Tampa City Council
Thursday, May 22, 2014
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04:25:23 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: City Council is called to order.
05:02:57 Roll call.
05:02:58 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.
05:03:02 >>MARY MULHERN: Here.
05:03:03 >>HARRY COHEN: Here.
05:03:04 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
05:03:09 Okay, this is the items -- these are public hearings, 1 and
05:03:15 I need a motion to open that.
05:03:17 >> So moved.
05:03:18 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion by Mr. Suarez, second by
05:03:20 Mr. Cohen 1 and 2.
05:03:22 All in favor are? The ayes have it unanimously.
05:03:25 Item number 1.
05:03:31 >> Tony la port with Planning Commission staff, plan
05:03:45 amendment 14-01.
05:03:47 This is a privately initiated map amendment, small scale on
05:03:53 approximately 1.46 acres, going from community mixed use 35
05:03:57 to community commercial 35.
05:04:00 Both categories allow for general commercial service, office
05:04:04 and residential uses.
05:04:05 However, the community commercial would allow for slightly
05:04:07 more intense use, which would permit outdoor storage.
05:04:14 The plan amendment is located in the central Tampa planning
05:04:17 district, more specifically in the east Tampa urban village
05:04:21 and is located in the Grant Park neighborhood which does
05:04:24 support the plan amendment, and does own part of the
05:04:26 property included in the proposal.
05:04:32 This is an aerial map of the plan amendment site.
05:04:35 It's located at the southeast corner of east Martin Luther
05:04:40 King Boulevard and north 50th street.
05:04:45 Both are mixed use corridors, identified in the
05:04:48 comprehensive plan.
05:04:50 To the north you have met park indicated on the map.
05:04:54 Pepin distribution company.
05:04:57 Easy access to interstate 4 to the east and to the south.
05:05:00 And then you have residential neighborhoods, which are
05:05:04 single-family and duplex to the east, the northwest and the
05:05:09 southwest, and then a number of cemeteries located to the
05:05:15 The aerial has become a neighborhood known over the past
05:05:20 several years seeing a lot more commercial development
05:05:23 taking place, something important to note.
05:05:25 This is the subject site.
05:05:28 You have a strip plaza which contains a lot of neighborhood
05:05:33 There are several vacant parcels and a single-family home.
05:05:36 The single-family home is located along 50th street.
05:05:39 It's no longer really usable as a single-family home so it's
05:05:42 being converted to an office.
05:05:46 Here are pictures of the subject site.
05:05:49 This is the strip plaza I made reference to.
05:05:51 This is the site itself with that single-family home being
05:05:54 used for used car lot currently.
05:05:59 Another couple of pictures from temple street to the east.
05:06:08 There's the five parcels included in this plan amendment.
05:06:11 Some pictures of the surrounding site.
05:06:14 You will see to the east, there are vacant properties.
05:06:19 There's overgrown on the trash debris.
05:06:24 The neighborhood is in need some of improvement and some
05:06:26 economic opportunity.
05:06:29 This is the surrounding site.
05:06:31 To the south is a Marathon gas station.
05:06:33 Catercorner to the north, northwest, is a new Family Dollar.
05:06:38 Across the street to the west is a school district,
05:06:41 Hillsborough County storage facility, distribution center.
05:06:44 And of course to the north there's a Publix distribution
05:06:50 This is the future land use map for the City of Tampa.
05:06:54 This is becoming -- I'm sorry, it's located along two mixed
05:06:58 use corridors, becoming a neighborhood node, commercial node
05:07:01 for the area.
05:07:02 You have community commercial -- sorry, community mixed use
05:07:07 in pink.
05:07:08 Residential 20 is brown.
05:07:09 Residential 10 is the orangish color.
05:07:11 The blue is public semi-public, and the red is the community
05:07:15 Those are scattered and different uses around the
05:07:20 The plan amendment site does border Hillsborough County.
05:07:23 Hillsborough County has pretty similar land uses to the
05:07:27 north and then to the east.
05:07:30 This is the proposed future land use.
05:07:32 You will see the community commercial identified on here.
05:07:35 The red is community commercial.
05:07:37 There are other community commercial properties in the area.
05:07:43 The impact on the neighborhood, on this amendment site, the
05:07:48 F.A.R. would remain the same.
05:07:51 The dwelling units per acre would remain the same so 43
05:07:57 units permitted, 127,000 square feet.
05:08:03 The change would allow for greater intensity of commercial
05:08:06 such as outdoor storage.
05:08:08 And warehousing.
05:08:11 There were several agencies that reviewed the plan amendment
05:08:14 Were no objections received from any of them, and that
05:08:16 includes the City of Tampa.
05:08:20 The Planning Commission found the plan amendment consistent
05:08:23 with several policies in the Tampa comprehensive plan.
05:08:27 There is a sensitive transition into the neighborhood.
05:08:29 It creates economic prosperity by creating additional
05:08:32 economic opportunities for the neighborhood, promotes
05:08:35 in-fill development, which is taking place along 50th
05:08:39 street currently, promotes mixed use corridors, as I said
05:08:43 both 50th street and Martin Luther King are both
05:08:46 considered mixed use corridors.
05:08:47 Neighborhood improvement.
05:08:49 There is a potential for increasing business, potential job
05:08:54 creation, and then development of commercial areas.
05:08:57 This is a growing commercial area.
05:08:59 And with that the Planning Commission did find comprehensive
05:09:02 plan amendment 1401 consistent with the goals, objectives
05:09:05 and policies of the comprehensive plan, and they recommend
05:09:08 its adoption.
05:09:10 Thank you very much.
05:09:14 The applicant is here.
05:09:17 And she might want to say a few words.
05:09:28 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Just go to the center.
05:09:30 We have new technology today.
05:09:31 >> My name is Cynthia be Carson.
05:09:35 I'm also an active member of Grant Park civic association.
05:09:38 So we hope that you support us with everything that we are
05:09:41 trying to do for the area to bring economic development to
05:09:46 that area, much needed.
05:09:50 We are working real hard to do some of the improvements, and
05:09:54 we would like your support in passing this amendment.
05:09:56 Thank you.
05:09:58 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Any questions by council members?
05:10:01 Mrs. Mulhern.
05:10:02 >>MARY MULHERN: You own the property?
05:10:04 >> I own part of the property and the other part of the
05:10:07 property was donated to grant park civic association, a
05:10:11 single-family home.
05:10:13 We worked with Florida economic minority.
05:10:18 Wells Fargo actually donated the house to them, and they in
05:10:22 turn do nighted to Grant Park civic association for the
05:10:25 benefit of Grant Park.
05:10:27 So we are working hard to raise funds right now to go in and
05:10:34 fix up the house and be able to use that house as office
05:10:38 space, you know, separate it to use it for office space.
05:10:42 We had have been else on that actual corner.
05:10:47 Two were vacant units zoned residential.
05:10:51 Mr. and Mrs. Rogerson owned them.
05:10:54 I am also representing them, and they also have supported
05:10:57 this change in order to try to bring so much needed business
05:11:03 into the area.
05:11:04 They tried to sell the property and nobody wants it.
05:11:06 >>MARY MULHERN: When you talk about outside storage,
05:11:13 what --
05:11:14 >> Right now we are working with -- they have an opportunity
05:11:18 with a car lot actually, automotive, working hard in the
05:11:25 community, and spore sponsor a little league team, and they
05:11:28 partnered with growth financial.
05:11:30 I don't know if you are aware of growth financial.
05:11:32 They are one of the largest and fastest growing in the area,
05:11:35 and growth financial is offering loans to people that
05:11:40 possibly couldn't afford the 15 and 16 and $17,000 cars,
05:11:47 loans to people for the $11,000 and under car, so they are
05:11:50 looking for a viable place to be able to offer this tied in
05:11:55 to prestige automotive.
