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Budget At a Glance 2001 and 2002

The City of Daly City Budget-at-a-Glance
Fiscal Years 2001 and 2002


Did You Know?
The City's population has grown to nearly 104,000 as of the 2000 Census!

Public Safety Dispatch for police, fire and medical services receive an estimated 124,000 calls of which 13,000 are police department cases, 62,000 calls for service and 49,000 calls-no case.
Patrol Officers answer over 62,000 calls for service involving events ranging from homicides to barking dogs.
The Fire Department responds to over 5,000 calls per year: about 300 are fire calls, 3,600 are medical calls, 600 public assistance calls and 500 are false alarms
The City's four library branches' collection contains over 150,000 books, videos and books on tape, and over 400 magazines an newspaper subscriptions. With the reopening of the Westlake Library circulation has doubled to approximately 130,000.

Parks and Recreation annually provides over 1,500 classes for 10,000 participants, serves 6,000 participants in adult sports; 4,000 youth sport participants; and serves over 45,000 meals to seniors, along with other services and activities.
The City has 25 fully developed parks and tot lots totaling approximately 80+ acres of parklands and more than 8,000 trees to maintain.
Each year, Public Works inspects and maintains 3,000 street lights, 38 Traffic Signals, sweeps a total of 12,000 curb miles of street and removes more than 2,500 cubic yards of debris from both streets and storm drains. Maintains 230 miles of sidewalks and 5000 regulatory street name and parking-related signs, and paints more than 33 miles of traffic lane striping, crosswalks, and other pavement markings.
The Building Division issues approximately 5,700 building permits and performs roughly 9,000 inspections per year.
Water & Wastewater distributes 7,300,000 gallons of water per day to homes and businesses, through 187 miles of water mains. 23,000,000 gallons of water, a three-day supply, are stored for emergencies in 11 reservoirs.
At Your Service
For the first time in many years the City Council approved significant new budget allocations to meet the growing needs of our community for fiscal years 2001 and 2002, including a number of program, service and staffing level enhancements that directly effect the community.

To foster continued public safety and security the City Council approved the addition of three new Police Officer positions this year. A new Motorcycle Officer was added to assist with traffic enforcement activities; a new Crime Analyst will utilize technology to analyze crime trends and patterns to help reduce criminal activity; and an additional School Resource Officer will work with Daly City students in such areas as anti-gang, anti-drug and anti-graffiti education. The Police Department recently hired one new Public Safety Dispatcher to enhance customer service delivery in the Communications Center, and two new Police Assistants to provide improved parking enforcement and abandoned vehicle abatement.

Next year, the General Fund budget includes a new Police Officer in the Detective Division of the Police Department. The new Detective will investigate crimes involving child abuse and sexual assault, domestic violence, computers and the Internet, and tracking down know sex offenders for appropriate registration to safeguard the community.

An Assistant Fire Training Officer has been added in the Fire Department to assist the Fire Training Officer with the substantial workload that has resulted from the implementation of the paramedic program. The ongoing training and certification requirements for paramedic firefighters have doubled the annual training provided by the department.

The Parks and Recreation Department received significant resources this year to enhance a variety of important community programs. A Teen Recreation Program Coordinator was added to replace a grant funded position. With the closing of the Neutral Territory Teen Center because of the Pacific Plaza Project, four satellite facilities are now operated at various middle and high school sites. The Teen Coordinator is responsible for activities and programming at all four facilities.

A Program Assistant has been added in the Senior Division to work full-time at the Lincoln Park Clubhouse. Activities are now offered four days a week with special events on evenings and weekends.

Additionally, the Peninsula Partnership Program was expanded by adding two new Program Coordinators, one this year and another next year. The Peninsula Partnership Program in being expanded due to the effectiveness of the program, which last year grew from seven to ten school sites.

In the Library, a new Children's Librarian has been added. This position will increase direct library services to children and families by 100%. The Library can now offer increased library orientation programs for visiting school classes, as well as expanding the number of annual classroom visits in the schools.

The Economic and Community Development Department established a new Facade Improvement Program in the Bayshore neighborhood. Tax increment in the amount of $60,000 generated by the redevelopment project created in this area will provide the funds to support this business improvement program along the Geneva Avenue corridor.

The City Clerk's office has implemented an important project this year, a state of the art records management system. The public records and documents maintained by the City Clerk's Office have outgrown the storage capacity available and made it difficult to retrieve information efficiently. The records management program will facilitate cross-indexing of documents for speedy and accurate retrieval of public information requests.

These are just a few of the service improvements authorized by the City Council in the 2001-2002 budget that will maintain and expand the high quality municipal services Daly City is proud to deliver. Each City department has received substantial resources to ensure that customer service levels remain at a consistently superior level.

The Budget Today

The Operating Budget provides monies for the daily operations of City departments including salaries, materials, supplies, utilities, and outside services. The Capital Budget provides for the purchase of equipment, major maintenance and repair of City facilities and construction of new public facilities. This year's budget is conservative in spending, incorporates no new taxes or assessments, and provides excellent programs and services for residents and businesses in the City. It also leads the way to achieving the City Council's vision of the future and its goals for economic development to ensure continued financial stability.

