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1 Economic Development Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
Concerning the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) in the Second Street District, please provide the following: ? How many separate parking contracts does the City of Austin have with Second Street businesses? ? When are these contracts scheduled for consideration of renewal? ? How many different businesses are represented by those contracts? ? Please provide information for these parking contracts and valet services for the last five years indicating the number of validated hours, the value of those hours if regular rates applied, the number of individual customers, and the number of customers by individual business. ? Please indicate the approximate number of employees working at the businesses represented by the parking contracts and provide general information about where those employees typically park.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #1 Tovo
Answered:  08/08/2019
2 Economic Development Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
? How much money is included in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget for these agreements, including a breakdown of the components of this Proposed Budget; ? What portion of this amount is already committed to ongoing agreements; ? A description for all active Chapter 380 agreements, including all of the following information: o The remaining duration; o The value of incentives to date; o The projected value of incentives left; ? How many lower- and middle-earning jobs (below $70,000) could be impacted should the Chapter 380 agreement be ended prematurely.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #2 Tovo
Answered:  08/29/2019
3 Economic Development Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
How much is included in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget for all of the Austin Chamber of Commerce organizations? Which, if any, of the local Chambers of Commerce contribute funding to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #3 Tovo
Answered:  08/08/2019
4 Management Services Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
What is the total amount of non-First Amendment special event fees waived by Council for FY 2016-17, FY 2017-18, and year-to-date for FY 2018-19? Please include City co-sponsored events, a subtotal for Austin Police Department, and the total amount of reimbursed and non-reimbursed police overtime for the special events during the same periods.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #4 Tovo
Answered:  08/23/2019
5 Austin Code Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
Referencing Council Resolution No. 20181129-041, what is the total amount of time and resources dedicated to short-term rental enforcement?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #5 Tovo
Answered:  08/12/2019
6 Human Resources Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
What is the estimated fiscal impact of raising the City’s living wage for all full-time and part-time employees to $16.83 / hour in FY 2019-20?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #6 Tovo
Answered:  08/14/2019
7 Economic Development Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
How much did the City contribute to Capital Idea in FY 2018-19? How much did Travis County contribute to Capital Idea in FY 2018-19?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #7 Tovo
Answered:  08/19/2019
8 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
What is the estimated additional revenue the City would realize by repealing the General Homestead Exemption in FY 2019-20? How much additional revenue would be realized if the General Homestead Exemption were set to 2%, 5%, and 8%? Please provide the number of homesteads at various bracketed levels of taxable valuation.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #8 Tovo
Answered:  08/13/2019
9 Human Resources Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
How much savings would be realized by eliminating the non-medical incentives for the Healthy Rewards program?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #9 Tovo
Answered:  08/19/2019
10 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
How much savings would be realized by aligning all proposed FY 2019-20 budget for travel and training with the current year estimates (CYEs) for FY 2018-19?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #10 Tovo
Answered:  08/08/2019
11 Convention Center Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
What are the monthly year-to-date totals for the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) in FY 2018-19?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #11 Tovo
Answered:  08/06/2019
12 Economic Development Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
Please detail the amounts budgeted for the Historic Preservation Fund in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget. Organize the response by project and category identified in Council Resolution 20181004-033.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #12 Tovo
Answered:  08/30/2019
13 Economic Development Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
Provide a list of all projects, by department, eligible for Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funding. Please also provide a list of the projects receiving funding through the HOT in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget along with the corresponding amounts.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #13 Tovo
Answered:  08/22/2019
14 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
Provide a list of all efficiencies in operations in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #14 Tovo
Answered:  08/21/2019
15 General Fund/Support Services Fund/Major Enterprises/Utilities Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
Please provide a list of all professional organizations the City of Austin and/or City of Austin employees have memberships and the total amount of the memberships in FY 2018-19.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #15 Tovo
Answered:  09/07/2019
16 Austin Energy/Austin Water Utility Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
