Questions

Department Name Request From Year Status  

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1 EMS Houston 2018
Received: 2/3/2017
Please provide both the number and percent of the following demographic information regarding the Emergency Medical Services Department’s sworn and civilian workforce: gender, ethnicity, job classification/title, city of residence, and length of service with the department.
Posted
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2 EMS Houston 2018
Received: 2/10/2017
For 9-1-1 calls, is it possible to send only one unit as opposed to both Austin Fire Department (AFD) and Emergency Medical Services Department (EMS) units
Posted
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3 EMS Houston 2018
Received: 2/10/2017
How many motorcycles does Emergency Medical Services Department (EMS) use for medical services and what services are provided? Do any other cities use motorcycles for medical services?
Posted
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4 EMS Houston 2018
Received: 2/10/2017
Please provide the volume of calls per priority for FY 2016.
Posted
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5 EMS Houston 2018
Received: 2/10/2017
Please provide the FY 2015 and 2016 actual salary and benefits expenditures of civilian and sworn staff in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department by job classification/title.
Posted
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6 Fire Adler 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
Please discuss and list the Austin Fire Department’s (AFD) diversity recruitment methods, strategies, and assignment of resources. What is AFD doing to promote diversity within the ranks?
Posted
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7 Fire Adler 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
Please provide a breakdown of calls for service received for each fire station by the following categories: emergency medical response, fire emergency response, other emergencies, non-emergencies. Also, please denote whether these are Priority 1, 2, or 3 calls.
Posted
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8 Fire Adler 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
Please provide a list of each promotional opportunity over the last three years. For each opportunity, provide how many were qualified minority or female applicants and whether any opportunity was filled by a qualified minority or female applicant.
Posted
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9 Fire Adler 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
Please provide the diversity breakout for the last three cadet classes.
Posted
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10 Fire Adler 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
What is the Austin Fire Department (AFD) equivalent to the Emergency Medical Services Department’s (EMS) use of motorcycles? Are there instances where responding to a call with a fire apparatus with four-person staffing might not require that level of staffing or vehicle size? Would utilizing a smaller vehicle and fewer staff responding to certain types of lower priority calls be an effective deployment method? Would this have any cost savings or allow AFD greater flexibility for other response opportunities?
Posted
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11 Fire Adler 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
Please provide a comparison of the actual overtime versus vacancy costs and the delta between the two for FY 2016. What has the overtime budget been for the last 3 years and how much over each year did the department exceed budget? Where is this overtime primarily occurring?
Posted
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12 Fire Flannigan 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
Concerning slide No. AFD-20 from the Austin Fire Department Review presentation on February 8th, “Other Call Types” are 24.1% of all calls received. Please provide a detailed breakdown of the type of these calls by percent and amount?
Posted
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13 Fire Flannigan 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
Please provide the number and type of structure fires that have occurred over the last ten fiscal years.
Posted
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14 Fire Flannigan 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
What is the reimbursement cost for dispatching Austin Fire Department (AFD) apparatus to the Emergency Service Districts (ESD)? Please provide this breakdown by city, county, and a combined total.
Posted
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15 Fire Pool 2018
Received: 2/15/2017
Please provide a map of your service area that includes the Emergency Service Districts.
Posted
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16 Parks and Recreation Houston 2018
Received: 3/27/2017
Please provide a history of funding for cultural programs at the Asian American Resource Center (AARC), George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, and at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC).
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17 Parks and Recreation Adler 2018
Received: 3/27/2017
Please describe the level of cost recovery for various Parks and Recreation Department activities and how it compares with the department’s cost-recovery goals.
Pending
 
18 Financial Services - Budget Troxclair 2018
Received: 4/24/2017
Please provide the percentage variance of the adopted maintenance and operations rate compared to the effective maintenance and operations tax rate for the previous 20 years for the following Texas cities: Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.
Pending
 