The Operating Budget

The Operating Budget is divided up by Funds, which determine where the money may be spent. Of the three types of City funds, monies in the General fund are the only ones that can be allocated largely at the City Council's discretion. Monies in all other funds have restrictions on their use. The total City Operating budget for FY 2000-2001 is divided by fund as follows:

The General Fund
is the operating fund that pays for basic City services, such as public safety, public works, parks and recreation, libraries, etc. The City has budgeted $49.8 million for General Fund operations in FY 2000-2001 for the following:

Public Safety: $23.5 million. Provides police and fire department services to the community.

Public Works: $4.6 million. Provides traffic engineering, engineering design, inspection and contract administration, building and street maintenance.

Parks, Recreation: $6.0 million. Provides recreation activities and leisure classes for all ages, maintains parks, community centers, and aquatic facilities.

General Government:
$4.9 million. Provides policy direction, administrative and financial services for the City. The Community Service Center (Human Services) is also funded here.

Economic & Community Development:
$2.4 million. Responsible for planning, building inspection, economic development, and Small Business Center.

Library: $2.4 million. Provides library services multi-media and specialized programs for residents of all ages including in-school programs and Internet access.

Nondepartmental: $6.0 million. Includes an operating contingency fund, transfers to capital improvements funds, and miscellaneous expenses.

Special Revenue Funds cover programs or activities funded by restricted monies consisting primarily of grants and federal government programs.

Gas Tax: $10.5 million. Provides for maintenance of streets, streetlights and traffic signals.

CDBG: $2.9 million. Through City services and grants to outside agencies, provides low-income residents with affordable housing, human services, and other programs.

Senior Center: $0.7 million. Provides support for senior adult services to supplement those funded in the general fund.

Airport Noise: $7.5 million. Covers final phases of soundproofing of homes most impacted by Airport.

Home: $0.7 million. Provides improvements to existing housing for low-income residents.

Redevelopment Agency: $1.1 million. Provides for commercial development and revitalization along Mission Street, Junipero Serra commercial corridors and the Bayshore neighborhood.

Enterprise Funds are operated like a business. They generate their own revenues and do not rely on the City's General Fund. Enterprise Funds are maintained for Water Service and Sanitary Sewer Service, as well as for City owned facilities that are leased out to others. They have a FY 2000-2001 combined operating budget of $24.2 million.

· Water Utility: $9.1 million. Provides water service to all City residential and businesses customers.

· North San Mateo County Sanitation District: $12.7 million. Provides sanitary sewer system maintenance and wastewater treatment.

· Leased Facilities: $2.4 million. Leases for the Mussel Rock (garbage) Transfer Station and Civic Center office buildings.

The Capital Improvement Plan
New appropriations for projects in FY 2000-2001 total $25.7 million. A few of the projects include: widening the John Daly Bridge across I280; expansion of Lincoln Park and Westmoor Park Community centers; improvements to Marchbank Park; disabled access improvements to City facilities; installation of a traffic signal override system for emergency vehicles; repairs and maintenance at the closed Mussel Rock landfill; and replacement of critical water and sewer mains. Capital projects are carried out in the following funds:

Gas Tax Fund: $6.1 million. Improvements to streets and traffic controls.

CDBG Fund: $0.8 million. Public facilities improvements benefiting low-income and disabled residents.

Motor Vehicles: $1.5 million. Provides for replacement vehicles and fire apparatus used city-wide.

Information Services Fund: $1.3 million. Upgrade of equipment and software.

Capital Outlay Fund: $1.5 million. (This represents the Capital portion of the General Fund Budget).
Provides for major construction of and renovations to public facilities.

Major Facility Improvements Fund: $6.8 million. Major new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings and recreation play areas.

Water Fund: $3.6 million. Major maintenance and replacement of critical components of City water system.

Sanitation Fund: $4.1 million. Major maintenance and replacement of critical components of sanitary sewer system and wastewater treatment plant.

Where the City's Money Comes From
Total resources for FY 2000 are estimated at $108.7 million. Less than 33% of the General Fund revenues come from sales and property taxes, while 47% of the operating budget goes toward police and fire services.

The City is challenged in funding its programs and services, as these two sources of revenues are growing at only moderate rates. Other sources of revenue include utility users taxes, motor vehicle registration monies, service charges, income from business taxes and permits, as well as state and federal grants. General Fund revenues are expected to grow about 3.5% overall. The nature of future revenue growth requires aggressive expenditure management. Daly City has always operated under significant financial constraints. We have the largest population of all the cities in San Mateo County but receive one of the lowest levels of revenue per resident to provide essential local services.

Where Your Tax Dollars Go

Property Taxes:
For every $1.00 you pay in general property taxes to the County of San Mateo, the City receives 20½ cents.

Sales Taxes:
For every taxable $1.00 purchase you make within the City of Daly City, the City receives 1 cent.

Vehicles License Fees:
From the license fees you pay to register your vehicle with the DMV (2% of the market value), the City receives approximately $44 per resident.

We hope that you found this brochure informative. For additional information, you can review a copy of the City of Daly City's Comprehensive Biennial Budget for 2000-01/01-02 at the Library, or in the Finance Department at City Hall.