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Understanding the General Fund

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Fred Philpot

on 13 September 2017

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Transcript of Understanding the General Fund

Transportation Fees, Business License Fees, & Other Tools
F r a n c h i s e T a x e s
P r o p e r t y T a x e s
S a l e s T a x e s
C h a r g e s f o r S e r v i c e
General
Fund Revenue
Understanding the General Fund
Fees for Service:
Planning, Zoning,
Business Licensing, Etc.
New Fees:
Level of Service
Transportation, Recreation, Public Safety, Etc.
Key to Analyzing C h a r g e s f o r S e r v i c e
Clear
Methodology
Nexus Between
Services Provided
,
Need
and
Costs
Equity
Amongst Users
Revenue
Sufficiency
Business License Fees
Process Maps
General
Services
Steps:
Base Service Analysis
Disproportionate Service Analysis
Rental Unit Analysis
Revenue Analysis
Best Practices and Comparables
1.
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3.
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6.
Identify tasks
Review fee schedules determine areas of concern
Identify Inputs
employees
time
multi-stage permitting or licensing
Employee Base Costs
Department Overhead
Administrative Overhead
Increased Services?
Increased Regulation?
Calls for Service
Calls for Service to Rentals
Must have Good Landlord Program & rental Fee Reduction
Revenue Generation from New Fee Schedule
Standards of Practice
Deficiencies
Economic Considerations
Recent changes:
Recover Cost of
Regulation
Cannot charge for
Home Based
Businesses*
Except where impact Exceeds Residential Use
How to Meet Revenue Shortfalls within the General Fund?
How to
PLAN FOR THE FUTURE?

Cities & Towns are Looking for New Ways to Fund Needed LOS
Transportation Fees
1. Land Use Analysis
2. Evaluation of Trip Counts
6. Alternative Property Tax Scenario
3. Business Groupings
5. Determine Proportional Fee
Need to Look at the General Fund Like we Do Utility Funds
Analyze (CFSP):

Intersection of Revenues and Expenditures
Capital Needs
Level of Service Issues
Program Growth
Inflation
Impacts of Redevelopment
Educate:
Simple and Easy to Understand
Direct
Informed
Questions
Pros and Cons
Earmark Revenues for Transportation CIP
Ability to Assess a fee to All Users (e.g. Exempt Prop.)
Long-Term Economic Impacts
New Fee
Potential Administration Cost
Short-Term Economic Impacts
Business License Fees: Big Picture
Not a Major Source of Revenue
Focused on Cost Recovery
Will not Solve Larger Problems
The State is Looking at new ways of Funding Services (Transportation)
4. Determine Cost
Other Tools
:

Impact Fees - General Fund Capital Improvement Needs (Public Safety, Transportation, Parks & Rec, etc.)
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