Mayor Stimpson Presents Fiscal Year 2017 Budget
Securing Mobile's Future
August 19, 2016
"The first three years of this administration have been built upon conservative, fiscal stewardship. As a City, we continue to strive for excellence. I am presenting a budget that emulates our mission of making Mobile the safest, most business and family-friendly city in America by 2020. We are achieving this by securing our financial future, investing in our children and making the police and firefighters pay competitive." - Mayor Sandy Stimpson
Mayoral Action: Securing Mobile's Future - Mayor Stimpson is presenting a balanced, fiscally responsible 2017 budget that maintains general fund expenditures in line with previous years while achieving the continued goals of:
- Improving the compensation, training and upgrading equipment of our first responders;
- Addressing the City's capital and infrastructural needs;
- Continuing to improve basic services to all Mobilians;
- Cleaning up the City through blight, littler, and storm water initiatives;
- Improving parks, recreational opportunities and public spaces; and,
- Increasing mobility and accessibility across the City.
Budget Hot Topics:
Police and Fire Compensation AdjustmentsThe primary responsibility of government is the safety and security of the public.
- For far too long, we have neglected the very men and women that we have tasked with providing that safety. It is imperative that our police and firefighters have the tools and personnel to protect our City.
- We have a nationally recognized police force and fire-rescue department, and we must take better care of them if we expect them to take better care of us. Therefore, the City of Mobile must offer competitive police and fire-rescue pay so we can improve our ability to attract and maintain quality, capable and competent forces.
- The Mobile Police Department will have an across the board pay raise (minimum of $5,000 per sworn officer) that moves our baseline pay into a more competitive range while compensating those already on the force with reasonable and deserved adjustments.
- The Mobile Fire-Rescue Department will have $1 million of incentive monies allocated to it to be distributed at the discretion of the Interim Chief.
- In 2007, our paramedics received an adjustment that makes them regionally competitive while our firefighter's salaries remain on the low end of the comparative spectrum. It is time to start remedying these discrepancies.
MoveMobile Youth Initiative
- The City of Mobile is comprised of more than 40,000 people between the ages of 5 to 19. Our most precious and vulnerable population needs activities and programs that build their capacity to thrive as productive citizens.
- MoveMobile is a citywide comprehensive public-private-community framework that increases opportunities to mentor children, families and neighborhoods.
- Through evidenced based practices, this framework includes strategies that increase access to mentoring, job skill training and employment while decreasing crime and poverty rates.
- Key strategies include a youth jobs initiative, community mapping of youth services and financial assistance such as free tax preparation.
Capital Budget & Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
- For many years, the capital budget was a combination of the Capital Improvement Fund, the Convention Center Fund and the Strategic Fund. Recently, with the support of the City Council, the administration collapsed the Strategic Fund into the Capital Improvement Plan, allowing for more transparency and greater efficiency.
- We are persisting in our aggressive, proactive approach to the process of allocating more capital improvement and equipment monies than ever before.
- For the second year in a row, we have collaborated with the City Council to ensure all districts are represented in CIP projects.
- A sustained focus on our streets, bridges, sidewalks, ditches, and parks is a priority for our time, energy, and resources. The increased spending in CIP will impact every citizen of our City.
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