018
Please provide information regarding the City’s long-term plans for the One Texas Center (OTC) building. When will the existing employees move to the new consolidated building and what will happen that OTC?
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