The 2016 Budget was adopted by the Governing Body in August of 2015. The budget includes allocations for 2016 operating, maintenance and capital expenditures, revenue projections for 2016, and updates to the 2016-2020 Capital Improvements and Maintenance programs.
The budget maintains Overland Park's low property tax rate and continues its commitment to provide high quality services, with an emphasis in providing additional resources in the areas of public safety, neighborhood preservation and street maintenance.
The total budget is $260 million, including $118 million to fund annual operations. The operations portion of the budget funds the day-to-day operations of the City such as personal services, commodities, contractual services and equipment replacement.
Key components of the 2016 Budget include:
- The City's low property tax rate is 12.848 mills, which is approximately half the rate of neighboring cities.
- An increased emphasis on infrastructure, facility and property maintenance, and additional resources for development and code enforcement activities.
- The addition of 8.62 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions through the reduction or combination of part-time positions and the addition of new positions. The proposed budget includes a work force of 1,047 employees. Comparatively, the 2009 budget had a FTE of 1,093 employees. Personnel adjustments include:
- Addition of a full-time Infrastructure Specialist position in the Information Technology Department
- Addition of a full-time Assistant City Attorney II position in the Law Department
- Addition of a part-time (.60 FTE) Human Resources Representative position in the Human Resources Department
- Conversation of a part-time (.66 FTE) Administrative Clerk to a full-time Administrative Assistant in the Police Department
- Addition of a full-time Police Dispatch Supervisor position and three full-time Police Dispatcher positions; elimination of part-time (-1.83 FTE) Police Dispatcher positions
- Addition of a full-time Police Officer position to offset assignment of one police officer to Federal Social Security Task Force, which will be reimbursed by Federal Government
- Addition of part-time Pavement Evaluators (.47 FTE) and Right-of-Way Inspector (.50 FTE) in the Public Works Department
- Addition of a full-time Transportation Project Inspector in the Public Works Department
- Convert part-time (.65 FTE) Recycling Attendant to full-time and transfer position from Planning Department to the Parks Department
- Increase hours (+.15 FTE) for part-time Administrative Clerk and transfer position from Aquatics division to Recreation Services.
- Elimination of PT Employees (-3.14 FTE) related to Roe Pool, which will be closed after 2015.
- Addition of a full-time Sr. Customer Service Representative position in Community Services to manage licensing of residential rental properties
- Addition of a part-time (.23 FTE) seasonal Code Compliance Intern position
- Addition of a full-time Multi-Disciplined Code Official in Planning and Development Services Department
- Addition of a part-time (.46 FTE) Multi-Disciplined Inspector
- Increase hours (.49 FTE) for part-time soccer operations and concessions positions
The budget also includes funding for maintenance and capital projects.
- Additional emphasis on preservation and rehabilitation of city streets. Funding for Street Maintenance is proposed to increase from $11.30 million (2015 adopted budget) to $12.23 million in 2016.
- The 2016 budget includes funding for $35.8 million of capital improvement projects scheduled in 2016, including the following improvements:
- Roe Park Enhancements
- 2016 Neighborhood Street Reconstruction Program
- 159th Street Widening: Nall to Mission
- 2016 Storm Drainage Improvement Program