Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides announced that the FY 2016 Operating Budget passed tonight by a 7 to 1 vote.
The $98.4 million Operating Budget is a level service budget and used a new approach called Priority Program Budgeting. “The FY 2016 budget is one we can all be proud of and this budget will be used as we formulate our long-term financial plan for the city,” Mayor Pantelides said. “I want to thank the Finance Department, City Council, and our Finance Committee, chaired by Ian Pfeiffer, for their due diligence and thoughtful process, making this budget a success.”
While there are a number of mandates that drive this budget including salaries, Police and Fire pensions and health benefits; the FY 2016 approved budget focuses on Public Safety, the environment, infrastructure, and operational efficiencies.
Mayor Pantelides requested a $20,000 budget amendment for a Maryland Hall community grant that became part of the budget. Other amendments in the FY 2016 budget and FY 2016 Fees Schedule include:
- Increase the Community Grant Award for We Care and Friends, Inc. to $30,000 from $20,000
- Taxicab Fee Reduction for a new license from $500 to $400 and license renewal from $300 to $200
- Solid Waste Annual Fee Reduction of 15%
- Reducing wastewater revenue from General Fund subsidy by $440,000
Highlights in the $8.8 million Capital Budget include:
- City Facility Improvements – $350,000
- Street and Sidewalk Improvements – $3.2 million
- Stormwater Improvements – $100,000
- Water Improvements – $2.5 million
- Sewer Improvements – $2.5 million
- Transportation Improvements – $135,000
“The new program budgeting process gave policymakers additional information to help make difficult decisions and move forward, facing the challenges associated with our ten- year outlook,” Finance Director Bruce Miller said. “While we have met the needs of FY 2016, we will immediately shift gears and focus on our long-term and Capital outlook.”