Committee of the Whole Summary & Budget Review 10/18/21
General Fund Budget Public Hearing
Monday, October 18, 2021
Attending: J. Waltman, D. Reed, M. Goodman-Hinnershitz, L. Sihelnik, S. Marmarou, M. Ventura, J. Cepeda-Freytiz, L. Kelleher, J. Kelly, F. Lachat, M. Rodriguez, A. Amoros, R. Tornielli, W. Stoudt, F. Denbowski, J. Long, M. Oppenheimer, S. Smith, S. Rugis, D. Kostival
Council President Waltman called the hearing to order at approximately 5:09 pm. He announced that the purpose of the hearing is to obtain public comment on the proposed 2022 budget. Due to the pandemic, the public is prohibited from physically attending the meeting. The meeting is convened via virtual app.
Those without internet or dial-in ability have the opportunity to view the meeting in the Penn Room, City Hall. Public comment is available by using the meeting link, calling the phone number listed on the agenda, or though the Penn Room connection.
- Presentation by the Administration
Mr. Kelly stated that the General Fund Budget originally had revenues and expenses with a value of $ 94,658,956; however, some line item adjustments have occurred since October 1st as follows:
Revenue Oct 1st Current Real Estate Taxes $25,722,577 Earned Income Tax 20,512,120 Other - Act 511 Taxes 8,506,010 Licenses, Permits & Fees 5,363,381 5,326,881 Intergovernmental 6,828,630 7,995,220 Charges for Services 5,100,836 4,976,936 Interest & Rentals 2,207,300 2,208,300 Other Revenues 4,577,503 3,445,313 Transfers 13,441,372 13,566,372 Fund Balance 2,527,165 2,399,227 Expenses Oct 1 Current Board of Ethics 85,000 CD 4,485,759 4,499,305 City Auditor 175,788 184,966 City Council 449,297 459,297 Finance 4,676,003 4,673,446 Fire 20,139,584 20,100,896 HRC 191,804 Law 915,451 Library 838,768 Managing Director 449,106 463,965 Mayor's Office 385,526 Non Dept 16,193,974 Police 37,299,684 37,266,800 Public Works 8,501,150 8,409,756 Total Revenues & Expenses $94,786,894
- Public Comment (No More than 3 minutes per speaker)
Mr. Waltman opened the floor for public comment. No one was registered to speak and no written comment was received. No citizens were connected to the meeting via the meeting link or telephone and no one was present in the Penn Room. The comment period was closed.
- Council Comment
Councilor Cepeda-Freytiz questioned the changes highlighted by Mr. Kelly and inquired why these new line item projections were not shared with Council and the public prior to tonight’s hearing.
Councilor Goodman-Hinnershitz agreed but noted the need for all to remember that the budget is a living document that changes throughout the pre-enactment review process and throughout the operational year as the budget is a plan. She inquired about holding a second public hearing prior to the enactment of the budget.
The City Clerk explained that the budget ordinances are listed on each regular meeting agenda and the public has the ability to comment or ask questions at each regular meeting between October 1st and the date of enactment between the end of November and mid-December.
Councilor Ventura agreed with the need to distribute modifications in advance to provide Council time to digest the modifications. She also questioned why these changes were made without including Council input.
Council President Waltman noted that further discussion about this issue can occur at the COW immediately following this hearing.
Mr. Marmarou moved, seconded by Ms. Goodman-Hinnershitz, to adjourn the hearing at approximately 5:17 pm.
Respectfully Submitted by
Linda A. Kelleher, CMC, City Clerk