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El Paso County Colorado 2011 Town Hall MeetingsCommissioner Darryl GlennCommissioner District 1
Presentation Overview • District 1 Capital Improvement Projects • Military Economy & Outlook • 2012 Fiscal Outlook • Citizen Engagement Survey • Redistricting and Realignment
Timberview Filing 2 Subdivision Acceptance Location: • Bridle Creek Court and Lamplight Drive / Furrow Road intersection Description: • Install a drainage system with inlet; establish and stabilize roadside ditches; replace culvert Funding Source: • $52,243 / Subdivision Improvement Agreement Collateral (called by BoCC to finish drainage not done by developer)
Highway 105 Guardrail Installation Location: • Highway 105 at Monument Academy Charter School Description: • Installation of approximately 460 feet of guardrail along north side of road Funding Source: • Materials on-hand / Road and Bridge
Hodgen Road Improvements Location: • State Highway 83 to Black Forest Road Description: • Safety Improvements – Improve vertical alignment; intersection site distance; add auxiliary lanes; reduce impact of drifting snow Funding source: • $13.1M / PPRTA Capital
Black Forest Road / Burgess Road Intersection Location: • Intersection of Black Forest Road and Burgess Road Description: • Reconstruction – Improve the vertical alignments; add auxiliary lanes; improve drainage; upgrade traffic signal Funding: • Estimated $1.85M (total project); $800,000 currently funded for utility relocation and Right of Way acquisitions from Road & Bridge Funds
County Line Road / Black Forest Road Location: • County Line Road from Thunder to Black Forest Road; Black Forest Road from County Line to Walker Description: • Safety Improvements – County Line / Black Forest intersection, drainage; add pavement Funding: • Estimated $6.5M (total project); Currently approved $800,000 from Road and Bridge Funds for Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation
County Line Road Improvements Location: • I-25 to Furrow Road Description: • Safety Improvements-add shoulders, improve drainage, reconfigure horizontal and vertical profile west of Furrow Road and realign the intersection at Furrow Road and provide turn lanes Funding: • Est. cost – $7M-$7.5 M / PPRTA Capital
Baptist Rd (West) Improvements Location: • I-25 to Mitchell Ave Description: • Planning and alternative traffic flow analysis. • Baptist Rd Widening Mitchell to I-25 and Baptist RR Xing. • Evaluate appropriate improvements for the corridor, including construction of a grade separated RR crossing Funding: • Study – (approx) $181K / PPRTA Capital • Project – (approx) $11M / PPRTA Capital /BRRTA/Other
Highway 105 Improvements Location: • I-25 to SH 83 Description: • Examine capacity and safety issues for the corridor and recommend improvements to address the identified issues Funding: • $300,000 / Road and Bridge (only study is funded) Project website: • www.105corridor.com
Gleneagle Enhancement Location: • Gleneagle from Jesse to Wuthering Heights Drive Description: • Pedestrian safety improvements Funding: • Est. $119,000 • $95,000 Federal Funds • $24,000 EPC Road and Bridge
Beacon Lite Road Improvements Location: • County Line Road to Wakonda Way Description: • Safety Improvements – Horizontal and vertical alignments • County Line / Beacon Lite intersection and drainage • Pave road Funding: • Est. $2.8M TBD
Doewood Gate Doewood Drive Location: • Doewood Drive from Ridgeview Circle to Chisholm Trail Description: • Vacate a portion of Doewood Drive • Remove gate • Add emergency vehicle and maintenance access and turnaround at both points of termination. Status: • Survey Complete, Meetings to be scheduled with Fire Dept and adjacent property owners Chisolm Trail Gate Location Ridgeview Circle
Northgate Boulevard Improvements Location: • Struthers Drive from Gleneagle to Northgate Boulevard Description: • Shoulder and ditch erosion • Built by Developer formed Struthers Road District Bonds • No storm drain system • As a result, regular reconstruction of the shoulder is required. Status: • Shoulder/ditch line repaired to address the immediate safety hazard • Ultimate solution requires curb and gutter and storm drain system.
Fox Run Regional Park • Master Plan Calls for: • Restroom, Parking Lot and Trail Improvements • Construction of Off Leash Dog Park • Public Input Process Spring of 2012 • Construction in Summer of 2012 • Funding: $100,000 from Regional Park Fees
Black Forest Regional Park • Master Plan Updated in 2010 Identified: • Needed Parking, Well, Restroom and Trail Improvements • Required Upgrades to Signage • Required Initiating Mistletoe Mitigation Plan • Funding: • $400,000 From Developer (Cathedral Pines) • $200,000 From GOCO Grant • Scheduled Completion in Fall of 2012
Pineries Open Space • County Accepted 1070 Acres in 2007 • Master Plan Completed in 2010 Requires: • Five Miles of Trails with Trailhead Parking and Restroom • Outdoor Classroom and Appropriate Signage • Cost: Est. Phase One Projects - $460,000 • Funding: Regional Park Fees and Grants (still needed)
Economic Impact of Military Installations Total Impact: $5.5B
Military Outlook • Military is dealing with $450B in cuts over the next 10 years – painful but doable • There is much concern about the “doomsday” scenario: • Super Committee allows sequestration to occur (i.e. it does not come up with $1.2T in cuts over the next ten years) • This automatically triggers a defense share for those cuts of about $500B more over ten years, beginning in FY13 • Such cuts would span across personnel, major programs, entitlements, etc.