19 Parks and Recreation Alter 2018
Received: 4/25/2017
What projects is the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) using 2012 bond funds? How much of the 2012 bond funding has been spent to date?
Posted
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20 Parks and Recreation Alter 2018
Received: 4/25/2017
How much money has been raised as a result of the new Parkland Dedication ordinance? Please provide detail on what areas these monies will cover and what amount will go to each area.
Posted
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21 Financial Services - Budget Pool 2018
Received: 4/28/2017
Relating to the “Notable FY17 One-time Funding Items” Slide No. 52 in the FY 2018 Financial Forecast presentation, how much is spent on translation and interpretation services citywide?
Posted
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22 Austin Water / Development Services Pool 2018
Received: 5/1/2017
Please provide information regarding the financial impact of waiving service extension costs for the General Fund and Austin Water.
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23 Financial Services - Budget Pool 2018
Received: 5/1/2017
Concerning the pie chart on the “Current General Fund Expenditures” Slide No. 46 of the FY 2018 Financial Forecast presentation, please provide the personnel and operational costs for Police, Fire, and the Emergency Medical Services Departments, separated and categorized by each department.
Posted
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24 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2018
Received: 5/1/2017
Please explain the considerable number of unfilled full-time equivalents (FTEs) for the Austin Public Library Department, clarifying which and how many are driven by the new Central Library. Please also provide the same information for other City departments
Posted
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25 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2018
Received: 5/1/2017
What is the citywide process for handling vacancies? Please provide data on how long vacancies stay open citywide and the factors that could impact the length of a vacancy staying open.
Posted
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26 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2018
Received: 5/1/2017
Does the City of Austin have the ability to lower the General Homestead Exemption after it has been set?
Posted
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27 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2018
Received: 5/1/2017
Does the City of Austin have the ability to lower the senior Homestead Exemption and the senior tax freeze after it has been set?
Posted
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28 Financial Services - Budget Pool 2018
Received: 5/8/2017
Please provide the dollar amount necessary to increase the wages for all General Fund employees by 1%.
Posted
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29 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2018
Received: 5/11/2017
What are the increases in pay for public safety sworn personnel included in the contracts for Emergency Medical Services, Austin Fire, and Austin Police Departments? Please include, explain, and provide background on assignment and specialty pays (which includes educational and certification pays), step increases, longevity pay, and overtime in your response.
Posted
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30 Financial Services - Budget Alter 2018
Received: 5/10/2017
Please provide available data on sworn positions that have been vacant for at least 12 months with justification for continued funding.
Pending
 
