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Budget Priorities

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The following Budget Priorities for FY 2015/2016 was passed at the September 22, 2014 City Council Meeting.  

BY THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LANSING

WHEREAS, the Charter of the City of Lansing requires the City Council to adopt an annual statement of Budget Policies and Priorities serving to guide the Administration in developing and presenting the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget; and

WHEREAS, the City Council, with joint efforts from the Administration and the Financial Health Team, established the following Mission/Vision and goals; and The City of Lansing’s mission is to ensure quality of life by:

I. Promoting a vibrant, safe, healthy and inclusive community that provides opportunity for personal and economic growth for residents, businesses and visitors.

a. The City’s diverse economy generates and retains (sustains) high quality stable jobs that strengthen the sales and property tax base and contribute to an exceptional quality of life.

b. The City is governed in a transparent, efficient, accountable and responsive manner on behalf of all citizens.

c. The city’s neighborhoods have various resources that allow them to be on a long term viable and appealing basis. d. Support economic development initiatives that promote and retain new industries and markets.

II. Securing short and long term financial stability through prudent management of city resources.

a. Wise stewardship of financial resources results in the city’s ability to meet and exceed service demands and obligations without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

b. Pursue and facilitate shared services regionally that allow for cost savings and revenue enhancement.

c. Support initiatives that build the City’s property and income tax base.

III. Providing reliable, efficient and quality services that are responsive to the needs of residents and businesses.

a. The City’s core services and infrastructure are efficiently, effectively and strategically delivered to enable economic development and to maintain citizen’s health, safety and general welfare.

IV. Adopting sustainable practices that protect and enhance our cultural, natural and historical resources.

a. Seek partnership opportunities with educational and corporate institutions and to maintain and expand our talent base.

b. Create vibrant places, support events and activities that showcase our waterfront and green spaces.

c. Raise the level of support for projects and initiatives that showcase local and state history.

V. Facilitating regional collaboration and connecting communities

a. The city has a safe efficient and well connected multimodal transportation system that contributes to a high quality of life and is sensitive to surrounding uses.

b. Seek a balanced distribution of affordable housing in the tri-county region.

WHEREAS, the City Council would like to continue its commitment, if funding is available, to:

• Maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure

• Preserve and ensure clean, safe, well-maintained housing and neighborhoods;

• Provide comprehensive and affordable recreational programs and youth and family services;

• Explore alternatives for improved efficiency in service and delivery; and

WHEREAS, in considering these Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget priorities, the Administration is encouraged to ascertain the feasibility of funding any new programs through either the reduction of spending in existing program areas or the exploration of new funding sources that would assure the sustainability of the program; and

WHEREAS, the Administration is encouraged to supplement, not supplant any existing resources for police, fire and local roads with the General Fund revenues collected under this millage;

NOW BE IT RESOLVED, that the Lansing City Council, hereby, acknowledges that the City will likely need to adopt, at best, a budget which recognizes the structural changes that are the result of lost revenues and future liabilities, encourages the Administration to prudently develop next year’s budget with the following conditions:

• Protection of public and emergency services; and

• Use of the Budget Stabilization Fund to prevent layoffs

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Administration review the attached statement of policies and priorities and implement those items that would boost efficiencies to increase productivity or reduce costs, that could replace existing programming, or if funding becomes available, that could be considered as new programming; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Administration is requested to the extent practicable to include non-appropriations clauses and other similar out provisions in existing and future leases, and vendor contracts upon review of City Council; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Administration is requested to the extent practicable to negotiate a 20% reduction in costs in existing and future leases and vendor contracts and that a report is generated to show examples of success.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Administration is requested to include in its Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget, the necessary funding to accomplish all requested plans, studies, evaluations, reviews, report submissions, program assessments, and analyses noted within this resolution below, or, alternatively, documentation as to why such activities are prohibitively costly.

I. Promoting a vibrant, safe, healthy and inclusive community that provides opportunity for personal and economic growth for residents, businesses and visitors.

a) The City’s diverse economy generates and retains (sustains) high quality stable jobs that strengthen the sales and property tax base and contribute to an exceptional quality of life.

(1) Economic Development The Administration should require a beautification standard / expectation and a storm water mitigation plan for all proposed development projects that receive incentives from the City. Such standards should serve as a planning and economic development tool that will enhance property values, create jobs, and revitalize neighborhoods and business areas.

b) The City is governed in a transparent efficient accountable and responsive manner on behalf of all citizens.

(1) Administration is to present to City Council a delineation of recommendations of the Financial Health Team, noting which recommendations have been implemented, which are in the FY 2016 proposed Budget, which are planned to be implemented at a future time, and which have been determined not to be implemented at any time. A timetable for future implementation is requested.

(2) Administration is to present to Council a Supplemental Accounting Level Detail.

(3) Develop and analyze a cost recovery schedule for City services.

(4) Develop a return on investment analysis for all proposed changes in City services.

(5) Identify and provide a complete analysis of the City’s structural deficits and the Administration’s plan to eliminate the same.

(6) Incorporate into the proposed Budget a 5-Year projection of revenues and expenditures.