05:11:57 So at this time if we can get this done, and get this
05:12:00 passed, we already have two viable candidates that are
05:12:04 willing to help us and come in and be on the property, and
05:12:12 hire from the area, whether it's detail people, title clerks
05:12:16 or whatever it takes to, you know, bring some economic
05:12:21 >>MARY MULHERN: So the outside storage is for at this point
05:12:24 is for cars?
05:12:26 A car lot?
05:12:27 >> Yes.
05:12:28 We haven't really done anything yet.
05:12:29 But it would be putting up a nice fence to the back.
05:12:33 We totally cleared out all the property.
05:12:35 We have cleared out all the debris.
05:12:38 There were two dilapidated homes off of temple street behind
05:12:42 the property, that the City of Tampa had many phone calls,
05:12:48 and calls from myself to code enforcement, have finally torn
05:12:52 They were just -- harboring a lot of drug activity.
05:12:57 In the crime rate and income per capita and everything in
05:13:00 Grant Park is so much higher than anywhere else in the city
05:13:03 that even as a property owner, our values have just -- we
05:13:07 have seen them go down and down.
05:13:09 Something had to be done.
05:13:11 And like I said, the people that own the vacant property on
05:13:13 the end, they have tried to sell that for over two years,
05:13:18 you know, with no activity.
05:13:19 There's not really anybody that wants to be there.
05:13:21 So we are trying to be bring a much needed change to the
05:13:25 area to create some jobs, and we also have Grant Park civic
05:13:29 association that we really started to find and work within,
05:13:34 and actually a member of the community has actually come out
05:13:38 to help us do landscaping, and, you know, just different
05:13:41 things we are trying to do to survive in that area, to be
05:13:44 honest with you.
05:13:44 >>MARY MULHERN: Thank you.
05:13:46 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Anyone in the audience care to speak on
05:13:48 this subject matter, item number 1?
05:13:50 >>FRANK REDDICK: Move to close.
05:13:54 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Motion to close by Mr. Reddick, second by
05:13:56 Mrs. Montelione.
05:13:56 All in favor of the motion?
05:13:59 The ayes have it unanimously.
05:14:01 Mr. Suarez, will you read the ordinance for first reading
05:14:04 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I present an ordinance for first reading
05:14:08 consideration, an ordinance amending the Tampa comprehensive
05:14:11 plan, future land use map for property located in the
05:14:14 general vicinity of north 50th street, east Dr. Martin
05:14:18 Luther King Jr. Boulevard, temple street, and east 32nd
05:14:22 Avenue, from all community mixed use 35 CMU 35, to community
05:14:30 commercial 35, CC-35, providing for repeal of all ordinances
05:14:34 in conflict, providing an effective date, providing an
05:14:36 effective date -- providing for severability, providing an
05:14:39 effective date.
05:14:40 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion by Mr. Suarez, second by
05:14:42 Mr. Reddick.
05:14:43 All in favor?
05:14:46 Motion passed unanimously.
05:14:48 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried unanimously.
05:14:49 Second reading and adoption will be on June 5th at 10
05:14:53 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thanks very much for attending.
05:14:55 Item number 2.
05:14:56 >> Jake home, Planning Commission staff, tonight to provide
05:15:05 information related to Tampa comprehensive plan amendment
05:15:09 This is also privately initiated amendment.
05:15:12 It is small scale.
05:15:13 It's roughly 7 acres of which only 6.7 acres are actually
05:15:18 affected from community mixed use 35 and residential 10 to
05:15:23 mixed use 35.
05:15:25 Therefore today .2 acres of this site is already community
05:15:30 mixed use 35.
05:15:32 So we are basically on the northwest corner of Dr. Martin
05:15:38 Luther King and north Melton.
05:15:40 This is in the central Tampa district, the district which
05:15:44 has a variety of different development options for
05:15:51 intensification and in-fill.
05:15:53 This is an existing land use map.
05:15:56 It's been notarized.
05:16:01 There's a lot of notes into Dr. Martin Luther King and one
05:16:07 Buc place, training offices for Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
05:16:09 Just to the west, to the north of that, Tampa Bay park, mid
05:16:14 rise offices that you will see there.
05:16:16 Just down the street from the site again going to the west
05:16:20 is St. Joseph's hospital.
05:16:23 Three hospitals over 800 beds in that vicinity, in the
05:16:27 neighborhood of Wellswood north and east of the subject
05:16:34 To familiarize ours was the site itself, you can see this
05:16:38 outlined in yellow.
05:16:40 The south portion of the site along Dr. Martin Luther King
05:16:43 is an existing assisted living facility.
05:16:46 The property to the north, two more properties, are
05:16:50 single-family detached.
05:16:51 The applicant wishes to redevelop the entire site as an ALL.
05:16:56 The reason they are here tonight is currently the land use
05:16:58 categories, this will not facilitate that.
05:17:02 What the applicant wishes to do necessities the need for the
05:17:07 You will also notice to the east of this site on Armenia,
05:17:10 there's a bank.
05:17:11 And as we travel further to the east you can see some of the
05:17:13 other large lot developments with the mid rises, office
05:17:16 buildings, medical office buildings, and all the way to the
05:17:19 west right here, this is actually the parking garage for St.
05:17:23 Dr. Martin Luther King is a transit emphasis corridor, the
05:17:27 metro rapid, the next expansion along this route.
05:17:29 And it is also in the east corridor identified in the
05:17:33 comprehensive plan for the City of Tampa as an area be for
05:17:39 intensification along the corridor.
05:17:42 The site itself, again it is an ALF.
05:17:45 Also shall one of the houses to the north of this amendment.
05:17:53 The future land use map to the site showing the community
05:17:55 mixed use 35 that you will find along Dr. Martin Luther King
05:17:59 as well as along Armenia.
05:18:02 Community mixed use 35 allows general commercial uses,
05:18:05 professional office uses that will not allow for
05:18:08 consideration of warehousing, manufacturing, or open
05:18:12 Residential 10, as you know, primarily single-family
05:18:15 detached uses that we have in the city.
05:18:20 We stroll down you can see the site.
05:18:23 I will focus on the corner of Armenia and Dr. Martin Luther
05:18:26 You will notice to the east the bank, CMU 35, so if this
05:18:32 body should adopt this amendment tonight the community mixed
05:18:35 use 35 will then match up to what is directly to the east,
05:18:38 directly across the street from the applicant.
05:18:46 Impacted today 35 residential units or just over 27,000
05:18:50 square feet.
05:18:50 Again you have to take that with a grain of salt.
05:18:53 The residential 10 there, it will not support nonresidential
05:18:57 It will support residential support uses such as an ALF or
05:19:01 church or school, but you can't do a medical office back
05:19:04 You can't open up a restaurant back there in the residential
05:19:07 The community mix use 35 would facilitate that through a
05:19:16 And with that on April 14th, the Planning Commission did
05:19:19 find this consistent with the goals, objectives and policies
05:19:22 of the comprehensive plan and recommended this body should
05:19:26 adopt the amendment.
05:19:28 Citing numerous policies looking at enhancing commercial
05:19:31 areas as well as development reflective of neighborhood
05:19:36 Thank you for your time.
05:19:37 This concludes my presentation.
05:19:39 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Petitioner?
05:19:40 >>> Michael Horner, 14502 North Dale Mabry highway, Tampa,
05:19:53 representing the property owner.
05:19:54 I think he did his job very thoroughly.
05:19:57 I am not going to duplicate the findings.
05:19:59 We certainly concur with the recommendations of the Planning
05:20:01 Commission staff.