31 Fire Alter 2018
Received: 5/10/2017
Concerning Slide No. 13 from the Four Person Staffing and Overtime presentation to Council on May 3, 2017, please provide how much of the overtime is related to special events.
Posted
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32 Fire Alter 2018
Received: 5/10/2017
What other elements contribute to overtime besides vacation and/or productive time for the Austin Fire Department?
Posted
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33 Planning and Zoning Alter 2018
Received: 5/10/2017
Please provide information involving any potential peculiarities of CodeNEXT regarding what’s bordering cemeteries or how they are coded.
Posted
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34 Financial Services - Budget Troxclair 2018
Received: 5/10/2017
For FY 2018, how much total additional revenue, including additional property tax revenue from new construction, will be raised at the effective tax rate?
Posted
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35 Fire Troxclair 2018
Received: 5/10/2017
For the last complete year of data, please provide the following information for the Austin Fire Department: • Total number of runs – the number of times the frontline unit/apparatus leaves the station • Total number of incidents (requests for service) for each station territory • Break down the total number of incidents for each station territory into specific types - structure fires, other fires, HazMat, Rescues, Medical, and other • Response time for any unit to arrive at an incident within the station territory
Posted
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36 Parks and Recreation Troxclair 2018
Received: 5/10/2017
What is the FY 2017 operations and maintenance (O&M) budget and year-to-date expenditures for the following parks facilities: Elisabet Ney Museum, O. Henry Museum, Zilker Park, and Barton Springs? Please also provide projected capital spending and appropriation based on the FY 2018 financial forecast for each of the aforementioned facilities, with the addition of Oakwood Chapel and Mayfield Park.
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37 Financial Services - Budget Troxclair 2018
Received: 5/12/2017
As of the FY 2018 Five-Year Financial Forecast, how much total additional General Fund revenue, excluding revenue from property taxes, is projected in comparison with FY 2017 budgeted revenue?
Posted
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38 Fire Alter 2018
Received: 5/12/2017
Please explain how vacation as “productive” time impacts overtime. 1. What is the average total hours and overtime hours firefighters are working per week? 2. What is the average number of overtime hours worked by rank? 3. How many overtime hours year-to-date have been triggered by using leave time in the same pay period? What percentage of firefighters have used leave and overtime in the same pay period?
Posted
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39 Fire Flannigan 2018
Received: 5/12/2017
Please provide performance measure data between FY 2007 and FY 2016 (earlier when possible) for the measures found on slide nos. 8-10 from the May 3, 2017 work session presentation titled “Four-person Staffing and Overtime”. Please include data on the “number of fatalities per structure fire” and “number of incidents per 1,000”. Additionally, please include a chart with sworn vacancies from FY 2007-2016.
Posted
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40 Fire Alter 2018
Received: 5/13/2017
Regarding the $3.5 million budget amendment for the Austin Fire Department, what are we actually spending the $3.5 million on? Please provide responses to the following questions as well. 1. What is the total number of hours of overtime likely to be funded by this additional $3.5 million? 2. How many hours and how much money per person on the force does $3.5 million translate to? 3. How might we think of this budget amendment amount relative to the reserve fund? 4. How else might we think about the total number of overtime hours funded by the proposed $3.5 million budget amendment? 5. How many total overtime hours have been used year-to-date connected to this request? 6. How many overtime hours year-to-date have been triggered by using leave time in the same pay period? 7. What percentage of firefighters have used leave and overtime in the same pay period? 8. What is the current amount of terminal pay for FY 2017?
Posted
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41 Fire/Financial Services/Budget Office Alter 2018
Received: 5/13/2017
Regarding the $3.5 million budget amendment for the Austin Fire Department (AFD), what are the opportunity costs of this decision? Please provide responses to the following questions as well. 1. Please provide a list of all the one-time items we funded last year and that we already are trying to include in next year’s budget (FY 2018). 2. Are these type of expenditures particularly likely to be precluded by using up reserves now? 3. Within the AFD budget, how might spending this money on overtime now impact our ability to make decisions that mitigate for wildfire preparedness at the budget cycle - or other desired AFD expenditures? 4. How might we impact future budgets in terms of likely overtime expenditures by agreeing to this budget amendment now? 5. Please verify that without the $5.8 million reserve added per the fiscal notes we would not be able to grant $3.5 million without dipping into our 12% reserve. 6. What would have happened had we arrived at this point in the year and our budget reconciliation had not yielded an extra $5.8 million? 7. If the extra reserves weren’t available, how would this have been covered within the existing AFD budget? 8. What would happen within the AFD budget and the larger City budget if we didn’t fund the $3.5 million?
Posted
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42 EMS/Fire/Police Alter 2018
Received: 5/13/2017
Regarding the $3.5 million budget amendment for the Austin Fire Department (AFD), why and how did we end up in a situation of relying on so much overtime to now be funded out of our reserves? Please provide responses to the following questions as well. 1. Since 2007 what have been our overtime costs incurred? 2. Please provide data or graphics on AFD overtime that would help us understand how long there has been a trend in increasing overtime expenditures? 3. Please provide data or graphics to help me better understand in real time how overtime expenditures map with the evolution of 4 person staffing (including its introduction and full implementation phases). 4. Please provide the same overtime mapping for the period extending from prior to and post the justice department’s consent decree. 5. Please provide detail as to when vacation was included in the contract as productive time and provide a graphic of vacancies to overtime for the last 10 years. 6. What portion of overtime comes from reimbursed special events for all public safety departments? 7. What portion comes from officers taking vacation as productive time for all public safety departments? 8. Which staff are taking overtime - thinking in terms of rank and pay for all public safety departments? 9. Broadly speaking how do special events contribute to overtime? 10. How much overtime do we pay that is driven by special events? 11. Please clarify how we calculate a given officer’s overtime in a given week if they work a special event. 12. Is there a trigger with respect to special events similar to the vacation productive pay example that leads us to have to pay overtime for the officer’s regular duties? 13. How much do we charge for overtime on special events and does that rate actually cover our costs? 14. What options do we have to alter that fee and when in the budget process might we address that? 15. Were there any unexpected, emergency or catastrophic events this year that drove overtime? 16. Provide the exact number of hours that were driven by these events and the percentage they represent of the overtime cost for this year. 17. How much overtime have we been incurring in order to spot vacancies? How many vacant positions are we spotting with overtime in this fiscal year?
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43 EMS/Fire/Police Alter 2018
Received: 5/13/2017
What are the structural elements in the contract that may be contributing to the use of overtime? What are the drivers in the various contracts that cause us to invest more in public safety than in other areas? Given that we spend over 67% of the General Fund budget on public safety, how do we measure our return on investment as compared to other cities’ expenditures and outcomes?
Posted
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44 Fire Flannigan 2018
Received: 5/11/2017
Regarding the $3.5 million budget amendment for the Austin Fire Department (AFD), how many total overtime hours have been used year-to-date connected to this request? How many overtime hours year-to-date have been triggered by using leave time in the same pay period? What percentage of firefighters have used leave and overtime in the same pay period? What is the current amount of terminal pay for FY 2017?
Posted
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45 Fire Troxclair 2018
Received: 5/15/2017
Regarding the $3.5 million budget amendment for the Austin Fire Department (AFD), how much was budgeted specifically for overtime this year? How much has been spent this fiscal year on overtime to date by the Department? If this were approved, how much in overtime expenditures are projected for the fiscal year? At what level does this put the Budget Stabilization Fund?
Posted
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46 Economic Development / Austin Public Health Troxclair 2018
Received: 5/25/2017
What is the total amount that the City of Austin provides for Workforce Development in 2016? On the Performance Measures site, it mentioned the total approved amount as $3,298,446 by Austin Public Health. Is this the only Workforce Development funding source or are there other City departments that also provide workforce development funding? Please include fiscal year (from when to when) of when these funds were disbursed for 2016 (contract timeline/contract year period). What is the total number of workforce development programs/organizations funded by the City of Austin and what is the breakdown of each investment in these programs? Please provide a very brief description of each of the programs, their services/type of training and population/clients they serve. Please indicate how many clients (total number) are served through each program. Please indicate the number of clients who are enrolled in training programs for the given year and how many earn (if any) an industry-based and recognized credential/certification (what kind?).
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47 Financial Services - Budget Flannigan 2018
Received: 5/25/2017
How many times and in what amounts has the Austin Fire Department needed mid-year adjustments for overtime? Were those amounts then included in the proceeding year’s budget?
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48 Economic Development / Austin Public Health Houston 2018
Received: 5/26/2017
How much do the organizations that receive social services and cultural contracts from the City of Austin pay their Executive Director?
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