What is the total FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget for the Customer Assistance Program (CAP)? Is there a projected surplus or deficit, and how much? If there is a surplus, will the funds be rolled over and remain in the program?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #16 Tovo
Answered:  08/14/2019
17 Housing Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
Is a Neighborhood Empowerment Zone (NEZ) pilot incorporated into the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #17 Tovo
Answered:  08/06/2019
18 Development Services Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
Have outside consultants been hired to work on the land development code (LDC) rewrite? Have previous contractors/consultants, including Opticos, been engaged for this work? How much is budgeted in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget for the LDC rewrite? Are there remaining funds for the FY 2018-19 Amended Budget that could be appropriated for this purpose?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #18 Tovo
Answered:  08/13/2019
19 Human Resources Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
What would the total cost be to raise the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for civilian employees from 2.5% to 3%?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #19 Tovo
Answered:  09/09/2019
20 Austin Public Health Tovo 2020
Received: 8/5/2019
How much has Travis County contributed to AISD afterschool programs or the Parent Support Specialist Program over the past 5 years?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #20 Tovo
Answered:  08/08/2019
21 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2020
Received: 8/8/2019
In response to Resolution No. 20190620-089, does the City Manager’s proposed budget invest any of the soon-to-be collected taxes for the Lake Austin properties in any of the following areas: ? Emergency shelter operations and services; ? Rapid re-housing and emergency rental assistance; ? Permanent supportive housing services; ? Mental health and addiction support services; ? Child care services; and ? Early childcare education If so, please provide additional details.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #21 Tovo
Answered:  08/31/2019
22 Planning and Zoning Tovo 2020
Received: 8/8/2019
In response to Resolution No. 20181018-037, is funding for a public plaza program included in the City Manager’s proposed budget?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #22 Tovo
Answered:  08/27/2019
23 Austin Public Health Tovo 2020
Received: 8/8/2019
In response to Resolution No. 20170928-057, is funding for a childcare facility at Highland Mall included in the City Manager’s proposed budget?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #23 Tovo
Answered:  08/19/2019
24 Austin Public Health Tovo 2020
Received: 8/8/2019
In response to Resolution No. 20181018-041, is funding for an adult day care center at RBJ included in the City Manager’s proposed budget?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #24 Tovo
Answered:  08/13/2019
25 Economic Development Tovo 2020
Received: 8/8/2019
In response to Resolution No. 20140612-072 and Resolution No. 20170323-053, is funding for a qualified individual or entity to provide training, technical assistance, advertising, and outreach to local cooperatives and groups interested in forming a cooperative included in the City Manager’s proposed budget?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #25 Tovo
Answered:  08/14/2019
26 Communications and Public Information Tovo 2020
Received: 8/8/2019
In response to Resolution No. 20161103-047, is funding for on-site supervision for children at public City meetings included in the City Manager’s proposed budget?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #26 Tovo
Answered:  08/31/2019
27 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2020
Received: 8/8/2019
Were any of the budget recommendations put forth by the Commission for Women included in the City Manager’s proposed budget?
Posted
DocumentImage  FY20 #27 Tovo
Answered:  08/29/2019
28 Parks and Recreation Tovo 2020
Received: 8/9/2019
Does the City Manager’s proposed budget contain funds to accomplish the recommended improvements in the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities’ Resolution No. 20180810-3B?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #28 Tovo
Answered:  08/21/2019
29 Financial Services - Budget Flannigan 2020
Received: 8/13/2019
How much is budgeted in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget for new full-time employees’ (FTEs) personnel costs in the General Fund? How much is budgeted for wage adjustments for existing FTEs in the General Fund?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #29 Flannigan
Answered:  08/14/2019
31 Development Services/Planning and Zoning Pool 2020
Received: 8/13/2019
Regarding staff time spent at Development Services Department (DSD) and Planning and Zoning (PAZ): ? How much staff time is spent each fiscal year on DSD/PNZ intake activities that constitute retyping or re-entering handwritten information from a zoning or other land use application into a city system? Please quantify this staff time in terms of monetary value, as well. How much staff time is spent each fiscal year processing checks or other in-person payments for land use intake fees? Please quantify this staff time in terms of monetary value, as well. ? How much staff time is spent each fiscal year on DSD intake activities that constitute retyping or re-entering handwritten information from a permit application for both large and small residential and commercial projects? Please quantify this staff time in terms of monetary value, as well. How much staff time is spent each fiscal year processing checks or other in-person payments for land use intake fees? Please quantify this staff time in terms of monetary value, as well. ? Please report on the progress to fully transition to an electronic application and payment system for the activities named above.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #31 Pool
Answered:  08/23/2019
32 Financial Services - Budget Flannigan 2020
Received: 8/15/2019