05:20:05 As Jay mentioned --
05:20:11 >> You concur with him.
05:20:13 I'm just joking with you.
05:20:14 >> Mr. Chairman, you know it very well.
05:20:18 It's we were most surprised to find a disconnect between the
05:20:23 zoning and the comp plan.
05:20:25 This ALF existed for years.
05:20:30 A res 10 plan sector.
05:20:33 We are now trying to conform zoning to plan.
05:20:37 This ALF will be razed and a new assistive living facility
05:20:43 cone instructed.
05:20:44 We have support from the neighbors, no opposition.
05:20:47 We have a petition coming to you in July and we appreciate
05:20:50 your support.
05:20:51 This will be fewer beds and more square footage.
05:20:56 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Cohen.
05:20:56 >>HARRY COHEN: Just so I can orient myself.
05:21:00 The two single-family houses that you are referring to are
05:21:03 directly across the street from the drive-through for the
05:21:06 bank of Tampa?
05:21:07 >> They are, they are.
05:21:09 That's right.
05:21:11 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Thank you very much.
05:21:11 Does anyone in the audience care to speak on this item, item
05:21:14 number 2, PA-14-02?
05:21:17 I have a motion to close by Mr. Reddick.
05:21:19 Seconded by Ms. Capin.
05:21:21 All in favor of the motion to close?
05:21:24 Opposed nay?
05:21:25 The ayes have it unanimously.
05:21:26 Mrs. Capin, would you kindly read the ordinance?
05:21:30 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Ordinance being presented for first reading
05:21:32 consideration, an ordinance amending the Tampa comprehensive
05:21:35 plan, future land use map for the property located in the
05:21:38 general vicinity of west Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
05:21:41 Boulevard, North Armenia Avenue, and north Melton street
05:21:48 from community mixed use 35 CMU-35 and residential 10, R-10,
05:21:55 to community mixed use 35 C Mu-35, providing for repeal of
05:22:01 all ordinances in conflict, providing for severability,
05:22:05 providing an effective date.
05:22:07 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I have a motion by Mrs. Capin, a second
05:22:09 by Mr. Suarez.
05:22:10 Discusser by council members?
05:22:12 All in favor?
05:22:14 The ayes have it unanimously.
05:22:16 >>THE CLERK: Motion carried unanimously.
05:22:17 Second reading and adoption will be on June 5th at 10:00
05:22:21 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Okay.
05:22:22 We stand adjourned till 5:30.
05:22:25 >> (City Council in Recess.)
05:22:29 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: City Council is called to order.
05:33:16 Roll call.
05:33:19 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Present.
05:33:20 >>FRANK REDDICK: Here.
05:33:21 >>HARRY COHEN: Here.
05:33:23 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Here.
05:33:25 This is Ms. Sonya Little, chef financial officer.
05:33:31 >>SONYA LITTLE: Good evening, chair, council members.
05:33:35 Thank you for seeing me this evening.
05:33:47 A new microphone?
05:33:48 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: We did that without any money.
05:33:49 >>SONYA LITTLE: I love it.
05:33:59 It's a pleasure to be with you this afternoon to do one of
05:34:02 our most favorite duties, and that's to talk about the
05:34:06 city's budget.
05:34:07 As you well know, it's very, very vital and everything we
05:34:13 do, the overall strategic planning for the city.
05:34:17 It's much, much more than a bunch of numbers for revenues
05:34:22 and expenditures and capital projects.
05:34:25 It's really our map of how we are going to carry out the
05:34:30 business of the city.
05:34:32 And with that, we know that a lot is involved in pulling
05:34:36 together a budget.
05:34:37 So we have developed a budget process which many of you are
05:34:41 already aware in which we meet with each individual council
05:34:47 member, myself along with our second officer Mr. Michael
05:34:53 Perry to discuss one on one on our objectives as it relates
05:34:56 to the fiscal year 2015.
05:34:59 Additionally, we work very closely with the citizens
05:35:03 advisory committee on budget, with each of your appointees,
05:35:09 where they not only meet with revenue and finance but they
05:35:12 also have an opportunity to meet with representatives from
05:35:14 each one of our city's departments during this process.
05:35:19 What we would like to do today is to give you a snapshot of
05:35:24 where we are today.
05:35:26 You will recall that we went through this same process -- we
05:35:30 go through it year after year after year.
05:35:32 We have got the fiscal year 2014 budget last September, and
05:35:38 it's only fitting that we give you an update of where we
05:35:44 are, the performance compared to the adaptive budget for
05:35:48 fiscal year 2014.
05:35:51 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Excuse me, I don't have any idea --
05:36:28 >>SONYA LITTLE: To start out with, we would like to give an
05:36:33 overview to the economic forecast.
05:36:34 We face some huge challenges based on the economic downturn
05:36:40 which severely impacted the way we carry out the business of
05:36:43 the city.
05:36:44 We'll go through that as I indicated.
05:36:46 But really quickly, highlight some of the economic forecast
05:36:50 as it relates to --
05:36:56 >> I'm sorry.
05:36:57 >> We have had this before.
05:37:03 Do we have something to write on?
05:37:07 >>SONYA LITTLE: We are passing it out.
05:37:09 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Can I ask you a question on that first
05:37:16 slide when it said housing market?
05:37:18 What do those numbers mean?
05:37:20 >>SONYA LITTLE: Housing start for the State of Florida, and
05:37:25 in the Tampa Bay area.
05:37:26 That's that Tampa-St. Pete-Clearwater MSA, new housing.
05:37:39 We want to give you a snapshot because you can see the trend
05:37:42 in those categories, the economy factors that we look at
05:37:47 when evaluating the overall economic forecast, between 14
05:37:51 and what's estimated for fiscal year 15, the trend, so in
05:37:58 most cases it's still upwards.
05:38:09 Even though we are going through a recovery we are still
05:38:11 faced with the legacy of a recession.
05:38:13 What that does to the city, obviously it drastically reduced
05:38:18 our resources both on the revenues that we bring in, and our
05:38:21 ability to maintain and operate our facilities as well as
05:38:25 our equipment, and it's caused the city to really reconsider
05:38:31 its staffing levels, which is significant dating back
05:38:35 between 2008 and 2013 we had significant decreases in the
05:38:39 number of positions that were available.
05:38:43 Fortunately, the city has been able to still provide a very
05:38:46 high level of service, doing more with less.
05:38:59 In 2007 the Florida legislature required roll back rates.
05:39:01 In 2008 Florida voted to approve the amendment 1, which
05:39:05 doubles homestead exemptions.
05:39:09 Further, legislative initiatives resulted in an additional
05:39:13 $25,000 increase to the homestead exemption we also had a
05:39:21 10% increase cap on nonhomesteaded properties and capped on
05:39:29 new homesteaded property.
05:39:31 In 2009 the economic recession, revenues dropped drastically
05:39:39 for our property tax revenues.
05:39:41 However in the years 2010-13 the economic deterioration
05:39:47 including high unemployment and high foreclosure rates
05:39:51 further squeezed the city's budget.
05:39:53 The graph that you see hear on slide 5 gives you an
05:39:57 indication of the drastic impact to the city as a result of
05:40:01 the recession.
05:40:02 When you compare 2008, the pink that's shown on the slide to
05:40:08 a low of 21.1 billion in property evaluation in 2013.
05:40:24 You will recall the slide that's before you now, slide
05:40:26 number 6.
05:40:32 It's really one of my favorite slides because it gives us a
05:40:34 really quick snapshot of the city's overall budget.
05:40:37 It shows everything general fund in our enterprise fund,
05:40:42 utility tax and internal services fund, the dollar amount of
05:40:46 the entire $830.9 million budget that's attributable to each
05:40:52 one of those categories.
