Program Prioritization Changes

Program cost

We have provided General Fund cost estimates of programs. General Fund describes those programs that are generally paid for with property taxes, sales tax, some occupation taxes, and fees. We listed the only General Fund costs because most residents are concerned about cuts or additions in this fund.

Tier 0

Many residents expressed concern that they could not determine which programs were mandated by federal and state law. We moved our state and federal mandated programs into a new "Tier 0" for easier identification. Seventeen programs representing about $2.5 million in direct costs are listed in "Tier 0."

Clarity

Text was changed for many programs to make them easier to understand. Example: "Joint Budget Committee." Very few people outside of City Hall understand that this is a joint program of the City and County, and that it funds human service non-profits. The text was changed to read "Human services funding/Joint Budget Committee"

Major program changes 2014-16

Rounding

In an effort to make the program costs easier to follow, the estimated cost of the programs was rounded to the nearest $500.

Program Changes

Parks & Recreation programs have been re-organized to better group similar program services. For instance, recreation programs and human service programs at community centers were previously listed as separate programs. For 2014-16, they are listed as one program.

In addition, some programs that had been cut in previous years budgets have been removed. For instance, the Star City Parade was cut in an earlier budget and no longer appears in the prioritization.

Programs cut over the last several budgets include:

Bike medic program cut in the 2010-11 budget
Willard Community Center cut in the 2010-11 budget
Municipal band concerts cut in the 2010-11 budget
School resource officers in middle schools cut in the 2010-11 budget
Health Department adult screening & community outreach cut in the 2010-11 budget
Star City parade cut in the 2010-11 budget
Small family child care homes permitting cut in the 2010-11 budget
Neighborhood stabilization program grant funding ended after 2013-14 budget