Please provide a list of major changes to the General Fund between the FY 2018-19 Amended Budget and the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #32 Flannigan
Answered:  08/22/2019
33 Police Alter 2020
Received: 8/20/2019
How many detectives are being added to the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget? How many detectives will specifically be added to the Sex Crimes Unit?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #33 Alter
Answered:  08/20/2019
34 Police Alter 2020
Received: 8/20/2019
Which Austin Police Department (APD) units will receive new sworn officers? How many of each new sworn position will these units receive?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #34 Alter
Answered:  08/31/2019
35 Police Alter 2020
Received: 8/20/2019
How many new Victim Services counselors will the Austin Police Department (APD) receive funding for? Which units will receive these counselors?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #35 Alter
Answered:  08/23/2019
37 Austin Public Health Alter 2020
Received: 8/20/2019
How much does the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget include for ongoing funds related to AISD (Primetime After School, Parent Support Services, family service centers, Victory Tutoring Program)? How does that compare to last year’s budget for ongoing funds? How much did the City provide to AISD in one-time funding last year? How does that compare to this year?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #37 Alter
Answered:  08/23/2019
38 Economic Development Alter 2020
Received: 8/20/2019
How much does the proposed budget include for ongoing funds for workforce development and how does that compare to last year’s allocation for ongoing funds? How much did the City allocate to workforce development in one-time funds last year, and how does that compare to this year?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #38 Alter
Answered:  09/09/2019
39 Fire Alter 2020
Received: 8/20/2019
What was the allocated spend to the Wildfire Division over the last three years? Please break down between one-time and ongoing funds. What new funding is allocated to the Wildfire Division for FY 2019-20? How will the FY 2019-20 Proposed allocation be spent, broken down by program?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #39 Alter
Answered:  09/06/2019
40 Police Casar 2020
Received: 8/20/2019
What are the 30 new officer positions within the Austin Police Department being used for? What ranks, activities, and divisions are they proposed for? At what point in FY 2019-20 will the 30 new proposed officer positions start? Are they budgeted for full year or part of the year? What will the costs be in FY 2019-20 & FY 2020-21 for the 30 proposed positions?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #40 Casar
Answered:  09/03/2019
41 Police Casar 2020
Received: 8/20/2019
There are funds included in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget for the Fair & Impartial Policing Training for the Austin Police Department. Is there an organization, person, or group currently proposed to conduct this training? If so, who is this organization, person, or group?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #41 Casar
Answered:  08/21/2019
42 Police Casar 2020
Received: 8/20/2019
How many open uniformed positions are there in APD? What was the graduation class size & rate of the last five cadet academies?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #42 Casar
Answered:  08/21/2019
43 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2020
Received: 8/21/2019
Please provide a summary of the programs or funding allocations included in the $17 million in increased spending on homelessness.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #43 Tovo
Answered:  09/03/2019
44 General Fund/Support Services Fund/Major Enterprises/Utilities Tovo 2020
Received: 8/21/2019
Please provide information regarding any programs your department operates that have been funded in FY 2018-19 that are not budgeted for in FY 2019-20. Please also include any programs that have significant reductions in funding for FY 2019-20.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #44 Tovo
Answered:  09/07/2019
45 Austin Energy Harper-Madison 2020
Received: 8/22/2019
How much funding is included in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget for new or existing solar programs that expand access to low-income renters and multifamily projects?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #45 Harper-Madison
Answered:  08/31/2019
46 Austin Public Health Garza 2020
Received: 8/23/2019
In the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget, what is the overall spending to improve access to child care and early childhood education? Specifically, what is the funding status of each of the recommendations from the High Quality Child Care and Pre-K 3 Report?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #46 Garza
Answered:  09/04/2019
47 Parks and Recreation/Human Resources Flannigan 2020
Received: 8/26/2019
Please provide a breakdown of costs associated with wage increases for all lifeguards at the Barton Springs Pool in increase of $0.25, $0.50, $0.75, and $1.00 to a maximum of $16/hour. Please also include the impact of making this change.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #47 Flannigan
Answered:  09/05/2019
48 Police Adler 2020
Received: 8/27/2019
Please provide the performance data requested in Council Resolution No. 20180322-047: ? Percent reduction in overall use of force and deadly force; ? Percent and number of interactions leading to critical incidents; ? Percent of officer suspensions for misconduct where suspension is not overturned or reduced upon appeal; ? Percent of officers with history of misconduct - or conversely percentage with no history of misconduct; ? Percent case clearance rates by type of offense; ? Number of citizen complaints; ? Number of police misconduct complaints, regardless of source (includes complaints based on statement by other officers or initiated by OPM); ? Resident satisfaction through consistent annual survey protocol (disaggregated by neighborhood and demographic characteristics); and ? Police officer and staff job satisfaction through survey protocol (disaggregated).