05:40:53 If you look at the general fund, that 354.4, the 43% of our
05:40:59 city's total budget, you take that off of this pie chart,
05:41:03 put it here on the following page, this is what it all boils
05:41:10 down to.
05:41:11 We are talking about the city's operating budget.
05:41:13 We are talking about our general fund which is a budget of
05:41:17 $354.4 million.
05:41:19 This is the nuts and Bolts of how we operate our city,
05:41:23 determine how we provide the services, determine how a large
05:41:27 majority of the nonenterprise fund-related projects will be
05:41:31 >> Our property tax revenue is not enough to cover just that
05:41:59 one component.
05:42:00 Moving onto the next slide, please.
05:42:05 The way the presentation is structured, as we are talking
05:42:08 about our general fund, and our operating -- general fund
05:42:13 operating budget, we have several slides that provide you
05:42:15 with our general fund revenues.
05:42:18 I want to highlight that this really shows us what our
05:42:24 budget anticipated for the major revenue category versus a
05:42:28 projection on how we now think we are going to end 2014.
05:42:32 The projections are based on -- we have been able to receive
05:42:37 and record revenue, and we have also been able to record the
05:42:43 expenditure to date all the way through April 30th of
05:42:49 So we have some history behind us.
05:42:51 So taking into account the actual history, what we have as
05:42:56 factual information, also evaluating forecasts both from a
05:43:02 national, state and local level, we have taken a look at
05:43:05 each individual revenue to determine if we need to make
05:43:10 judgments to our budget.
05:43:12 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Excuse me, I have Mrs. Mulhern and Mrs.
05:43:15 >>MARY MULHERN: I noticed one projection as we went on.
05:43:28 He from 38 to 420 million.
05:43:31 What do you attribute that to?
05:43:34 >>SONYA LITTLE: We took a conservative estimate as to what
05:43:38 our tourist development taxes or occupational license fees
05:43:42 would be based on what we knew at the time, and we have
05:43:45 adjusted it based on what we have actually pulled.
05:43:49 >>MARY MULHERN: So tourist development and occupational
05:43:53 >> Are the primary revenue sources.
05:43:58 >>HARRY COHEN: I think it's a smaller number than that.
05:44:00 >> 387,000 to 432,000
05:44:13 >>MARY MULHERN: I got a little excited when I saw it.
05:44:23 >>YVONNE CAPIN: On public safety of 63% of general funds, is
05:44:35 that pretty comparable to other municipalities?
05:44:37 I'm just wondering do they spend about 60-something percent?
05:44:42 >>SONYA LITTLE: You will find that most local governments,
05:44:45 that public safety is the largest portion of the general
05:44:53 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Okay.
05:44:54 Is that 100 million more than we take in property taxes?
05:44:59 100 million?
05:45:00 >>SONYA LITTLE: But let me point out for the City of Tampa
05:45:03 included in that category, it's not just police and fire,
05:45:06 but we also have code enforcement and business tax as part
05:45:10 of that higher category as well.
05:45:15 >>YVONNE CAPIN: And that's not necessarily what other
05:45:16 municipalities do?
05:45:18 >>SONYA LITTLE: Not necessarily.
05:45:20 They categorize it differently.
05:45:22 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Thank you.
05:45:22 >> So with the summary on page 8 I want to give you a
05:45:37 summary of what that means.
05:45:38 Starting out with the property taxes, we budgeted $123
05:45:46 million for fiscal year 2014.
05:45:48 We increased that to 500,000.
05:45:51 We know that the budget process for the property tax
05:45:55 evaluation processes every June 1st, we get an estimate
05:46:00 July 1st, we get our certification, and then sometime
05:46:04 after that, we don't know when, we get the final numbers,
05:46:08 and the final certification, and reviewed a final evaluation
05:46:16 and we actually received our final certification on April 4,
05:46:20 this past April 4, so we were able to adjust our budget and
05:46:23 figure out $500,000.
05:46:33 Electric franchise fee, when we get the budget, this time
05:46:36 last year, we anticipated that that revenue would generator
05:46:41 provide $34.7 million to the general fund.
05:46:46 If you will recall, we charged a 6% fee on electric use,
05:46:53 primarily obviously TECO, and that's a 6% franchise fee
05:46:57 charge to the customers charged on every bill has a 6%.
05:47:03 Franchise fee associated with it, and our projection, we
05:47:08 have adjusted them downward based on where we are today,
05:47:12 because we had a mild and wet -- mild and wet winter so our
05:47:19 electric fees really went down, and the result was a
05:47:22 decrease in our projections for '14.
05:47:27 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Well, you couldn't have a hot summer --
05:47:31 >>SONYA LITTLE: We could have a hot summer, so that could
05:47:37 What we looked for when doing our projection, based on where
05:47:40 we are, actually, we look for major variances to see if
05:47:45 there are any major concerns on both the revenue side, and
05:47:48 especially the expenditure side where we have more control.
05:47:52 So we will flip very quickly through each one of these
05:47:57 Slide number 11, where we refer to the half cent sales tax.
05:48:06 We rely very heavily on state projections, and they are
05:48:12 pretty close to our budget figure for our projection.
05:48:16 We only increased it about $400,000 according to the current
05:48:21 information that we receive.
05:48:23 Just like we just did for the general fund revenue he we
05:48:31 also have been the utility tax fund revenue, and I would
05:48:34 like to digress immediately to the backup so we can just
05:48:39 address the picture.
05:48:42 Our utility services tax fund, just like our utility
05:48:47 franchise fee, we decreased our projection because of the
05:48:53 and again be may increase depending on what type of summer
05:48:58 we have.
05:49:04 Communications, services taxes.
05:49:06 We talk about it over and over and over again.
05:49:09 Large concern for not just the City of Tampa but local
05:49:12 governments statewide, with the current legislation, and the
05:49:18 interpretations of what communications services can be
05:49:24 We expect that this particular revenue source, which was
05:49:28 obviously a very strong revenue source for the City of
05:49:31 Tampa, will continue to decline.
05:49:36 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Suarez?
05:49:37 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Mrs. Little, I know you and I talked about
05:49:41 this many, many times.
05:49:43 Are there any projections -- projections or other sources as
05:49:47 to where that be -- we have had kind of a red line right now
05:49:54 with this particular revenue source.
05:49:56 Is there a spot where it's just not going to be around
05:50:00 Very, very small.
05:50:02 >>SONYA LITTLE: The projections are continually adjusted by
05:50:07 the revenue forecasting for the State of Florida, and we are
05:50:13 watching it very closely, obviously by the actual
05:50:17 projections we have had in.
05:50:18 I do know that the task force that was provided to review
05:50:22 the legislation, and also the potential impact on local
05:50:25 governments, has provided a report to be considered and
05:50:30 I have not heard back the results or if any actions are
05:50:34 going to be taken in order to make it a revenue-neutral
05:50:38 impact to local government and, you know, we have folks that
05:50:42 are not just looking out for the City of Tampa request, such
05:50:48 as association of counties, who are really championing our
05:50:56 To force local government to continue to be so severely
05:51:00 impacted that we have to come up with other solutions.
05:51:03 >>MIKE SUAREZ: And there's been no suggestion to what that
05:51:06 solution may be in terms of other figures.
05:51:08 Obviously this is made up of those land lines that are no
05:51:11 longer being used by people and not being put in their homes
05:51:14 and everything is going to cell phones for the most part.
05:51:16 There's been no idea or suggestion on what a model would be
05:51:22 to kind of replace that with some other type of revenue
05:51:25 source yet?
