05/20/10 261 W - + 6 - 3 Raleigh's Proposed Budget

The Raleigh City Manager this week announced the proposed budget for FY11. As this press release notes, the total is 11.1 percent less than the current budget. It eliminates 24 vacant positions, shares health-care costs with employees, and shrinks compensation increase. Other positions have been added, and a number of cost-saving measures highlighted. Five budget documents have been posted on the city's web site, including the proposed operating and capital budgets.

In the Operating Budget document, the Public Safety section starts on page 135, and the fire department in page 138. The proposed total expenditures are $50,115,068, which is a 0.7 percent increase from the current amount. The number of positions stays the same at 28 civilian and 540 sworn positions.

The highlight budget changes for the coming fiscal year include delayed replacement of two engines with high repair costs and excessive mileage, delayed uniform replacement in all divisions, delayed replacement of one and purchase of three additional thermal imaging cameras, removed funding for the Capital Leadership training program, removed funding for the child seat installation training program, and reduced funding for public fire education materials.

Also listed are anticipated accomplishments for the coming fiscal year, and a review of accomplishments from the past fiscal year. Plus performance indicators.

In the Capital Improvements document, fire department facility plans consist of Fire Station 12 relocation (FY13-FY14), Fire Station 3 replacement (FY13-FY15), Fire Station 30 (FY15), driver training facility (FY14-FY15), and fire training facility expansion (FY15-). Other items include roof replacements, backup generators, and 800 MHz radios.

Read the budget documents, or read the budget press release.

where would station 30 be built come fiscal year 2015?
charlie (Email) - 05/20/10 - 10:16

Sta.30 is proposed to be located on Auburn-Knightdale Rd. near the Rock Quarry Rd. intersection. Reading through the budget I see all public safety depts. are being affected by decreased budgets. However, the amphitheater funding has increased. I guess the citizens would rather be entertained than safe. Makes sense to me by judging today’s society.
RescueRanger - 05/20/10 - 21:16

What he said….
Silver - 05/20/10 - 23:29

Or maybe they are thinking that the amphitheater will generate revenue
Taxpayer - 05/21/10 - 16:34

Quite possibly. And maybe they’re not thinking about the possibility of work-related injuries due to the fact the proposed budget states to not repair items when they break creating a life-safety issue (btw, the city is self-insured.). And maybe their not thinking about the decrease in tax revenue when people start to move away because the streets have become a little more dangerous because there will be less officers patrolling and more down time when vehicles are marked out of service due to worn-out cars. I’m sure John Q. Taxpayer and I could go on for hours about this topic but the fact of the matter is public safety is not important in the majority of the public’s eyes until they pick up the phone and call 911.
RescueRanger - 05/21/10 - 20:55

Yeah, what he said…
Silver - 05/22/10 - 00:08

Well said-and to pile on a bit-has profit generation ever been part of the equation for these type city ventures? Whatever happened to the restaurant the city partnered with for several hundreds of thousands of dollars? Has the convention center been within budget? Face it folks-entertainment and pretty circles in the road trump us any day!
Goose - 05/24/10 - 16:25

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