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DocumentImage  FY20 #48 Adler
Answered:  09/05/2019
49 Transportation Garza 2020
Received: 8/28/2019
Council Resolution No. 20181213-044 provided a list of fifteen potential actions that represent a range of approaches and investment strategies that could boost transit ridership. Please provide a breakdown of funding for any programs and strategies in the proposed FY 2019-20 budget responsive to this resolution, including any additional FTEs funded for these programs or strategies and in which department(s) they will be housed.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #49 Garza
Answered:  09/06/2019
50 Police Harper-Madison 2020
Received: 8/28/2019
APD currently reports 102 vacancies. Are these 102 vacant staff positions currently funded?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #50 Harper-Madison
Answered:  09/03/2019
51 Police Harper-Madison 2020
Received: 8/28/2019
Please provide the current demographics of sworn Austin Police Department employees and the number that reside in the City of Austin.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #51 Harper-Madison
Answered:  08/30/2019
52 Financial Services - Budget Harper-Madison 2020
Received: 8/28/2019
Per a City-commissioned audit released in July 2019, "The City’s current contribution rate of 21.313% is not expected to amortize the unfunded liability over any amortization period." How will the addition of 30 Austin Police Department (APD) new staff positions impact the solvency of the Police pension fund?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #52 Harper-Madison
Answered:  09/03/2019
53 Parks and Recreation/Human Resources Kitchen 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
Regarding compensation for City of Austin lifeguards: ? What would the impact be on increasing wages for open water certified lifeguards by $0.75/hour across all pools? ? What would the impact be of paying lifeguards City Holiday Pay if that holiday is worked?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #53 Kitchen
Answered:  09/06/2019
54 Austin Public Health Tovo 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
Regarding the Workforce First Program, how many people are helped with the $50,000 included in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget? Was this a pilot program that expanded or a stand-alone program?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #54 Tovo
Answered:  09/05/2019
55 Public Works Tovo 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
Please describe the $115,000 that is suggested for cleaning portable toilets, particularly in light of the permanent restroom units that are scheduled for installation in November.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #55 Tovo
Answered:  09/05/2019
56 Financial Services - Budget Tovo 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
Please describe all of the current year and proposed improvements at the ARCH and please delineate each allocation by Department and funding stream.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #56 Tovo
Answered:  09/04/2019
57 Austin Water Tovo 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
Can the proposed budget absorb the costs for the installation, operations, and maintenance of drinking fountains as contemplated in Resolution No. 20190808-071?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #57 Tovo
Answered:  09/05/2019
58 Housing Tovo 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
Please confirm that the $165,000 that was allocated for the tenant relocation nexus study last year is still in NHCD’s proposed budget for this purpose.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #58 Tovo
Answered:  08/30/2019
59 Austin Public Health Alter 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
How many new pre-k classrooms are funded under Child and Youth Assistance?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #59 Alter
Answered:  09/06/2019
60 Management Services Alter 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
What new spending has been allocated towards the Office of Sustainability for FY20?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #60 Alter
Answered:  09/05/2019
61 Parks and Recreation/Austin Public Health Alter 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
What new spending for FY20 has been allocated towards programs for seniors?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #61 Alter
Answered:  09/04/2019
62 Police Staff 2020
Received: 8/30/2019