(7) As part of the budgeting process, Administration create an ordinance that we set aside an amount for the sustainability of Capital Projects.

c) The City’s neighborhoods have various resources that allow them to be long term viable and appealing.

(1) Administration research surrounding community models for neighborhood organization technical support structure within the city.

(2) Administration create or modify a position to be a liason between the neighborhoods and appropriate city departments. Then define responsibilities based on best practices on what other communities do.

(3) Expedite Improving Abandoned Residential and Commercial Buildings: The City Attorney and the Planning and Neighborhood Development Department should continue expediting the forced improvements or closure of abandoned, neglected, and burned out houses and commercial buildings, and use the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC).

(4) Grocery Stores: The Administration and the City of Lansing Economic Development Corporation should pursue grocery stores in the urban core using all State and Federal incentives, such as Public Act 231 of 2008 (Tax Incentive for the establishment of retail groceries promoting healthy foods), the Federal Community and Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative and the issuance of a national request for proposals to encourage the location of urban grocery stores.

(5) Code Compliance: The Administration shall ensure the Code Compliance Department is conducting the appropriate inspections and issuing appropriate fines to ensure the buildings in our city are safe and that we have quality neighborhoods. The Administration is to conduct a study of the Code Compliance needs for the city and report back to the City Council on the findings of the study.

d) Support economic development initiatives that promote and retain new industries and markets.

II. Securing short and long term financial stability through prudent management of City resources.

a) Wise stewardship of financial resources results in the City’s ability to meet and exceed service demands and obligations without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same.

b) Pursue and facilitate shared services regionally that allow for cost savings and revenue enhancement.

(1) Administration pursue partnerships with stakeholders, (intra municipal and intergovernmental), to align services in relation to public services.

(2) Facilities Plan: The Administration is requested to submit a five and ten year Master Facilities Plan including school and county facilities that are used for current and future City uses. City Council is also requesting that the Administration continue to work on the delayed maintenance issues with regard to all City Facilities.

c) Support initiatives that build City’s property and income tax base.

III. Providing reliable, efficient and quality services that are responsive to the needs of residents and businesses.

a) The City’s core services and infrastructure are efficiently, effectively and strategically delivered to enable economic development and to maintain citizen’s health, safety and general welfare.

(1) Establish uniform procedures for staff and contractors pertaining to code compliance remediation and reporting.

(2) City-wide Emergency Preparedness: The Administration should allocate sufficient funding for the Emergency Management Division to prepare City Employees with appropriate emergency training, continue efforts to prepare the public and neighborhood groups to assist in emergencies, and provide basic search and rescue operations and necessary emergency equipment at key City facilities, and communicate the plan to the public. Updated and continual training should be provided. The Administration shall assist residents in times of unforeseen disasters.

(3) Fire Facilities Maintenance: The Administration is to conduct a study of the maintenance needs of all fire stations and report quarterly to City Council an update on the status of the study.

(4) Regionalism: The Administration should continue with the current regional efforts, and look into the possibility of expanding the efforts.

(5) Police-Community Relations: The Police Department should continue to ensure and work on improving police-community relations. Reaffirm the City’s commitment to equality and freedom for all people regardless of actual or perceived race, sex, religion, ancestry, national original, color, age, height, weight, student status, marital status, familiar status, housing status, military discharge status, sexual orientation, gender identification or expression, mental or physical limitation, and legal source of income.

(6) Crime Prevention: The Administration is requested and encouraged to invest in programs for long-term crime prevention strategies.

(7) Allocate Overtime for Zero Tolerance Areas: The Administration should earmark sufficient overtime funds for patrol officers to address problem solving to help curtain crime in zero tolerance areas.

(8) Community Policing: Continue to develop programming and search for grant funds to increase COPs in neighborhoods with a goal not only to reduce crime but to stabilize the neighborhood over an extended period of time that will help to ensure its ability to rebound.

IV. Adopting sustainable practices that protect and enhance our cultural, natural and historical resources.

a) Seek partnership opportunities with educational and corporate institutions and to maintain and expand our talent base.

b) Create vibrant places, support events and activities that showcase our waterfront and green spaces.

(1) Trail/Greenways: The Administration should encourage the Parks and Recreation Department to work collaboratively with the Tri-County Planning Commission to develop / expand our citywide / regional trail system and seek opportunities to reduce expenses in this effort. Additionally, look at the feasibility of connecting the River Trail (through bike lanes / Greenways to Trails) where there is currently no access to the trail.

c) Raise the level of support for projects and initiatives that showcase local and state history.

V. Facilitating regional collaboration and connecting communities.

a) The City has a safe efficient and well connected multimodal transportation system that contributes to a high quality of life and is sensitive to surrounding uses.

(1) Corridor: City Council encourages the Administration continue to develop a plan to revitalize and enhance all major corridors that lead into the City.

b) Seek a balanced distribution of affordable housing in the tri-county region.

c) Administration shall encourage the Lansing School District Board to re-enact a functional Intergovernmental Relations Committee that is comparative to our Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

Sherrie Boak
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