05:51:26 >>SONYA LITTLE: Well, there's been a lot of discussion and
05:51:28 pushback on redefining what communications services can be
05:51:34 So there is a lot of back and forth, obviously the
05:51:38 communications industry, as far as how far.
05:51:46 There are other discussions going on but nothing that has
05:51:48 been identified as a true possibility at this point that I
05:51:53 am aware of.
05:51:56 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Just a public service announcement.
05:51:58 Anyone that's listening out there, if we have any kind of
05:52:06 land line work, your cell phone may not get you through.
05:52:09 That's just to keep that in mind.
05:52:11 >>SONYA LITTLE: Yes, ma'am, thank you.
05:52:14 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Public service.
05:52:15 We need the revenue, too.
05:52:18 Little thank you.
05:52:25 Cohen and people have these phones today that are plugged
05:52:27 into the electrical sockets.
05:52:28 But the best thing is the old-fashioned one that plugs right
05:52:33 into the wall because that will work whether the power goes
05:52:35 out or not.
05:52:39 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I never knew that I work for eight
05:52:43 engineers up here.
05:52:47 Sen and one that's coming in.
05:52:49 Thank you very much.
05:52:50 Yes, ma'am, I'm sorry.
05:52:50 >> Under the same format we talked about our major general
05:52:56 funds and utility services tax revenue.
05:53:00 Now, we move on to general funds expenditures.
05:53:03 >>FRANK REDDICK: Before you go to expenditures let me ask a
05:53:11 And I know we had discussion about this.
05:53:13 It's my understanding -- and I wondered if you were going to
05:53:17 do it in the '15 budget, but you were going to separate the
05:53:21 red light cameras fee out of general revenue and put in the
05:53:25 as a line item.
05:53:31 I can't find it in a where.
05:53:34 >>SONYA LITTLE: We have not provided that as a major
05:53:36 revenue source in the general fund because it didn't rise to
05:53:40 that occasion.
05:53:41 What you will see in the '15 -- and you will recall maybe
05:53:44 two council meetings ago, we came before you with the
05:53:47 omnibus for the '14 budget where we did identify and move
05:53:54 for intersection safety purposes from the general fund to a
05:53:57 specific project.
05:53:59 So in the next budget workshop, Councilman, you will see the
05:54:03 actual line item.
05:54:04 >>FRANK REDDICK: Okay.
05:54:06 All right.
05:54:06 Thank you.
05:54:06 >>SONYA LITTLE: Yes.
05:54:12 If you will go with me to slide 16, where we address the
05:54:20 major general funding expenditures, obviously personnel
05:54:25 costs being the largest under the general fund, health care
05:54:36 all rolled into one.
05:54:37 This is actually a good thing.
05:54:39 We did experience that the estimates that we provided, we
05:54:44 were able to lower them because we were in better position
05:54:48 to project out because we know what positions have been
05:54:52 We have a better feel for the positions that are currently
05:54:55 vacant and how long it will take to actually fill those
05:55:00 So we were able to adjust down one of our major general fund
05:55:05 expenditures, just over $3.3 million.
05:55:19 >>YVONNE CAPIN: And we helped, because we didn't get any
05:55:22 >>SONYA LITTLE: Our fund right now with the general
05:55:30 employees pension fund, it's the city's policy to fund 100%
05:55:38 of the annual required contribution that's required --
05:55:42 that's provided by an independent act actuarial accountant.
05:55:48 Act actuarial accountants, specifically the -- historically
05:55:52 the city has made the decision by taking that recommendation
05:55:55 and making the required contribution requirement, and as a
05:55:59 result, our general employees pension fund is 99.9% funded
05:56:08 as far as we are right on track, and it's really far ahead
05:56:13 of many of our peers as far as our level of funding.
05:56:18 The other thing -- and I don't know, I really pointed this
05:56:24 out in the past but the other thing I think is important to
05:56:27 point out, that as the market returns, our pension funds are
05:56:33 doing extremely well.
05:56:34 Our net rate of return on the general pension fund is just
05:56:40 under 15%, the fund on an annual basis.
05:56:53 By the same token when we look at our fire and police
05:56:56 pension funds, it is the most recent rate of return that we
05:57:05 received, pension fund is 15.2%. So again, the investment
05:57:11 in both of those separate portfolios are performing very
05:57:16 well, and will benefit the city in the long run.
05:57:18 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Mrs. Little, a quick question on the
05:57:25 As a number, how does the formula work in terms of the total
05:57:29 costs that we put into the fund be as they get stronger?
05:57:36 For example, we have about a 15% return on each one of these
05:57:39 pension funds.
05:57:40 The return will get stronger, hopefully -- knock on wood.
05:57:45 How does that reduce our total amount that we send back to
05:57:48 the fund?
05:57:50 What is it at the number, whatever is easier for you to
05:57:55 >>SONYA LITTLE: Okay, I really wish I could give you just a
05:57:58 linear --
05:58:00 >> That's okay.
05:58:01 >>SONYA LITTLE: It's virtually impossible.
05:58:06 It's impossible because there are so many moving parts.
05:58:08 And that's why if you have ever heard of an act actuarial
05:58:13 accountant, it's enough to make any person's mind bend
05:58:17 because there are so many moving parts.
05:58:20 As investment return increases in our contributions
05:58:26 decrease, all of the functions that are in the middle also
05:58:31 play heavily on that amount.
05:58:35 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Let me ask you a different way then.
05:58:37 What did we put in the last fiscal year as a number?
05:58:42 >>SONYA LITTLE: Okay, '13 we put in for general employees,
05:58:46 17.6 million, and we are forecasting 6.4 for '14.
05:58:54 >> That's what I wanted to find out.
05:58:56 That's what I wanted to find out, which is as the fund
05:58:59 grows, with this good rate of return, the less amount that
05:59:02 we have to put in per our contract with the employees that
05:59:06 are part of the pension?
05:59:11 In relationship to them.
05:59:12 >>SONYA LITTLE: But I can't -- other factor changes, we may
05:59:16 be neutral or slightly below.
05:59:18 >>MIKE SUAREZ: I was looking for the number more than
05:59:21 anything else and I appreciate you doing that.
05:59:25 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Cohen.
05:59:25 >>HARRY COHEN: I just wanted to point out for the benefit
05:59:28 of the public that's watching and people that are
05:59:30 interested, these are extraordinarily good numbers when
05:59:34 stood up against other pension funds, both in the State of
05:59:37 Florida and across the country.
05:59:40 I'm not sure exactly a pension fund is considered to be
05:59:45 fully funded at like 88%.
05:59:47 We are well over that.
05:59:48 And the rate of return speak for themselves at least in this
05:59:53 past year.
05:59:54 >>SONYA LITTLE: Yes, sir, thank you.
05:59:57 And that's really critical.
05:59:58 It's beyond the city maintaining and upholding a contractual
06:00:04 It is a contractual agreement.
06:00:06 We are obligated to do it.
06:00:08 It has an impact in our overall credit by having high levels
06:00:15 of funding for each one of our pension funds.
06:00:18 That translates into dollars to us in more ways than one.
06:00:28 Okay, moving on.
06:00:32 If I could have the presentation.
06:00:34 We were starting to talk about our utility service tax
06:00:38 funds, the expenditures here, the summary page, and what you
06:00:48 just saw on all of those slides.
06:00:51 Basically when we adopted the '14 budget we assumed we would
06:00:54 have a budget shortfall, and we need to use fund balance for
06:00:59 our reserves, the dollar amount that we anticipated at the
06:01:03 this point was $7.5 million.
06:01:05 With all the ups and downs on revenues, positives,
06:01:09 negatives, of revenues and expenditures, based on our
06:01:12 projections, we are very close to that.