At the August 29, 2019 work session, a number of questions about Austin Police Department’s (APD) staffing, vacancies, and overtime were asked. These questions are: ? Please provide more detail regarding APD’s sworn vacancies. In addition, please provide detail about how costs associated with new officers are paid out if officer positions are not filled in the current year. ? Provide information on attrition rate, including: calculations for attrition rates, percentage of classes filled, and what can be done to reduce attrition rates. In addition, please provide a detailed schedule demonstrating when vacancies are estimated to be filled. ? How was overtime budgeted and expended in FY 2016-17, FY 2017-18, and year-to-date FY 2018-19? How does this calculation take into account the vacancy rate for the Department? Please provide overtime information in terms of reimbursed and non-reimbursed overtime. ? How do promotional positions being added affect the police force? ? Can Community Service Officers be utilized to more efficiently and affordably achieve some of APD’s community policing goals?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #62 Staff
Answered:  09/03/2019
63 Convention Center/Economic Development Staff 2020
Received: 8/30/2019
At the August 29, 2019 work session, a number of questions about the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), Economic Development, and the Austin Convention Center were asked. Please provide responses to the following: ? What is the average amount per cultural contract? ? What is the age of all cultural contracts? ? What is the current funding process for cultural contracts? ? What possibility is there to fund Historic Preservation and Cultural Arts staff with hotel occupancy taxes, but not directly from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and Cultural Arts Fund (CAF) allocations? ? What is the current amount of staff funding that is paid out of the HPF and CAF?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #63 Staff
Answered:  09/05/2019
64 Housing Staff 2020
Received: 8/30/2019
At the August 29, 2019 work session, further information was requested regarding the following: ? Please provide projected expenditures for the Housing Trust Fund’s programs and activities in FY 2019-20.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #64 Staff
Answered:  09/05/2019
65 General Fund/Support Services Fund/Major Enterprises/Utilities Alter 2020
Received: 9/3/2019
Describe any grants and the programs those grants fund that your department expects to expire within FY 2019-20, which do not have a renewal option and may result in the reduction of services.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #65 Alter
Answered:  09/09/2019
66 Office of Real Estate Services Garza 2020
Received: 9/6/2019
Is there a cost estimate on what it would take to retrofit and lease space for a child care facility at the new Municipal Court building?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #66 Garza
Answered:  09/06/2019
67 Police Staff 2020
Received: 9/4/2019
At the September 4, 2019, work session, the following questions about Austin Police Department’s (APD) staffing, vacancies, and overtime were asked: ? Please provide a flow of funds showing the relationship between APD’s unbudgeted savings and how those savings are expended in the FY19 budget. ? Please provide a breakdown of how non-reimbursed overtime was spent in FY18 and year-to-date FY19. ? Please provide additional scenarios showing when APD vacancies will be filled. If the 30 APD sworn positions included in the Proposed Budget cannot be filled, what will the funding be used for?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #67 Staff
Answered:  09/06/2019
68 Fire Alter 2020
Received: 9/6/2019
Provide the details behind the $1.3 million Austin Fire Department overtime calculation caused by the command tech program added in the FY 2019-20 Proposed Budget
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DocumentImage  FY20 #68 Alter
Answered:  09/06/2019
69 Economic Development Staff 2020
Received: 8/29/2019
Please provide the FY 2019-20 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) project list and five-year projection project list.
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DocumentImage  FY20 #69 Staff
Answered:  09/06/2019
70 Financial Services - Budget Staff 2020
Received: 9/10/2019
How much funding is included in the budget for rental assistance services associated with the operation of the South Austin Housing Center? How was this amount calculated and what department is the funding budgeted?
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DocumentImage  FY20 #70 Staff
Answered:  09/10/2019
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