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FY 2021 Proposed Annual Operating Budget

Town Council received a proposed FY 2021 budget on May 12.  Since then, Council has evaluated and deliberated on the strategic values and interests this budget can provide towards Staying Focused on continuing our good work for the community! Council's collective insight has culminated into a modified proposed budget that reduces recurring expenses, while investing in future transportation & roadway improvements, traffic congestion & safety, sustainability & smart city innovations, and forward facing quality of life elements such as the Healthy Food Hub & cultural programs. The updated highlights below will provide an understanding of  how Council proposes to invest your tax dollars to make great things happen in Morrisville.  Budget snapshot fiscal year Updated

The driving focus of the proposed budget remains on fulfilling existing commitments, essential investments and keeping pace with growing service needs while responsibly safeguarding the Town's financial condition from these uncertain times. The FY 2021 budget is balanced carefully utilizing our resource authority, setting aside reserves and intentional deployment of good fiscal management strategies to develop and to execute throughout the performance year.    

This year, both the strategic and financial perspectives have been influenced by COVID-19 in balancing operating needs and initiatives that prepare for the future strength and vitality of the town within our anticipated revenue capacity.   

A virtual Public Hearing was held June 9 due to COVID-19 limitations. Public hearing comments were received electronically starting June 9 at 9 a.m. until midnight on June 10. All comments are part of the public record.

The Budget Portal opened on May 12 and closed on June 10 at midnight to received valued feedback through this alternative means. 

Budget Highlights:

  • Annual Operating Budget = $37,930,850 (General Fund & Stormwater)
  • Tax Rate Proposed = $0.36 per $100 of valuation,  3 cents lower than current rate of $0.39 and 3.5 cents above RNTR to retain key resources to sustain growing programs & services
  • Vehicle Decal Fee = remains $30 per residential vehicle
  • Stormwater Fee = remains $25 per ERU
  • User Fees = moderate adjustments to various user fees for cost recovery to provide services
  • New full-time positions, some proposed for 1/2 year implementation
  • Reasonable use of fund balance reserves for one-time Items
  • Conservative revenue projections - anticipated revenue loss in some sources influenced by uncertain economy from COVID-19
Key Budget Priorities:

  • Address Current & Future Growth Needs
    • Staying Ahead of Technology Curve
    • Continuity of Service
    • Space Constraints
    • Security (Facilities & Network) 
  • Continue Our Good Work
    • Resources Necessary to Deliver Growing  Services
    • Recruitment Needs
    • Organization Efficiencies
  • Mobility Solutions
    • Public Transportation 
    • Transportation & Roadway Improvements 
    • Traffic Flows/Congestion
  • Smart City Initiatives & Sustainability
    • Lessen Environmental & Energy Impacts
    • Technology Innovations
    • Data Intelligence
  • Future Projects
    • Plan for Tangible Improvements Valued by Community
  • Outreach & Access
    • Expand Creative Engagement Opportunities
    • Information Access & Sharing
    • Creative Advocacy & Partnerships
  • Community Program Expansion & Enhancements
    • Meeting Service Interest of Community
    • Cultural & Quality of Life Enhancements
  • Continued Maintenance of Assets
    •  Planned Replacements
    • Master Plan Development
    • Proactive & Preventative Maintenance

 

 

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