06:01:16 We believe, though, that we may have to -- again we are
06:01:21 watching each one of those revenues and expenditures, that
06:01:28 we took away on the time line to determine where we are
06:01:31 going to fall but we feel comfortable at this point as we
06:01:33 project out that we would need an additional -- just over $1
06:01:39 million for the '14 fiscal year.
06:01:51 >>HARRY COHEN: So for the first time, in the last couple of
06:01:55 year, when we have projected dipping into the reserves, each
06:01:58 year we have actually taken less than what we planned on
06:02:02 That is not going to be the case for fiscal year '14.
06:02:06 In fiscal year '14 you are saying we are going take an
06:02:10 additional million dollars beyond what we originally
06:02:13 As of today?
06:02:15 >>SONYA LITTLE: As of today we anticipate we knife take out
06:02:18 a little -- slightly more.
06:02:20 But what I would like to point out is along those lines in
06:02:23 2012 we did take out more in the reserve than we originally
06:02:26 funded it.
06:02:27 We took out an additional $1.2 million but that was because
06:02:31 we added the donut pond stormwater project after the fact,
06:02:35 so that's how we ended up taking more out of the reserve,
06:02:39 and in '13 we took out 1.5 million less than we anticipated
06:02:45 in the '13 budget, and we are continuing to watch '15
06:02:50 because we may have to go back and forth.
06:02:52 But what I would like to point out as it relate to budget
06:02:55 versus what we actually end up doing, one of the things we
06:02:58 actually look at is of course the percentage of
06:03:02 Our policy is 20%, because the revenues and expenditures,
06:03:10 and their component in the formula, where we are in the
06:03:14 budget is 25%.
06:03:17 We anticipate taking out -- taking out the $7.5 million,
06:03:26 because it's considered in the whole scheme of things when
06:03:30 you have 800-plus total budget in a $35 million, there are
06:03:36 instances of about a million above and below have a material
06:03:41 impact on the actual calculation so we anticipate being in
06:03:45 the neighborhood of 25% of expenses.
06:03:48 >>HARRY COHEN: 25%, 20% threshold is our policy, but that's
06:03:53 also the amount that the credit agencies and bond rating
06:03:59 agencies are looking at to make sure that we have a healthy
06:04:01 fund balance when they are assigning a credit rating to the
06:04:04 City of Tampa.
06:04:06 >> That's correct.
06:04:07 >>HARRY COHEN: So 20% is the imagine you can number for
06:04:09 that purpose?
06:04:11 >>SONYA LITTLE: Correct.
06:04:12 And if I can clarify that.
06:04:14 20% is for other highlight rated local governments in the
06:04:22 highest level of AA-rated.
06:04:25 If we go to the AAA rating, the expectations obviously will
06:04:31 be higher.
06:04:34 >>HARRY COHEN: The be percentage --
06:04:37 >>SONYA LITTLE: The percentage, there's a range for the
06:04:41 AA-category and I believe the range is from 15 to 20%.
06:04:46 We are at the 20% mark.
06:04:47 And in the AAA rating -- and I have to confirm this, but
06:04:53 from what I recall, it is the 25 to 28 or 29%, but there are
06:05:00 other factors that are involved, obviously, in that whole
06:05:04 That's just an indication of one of the items that they
06:05:09 looked for.
06:05:09 >>FRANK REDDICK: What is the current reserve, dollars?
06:05:22 >>SONYA LITTLE: We are currently at 102.
06:05:25 We think that we will end the year at 95, because that's
06:05:28 taking out for the '14 budget shortfall.
06:05:33 95 million.
06:05:42 so moving along.
06:05:52 If we could now focus on our enterprise fund, solid waste,
06:05:58 wastewater, and water, we'll start with parking.
06:06:04 He would made a lot of progress since 2011 is.
06:06:11 I have to really point out that, yes, what we did
06:06:15 restructure the debt-related back in 2012 but they have come
06:06:20 a long way as far as increasing revenues, and decreasing
06:06:25 their overall operating.
06:06:29 What we provided you with is a snapshot of their operating
06:06:32 revenues versus their operating expenses, just to show you
06:06:36 how the system itself is performing, whether or not they can
06:06:40 pay their own bills to stay income operation, and where we
06:06:44 budgeted that we would have to subsidize with $1.6 million.
06:06:51 Now we anticipate that the general fund subsidies for the
06:06:54 parking system will be half a million dollars instead.
06:06:57 So that's good news.
06:06:59 For the system.
06:07:03 We remain flat on the subsidies for their capital
06:07:07 improvement at half a million dollars.
06:07:09 So in that sense, instead of the 1.6 million that we
06:07:14 anticipated, the decrease in their fund balance, it will
06:07:19 only be half a million dollars.
06:07:25 The solid waste system, another very good story to tell.
06:07:29 Back in 2011, we all know where the system was headed.
06:07:35 In addition to increasing the revenues coming into the
06:07:37 system, they have also done -- the system has done a really
06:07:42 great job as far as decreasing their operating expenditures.
06:07:46 So bottom line, you will see here on the chart provided to
06:07:50 you, there is a $90,000 decrease in their operating
06:07:58 So it goes to show that they are still working hard on the
06:08:01 expenditure side, not just focusing and counting on the
06:08:05 incoming revenue.
06:08:15 For the wastewater fund, the budget forecast, the change
06:08:21 here is largely attributable to a $2.2 million decrease in
06:08:27 the operating expenditures, another good story to tell.
06:08:35 That's resulting from the management of our system, working
06:08:40 really hard to control the expenses.
06:08:46 For the water fund, we believe that we are going to end the
06:08:49 year fairly close, much closer on the net revenue operating
06:08:54 side to what we adopted in our '14 budget, but where we see
06:09:02 an increase in use of fund balance is as it relates to
06:09:06 Capitol projects, just roughly over a million dollar
06:09:10 increase in what we anticipated for capital budget -- for
06:09:14 our capital projects.
06:09:18 Also important to us as we consider the overall financial
06:09:21 condition we provided to you a summary of all of our debt
06:09:29 programs for our outstanding debt.
06:09:33 If I can direct you to the last two columns of this slide,
06:09:36 you will see that the last column under the bond covenants
06:09:41 provide us with the actual debt service coverage
06:09:43 requirement, meaning that that's the minimum that we must
06:09:46 maintain for each one of our bond programs, but instead, he
06:09:52 finds each one of those coverage requirements for each bond
06:10:04 Also, important in review of our debt is to take a look at
06:10:09 all of our outstanding debt service.
06:10:12 And this gives you an indication of how our debt is
06:10:16 structured between our governmental and enterprise funds,
06:10:21 but I believe more importantly here, it's this table on
06:10:26 slide number 29 where it reflects the outstanding
06:10:32 The downward trend is obviously awesome, because what it
06:10:38 shows is our debt is structured in a way that we will repay
06:10:42 it at an accelerated rate, and that's a conscious decision
06:10:47 that we make as we are structural debt and deciding whether
06:10:50 or not we do issue debt.
06:10:53 As a rule of thumb, the rating agencies use the ability of
06:10:56 local government to repay at least 50% of the principal in
06:11:04 the next ten years, and we far exceed that guideline.
06:11:08 We are over 75% repayment in the next ten years.
06:11:19 The bond ratings that we always talk about, even though we
06:11:23 don't have any outstanding general obligation debt, or debt
06:11:27 that's secured by tacks property taxes, they still take a
06:11:30 look at it, from the city's perspective, and we are in two
06:11:38 of the three rating agencies at the very top of the AA
06:11:43 category which is one notch below the highest rating that
06:11:46 you can possibly get.
06:11:55 I like to put up this here because you don't have to take my
06:11:58 word for it.
06:11:59 It's always good to get feedback from an independent
06:12:04 organization as far as the financial position of the city.