Military Outlook • On a positive note… • Army leadership is confident that the Combat Aviation Brigade is on track • The MILCON is planned and in the FY12 budgets • Received briefing from by MG Joe Anderson, the incoming Commanding General for the 4th Infantry Division and Ft Carson
Veterans Cemetery Update • El Paso County Kane Ranch is Preferred Site by the Veterans Administration • Fountain Has Adequate Water for the Site But VA Funds Cannot be Used to Build the Required Pipeline Estimated at $1.2 Million • Stakeholders Including El Paso County, El Pomar and Others Working on Solution • Outlook is Positive
Understanding the County Budget 2012 Budgeted Revenues $235.7M Less: Restricted Funding Sources ($100.1M) Less: Legally Restricted Uses ($ 48.9M) Revenues Within BoCC Discretion $ 86.7M Only 36% of the 2012 Budget is within BoCC discretion
Examples of Restricted Funding • Enterprise Zone Contributions by Private Citizens to Non-Profits • Fees Paid by Trash Haulers to Offset Disposal of Household Hazardous Waste • Lotto Funds Restricted for Parks • Developer Fees for Specific Transportation Needs *These cannot be used to offset jail inmate food and medical costs and other required services.
How Did We Offset the Decreasing Discretionary Revenue? 2006 – 2009 Historical Budget Reductions (in Millions)
Proactive Financial Strategies 2009 - “Turning Point” Operational Sustainability • In 2009, County achieved operational sustainability • Stopped using one-time funding sources to address on-going operational needs • Projected budget shortfall for 2012 due to current market conditions and Property Tax Revenues • Established savings strategy • Conservative Revenue Estimates • Frozen Positions not filled • Incorporated expenditure restrictions
Proactive Financial Strategies Historic Percentage Held In Reserves Good Economic Times
Proactive Financial Strategies Breakdown of 39% Operational Reserve
Proactive Financial Strategies 2010 Strategic Moves Project • With the increasing cost of failing infrastructure • Backlog of $385M • County created the “Strategic Moves” project • Using only available restricted revenue sources • Utilizing One-time market opportunities • Addressed 52% of Critical Capital Needs ($199M) • Currently working on a new critical capital needs master plan
Proactive Financial Strategies County Bond Rating Improved in 2010 Aa2 “County’s strong credit characteristics...historically well-maintained financial operations with healthy fund balances...” - Moody’s “Moody’s expects that the County’s financial position will remain healthy, given conservative budgeting practices and consistently improving financial results....” - Moody’s
Proactive Financial Strategies County Bond Rating improved in 2010 “El Paso County’s financial performance and reserve level position continue to be in our opinion, very strong..” - Standard & Poor’s “Standard & Poor’s deems El Paso County’s management practices “good” under its Financial Management Assessment methodology ....” - Standard & Poor’s
Current Financial Condition From a Financial Perspective, we are doing everything we should and more! • Conservative in our spending • Fiscally responsible with taxpayers dollars • Living within our means • Addressed over 50% of our Major Capital Needs without any increase in taxpayer dollars • Proactively established an Operational Savings to weather the storm in 2012- 2014
Current Financial Condition During the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, we have actually been able to improve our financial situation But at what cost?
Current Financial Condition Operating Budgets: • Are at the operational level they were in 1996: • No “Across the Board” operational increases since 1996 as: • Cost Drivers (Price Index) increased38.7% • Service Drivers (Population) increased 30.1%
Current Financial Condition Personnel Budgets: • 2007-2009 eliminated 195 positions and froze 100 positions • 2003-2011 Federal Cost of Living (COLA) • National Increases were 21.7% • El Paso County only provided 5.0% • High Turnover Rates • On average, employers have 5% turnover, El Paso County has 22% turnover • Industry studies show it costs an additional 49% of that position’s salary each time a turnover occurs in training
Average Salaries (in thousands) Provided by Support Services - EBMS This means County employees are paid on average 34% less than our competitors
Number of Full-Time Employees vs. Population Growth
Citizens Served Per Employee This means on average, County Employee’s workload has increased 20%