06:12:09 The last time that our general obligation or issuer rating
06:12:15 was reviewed, they looked at two rating drivers such as the
06:12:23 be strengthened economic climate of the city, healthy
06:12:26 financial profile, tax base, and coverage on our debt, and
06:12:31 they indicated that we are in a strong position when
06:12:35 compared to our peers in the environment.
06:12:44 >> so that's 2014 in a nutshell.
06:12:47 When I met with each one of you, I mentioned to you that we
06:12:53 really are knee deep in just getting going on where we are
06:12:56 for the '15 budget.
06:13:02 You all have heard -- he would all heard that the mayor has
06:13:05 indicated for the '15 as we start out early on in the
06:13:08 process that we anticipate a budget shortfall in the
06:13:12 neighborhood of 10 to $15 million.
06:13:16 That's less than what we have experienced in prior fiscal
06:13:21 years but nonetheless still a budget shortfall.
06:13:27 We are improving, but we have a lot to catch up on, because
06:13:30 what we talked about in the beginning of the presentation,
06:13:36 the recession, so some of the contributing factors to that
06:13:40 10 to $15 million shortfall are obviously related to
06:13:42 increased personnel costs, increased operating cost, another
06:13:48 thing that we have coming up is the municipal elections that
06:13:50 we have to build in to the process, fiscal year 2015 --
06:13:55 >>HARRY COHEN: We are aware of that.
06:13:56 >> Well, that wasn't a shortfall.
06:14:05 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So are we publicly --
06:14:09 >>MARY MULHERN: Are we publicly financing the election?
06:14:11 Doesn't have to raise any money anymore?
06:14:14 >>SONYA LITTLE: Not that part of it.
06:14:16 We finance the process to carry it out.
06:14:22 We have to pay.
06:14:26 We are estimating about 800 that you.
06:14:29 About 800,000 for the upcoming election.
06:14:33 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: All you have to do is have 110,000 a
06:14:37 >>SONYA LITTLE: 800,000.
06:14:43 In addition to the election, we already talked about the
06:14:48 subsidy both in the operating and capital side about a
06:14:51 million, and we are looking very, very closely at our
06:14:57 capital CIP requirement.
06:15:01 We have a lot of need.
06:15:04 A lot of need.
06:15:05 You can only imagine.
06:15:09 The tarts of prioritizing, and we'll have go through with a
06:15:13 fine tooth comb to determine how much of the capital side
06:15:16 can be funded with still the limited resource, and what we
06:15:21 hope to be and believe will be the last shortfall year in
06:15:25 the city.
06:15:27 So with that --
06:15:29 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Any questions by council members at this
06:15:31 Mrs. Montelione?
06:15:34 >>LISA MONTELIONE: The last item on the legislative impact,
06:15:37 inspection fee, I actually --
06:15:43 >>SONYA LITTLE: I actually took it off of the slide that
06:15:46 was here because there was a decrease -- thereby must be
06:15:50 impact on rental inspection fees is a change in the
06:15:53 legislation where we don't have to inspect, or we are in a
06:15:58 long area loud to inspect certain rental properties.
06:16:04 The impact on that is roughly $400,000 less revenue.
06:16:09 What I want to work on is figuring out -- you would expect
06:16:12 that the increases our expense as well.
06:16:15 So that's what we are trying to work through, and that's why
06:16:18 I didn't put it up on the screen.
06:16:25 It's missing on the overhead.
06:16:27 >>SONYA LITTLE: We need to evaluate them a little more.
06:16:33 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Suarez?
06:16:34 >>MIKE SUAREZ: What is the shortfall total when we are
06:16:38 looking at real numbers?
06:16:40 Because I have about 800,000 in the municipal elections, 1.1
06:16:44 of -- be rental inspection fees, but the others, the
06:16:51 increased personnel costs, increased operating costs.
06:16:55 What's your estimate and the total increased contribution to
06:16:59 the capital program?
06:17:01 I know Mike has those answers somewhere.
06:17:06 >>SONYA LITTLE: Just a second.
06:17:17 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: That's going to be an estimate.
06:17:18 >>SONYA LITTLE: Yes.
06:17:42 Between personnel and operating costs, that's really a
06:17:47 large -- we are in the neighborhood of about $5 million
06:17:52 >>MIKE SUAREZ: 5 million for those two combined?
06:17:55 >>SONYA LITTLE: Right.
06:17:56 And where the balance would come would be the capital
06:17:58 program where that is the one that's really in flux because
06:18:03 that's going to be driven by evaluating the capital funds
06:18:10 that can in longer be deferred.
06:18:12 And they'll have material impact on the operating for the
06:18:18 >>MIKE SUAREZ: So is somewhere in the $7 million range?
06:18:22 >>SONYA LITTLE: We are seeing between 10 and 15 million.
06:18:25 As we get through each one of these line item by line item,
06:18:28 I can't give you the exact number.
06:18:30 The goal is because a couple of things are happening between
06:18:33 now and the next workshop.
06:18:35 Of course, we are still working with our department.
06:18:38 In addition to that, June 1st, as you are aware, the
06:18:41 property appraiser comes out with the property evaluation.
06:18:45 So that will have tremendous impact on how we are able to
06:18:48 budget and determine what can be funded.
06:18:52 So I'll have a great deal of information for you on the June
06:18:57 Unfortunately, with all the moving parts, and waiting on the
06:19:00 property, and the enact we are working with our department
06:19:08 >> So we know what that number is.
06:19:11 >> It will be itemized for you.
06:19:12 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Thank you, chair.
06:19:16 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Any other questions of Mrs. Little?
06:19:18 We are very appreciative of your information.
06:19:22 It's very accurate.
06:19:23 I know it changes from time to time.
06:19:25 It's something you just can't figure out, that's the
06:19:27 evaluation of the properties, and a lot will be based on
06:19:31 that projected out to the minus and plus columns.
06:19:36 So thank you very much and your staff.
06:19:39 Mrs. Capin?
06:19:43 >>YVONNE CAPIN: I just want to say your work is exemplary.
06:19:46 It really is.
06:19:49 Everybody, the staff and you, year after year, your work and
06:19:56 your detail for us, everything is exemplary.
06:20:00 Thank you for that.
06:20:00 >>SONYA LITTLE: Thank you.
06:20:01 If I may, it's a team.
06:20:04 We have an awesome team here, and they work tirelessly, and
06:20:10 they are one of the most professional staff that one could
06:20:14 ever hope for.
06:20:16 >>YVONNE CAPIN: You can tell.
06:20:18 The team and the team leader for bringing us a very detailed
06:20:26 budget and making sure that we understand, do it every I and
06:20:33 cross every T, so thank you for that.
06:20:36 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Mr. Cohen?
06:20:37 >>HARRY COHEN: I certainly concur with every compliment
06:20:40 that Councilwoman Capin just gave you.
06:20:43 I'm sure everyone else does as well
06:20:46 A couple of house keeping items.
06:20:47 You were asked to come back for the second workshop on June
06:20:53 That is our last summer meeting prior to our summer recess.
06:20:57 Council, we can do that in the morning in our regular -- or
06:21:01 we do have a 5:00 item that evening.
06:21:04 We could set this for 5:30 again like we did tonight
06:21:09 depending on what everyone's pleasure.
06:21:14 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I don't want to create overtime.
06:21:18 What is your pleasure?
06:21:20 >>SONYA LITTLE: If we could do the morning that would be
06:21:22 >>HARRY COHEN: I would like to make a motion to have our
06:21:24 second budget workshop on June 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
06:21:29 >> Second.
06:21:30 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Motion by Mr. Cohen, second by Mr.
06:21:32 Further discussion by council members?
06:21:34 All in favor of the motion?
06:21:36 The ayes have it unanimously.
06:21:37 >>HARRY COHEN: One other item.
06:21:40 You have scheduled the acceptance of the report.
06:21:46 I want to say at the outset, and we'll talk more about it
06:21:50 when we get it, the staff did a truly outstanding job in
06:21:54 dealing with the auditors this year.
06:21:57 And you are going to hear about be the tremendous things
06:22:00 that they accomplished while they were simultaneously
06:22:03 getting ready for the ERP implementation.
06:22:09 Mrs. Little had asked that we do that prior to the June
06:22:12 26th budget workshop.
06:22:14 So I was going to ask council's pleasure.
06:22:16 We can do it on June 19th, at the beginning of our
06:22:20 workshop session, or we could do it on the be 12th the
06:22:24 evening session.
06:22:25 It entirely up to everyone.
06:22:27 >>SONYA LITTLE: It would be a quick receive and file and
06:22:31 I would respectfully request the morning session.
06:22:33 >>HARRY COHEN: So I will make a motion then that we receive
06:22:36 the CAFER and have a short presentation regarding its
06:22:43 contents on June 19th at 9:00 a.m., immediately
06:22:46 following the ceremonial activities, prior to getting into
06:22:49 the workshop items.
06:22:51 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Motion by Mr. Cohen.
06:22:52 I have a second by Mr. Suarez.
06:22:54 Discussion by council members?
06:22:55 All in favor of the motion please indicate by saying aye.
06:22:58 Opposed nay. Ayes have it unanimously.
06:23:01 Thank you all very much. Appreciate it. Okay.
06:23:05 I see others in the audience.
06:23:08 I don't want to leave no one here without the opportunity to
06:23:11 Come forward, please.
06:23:12 >> Is this the gavel?
06:23:29 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: No, we are doing it electronically here.
06:23:31 >> Thank you very much for having us here.
06:23:45 Mr. Miranda, thank you.
06:23:52 An advocate for the dog park within the Seminole Heights
06:23:59 In the same paragraph, a thumbs up, the dog park of Seminole
06:24:03 Heights, thank you very much.
06:24:05 I want to thank the parks and rec department, Mr. Greg
06:24:13 spader, they have worked with us for two years now on this
06:24:17 Finally, finally, we are before you.
06:24:25 The dog park in Seminole Heights.
06:24:34 A couple of reasons why we need the park.
06:24:36 One is because the City of Tampa is a city where people want
06:24:42 to come but a lot --
06:24:44 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Will you please identify yourself for the
06:24:45 record so the clerk will know?
06:24:47 I know you.
06:24:48 >> Yes. Maurice Rosas. I am at 118 west Mohawk Avenue,
06:24:52 Tampa 33604.
06:24:53 Thank you.
06:24:56 So as I was saying, two years, and we are finally here
06:25:04 before you because there is a request in the budget for the
06:25:10 dog park within Seminole Heights.
06:25:12 The dog park initiative is a 50-50 plan, where we will
06:25:17 generate 50% of the revenue for the park.
06:25:22 It's approximately 54, $55,000 that the Parks Department is
06:25:27 looking at.
06:25:27 Originally, the plan was to put the park -- I beg your
06:25:40 Can you see that?
06:25:46 Originally, there were some neighborhood issues, and after
06:25:55 all that time, the parks and rec department said, no cannot
06:25:58 move forward because it a fund issue, there would definitely
06:26:04 be some type of litigation involved, and that's what the
06:26:10 park is about.
06:26:10 So now comes back and says we have --
06:26:17 (Bell sounds)
06:26:19 -- a solution, but this is Rivercrest Park.
06:26:25 Rivercrest Park is a used park.
06:26:29 People go there.
06:26:30 It's being proposed that it would be -- thank you.
06:26:40 This is the area.
06:26:46 So here is the view.
06:26:51 There's the playground right over here. So we are looking
06:26:59 at it to be the dog park.
06:27:03 Another reason that we want this park is because Tampa does
06:27:07 not have a handicapped accessible park anywhere.
06:27:11 In fact, if I were to say, hey, do you know where the
06:27:15 closest handicapped accessible park is?
06:27:23 Go ahead.
06:27:24 Sanford, Florida.
06:27:24 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Talking about accessible dog parks, not
06:27:31 accessible parks.
06:27:33 Dog parks.
06:27:34 Because we have all of our parks are handicapped accessible.
06:27:38 >> Yes. My hand don't function well anymore.
06:27:45 I know friends in scooters.
06:27:47 And getting in and out.
06:27:48 So that would be a big thing for the City of Tampa.
06:27:51 The fact that the partnerships, this is something the mayor
06:27:57 has been pushing and I think is something the mayor would
06:27:59 embrace strongly, because the community in Seminole Heights
06:28:02 is behind this project.
06:28:04 However, we still have a little ways to go to make sure that
06:28:10 everybody is on board.
06:28:13 And that's pretty much it.
06:28:15 Any questions?
06:28:20 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Any questions at this time?
06:28:21 Thank you.
06:28:24 Anyone else care to address this council?
06:28:27 Come forward.
06:28:38 >> Peter Lytle, 322 W. Giddens Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33603.
06:28:45 This year on behalf of, as a now home owner in Seminole
06:28:49 Heights, previously lived in Hyde Park, really good places
06:28:53 in Seminole Heights and it's great community.
06:28:56 Within the proposal for parks and rec budget you are going
06:29:01 to see there's three different dog parks, one in Hyde Park,
06:29:05 one in Tampa Palms and one in Seminole Heights.
06:29:08 I have been working with the Seminole Heights to help get
06:29:10 this project started.
06:29:12 Or not started but to completion.
06:29:14 And one thing, we had a great conversation about the budget.
06:29:19 At one meeting you are going to find that we are very
06:29:21 committed to getting this park.
06:29:24 We are going to give you that 50% and say if the budget is
06:29:27 54,000 for this we are going to find ways to help offset
06:29:30 that cost to the city, whether that's funding with residents
06:29:34 within the area, whether that's grant funding which being
06:29:37 ADA accessible, and be able to go to the park, open up the
06:29:42 doors so you don't have to carry a wheelchair, be much
06:29:47 harder to get in. So you open the button, push the door and
06:29:50 you go in, and make it handicapped accessible.
06:29:53 The closest one is in Sanford.
06:29:57 Being able to find that funding, be able to find it through
06:30:00 grant funding, be able to support that, it's going to be
06:30:04 very important to set up a great partnership between the
06:30:06 city and the resident of Seminole Heights as well.
06:30:08 The other thing I can say is something I definitely support
06:30:11 as a homeowner, I would love to see a dog park built.
06:30:15 We have only been in the draft stages which is a great,
06:30:19 beautiful park to build that in.
06:30:20 We have great views of the river and that would really kind
06:30:23 of highlight what we have in that area.
06:30:25 Just want to show you my support.
06:30:32 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: We appreciate it very much.
06:30:39 No microphone.
06:30:40 We are so smart.
06:30:48 >> My name is Carlos Cabron, Tampa, Florida 33617, also
06:30:57 known as district 7.
06:31:09 So the reason I want to talk about MacFarlane park, because
06:31:18 as many of you know, or don't know, I'm really the organizer
06:31:25 of the 3617 and 33611 and 33614, West Tampa area.
06:31:34 I visit MacFarlane park, and the dog park for dogs.
06:31:42 They also want a park with community center, not just people
06:31:47 for 55 and older, but for everybody, for kids, just like
06:31:56 2nd and Fletcher.
06:31:58 So my question to the council, what can be we do to create
06:32:01 more resources for the West Tampa area, and what can we do
06:32:06 to talk to the county, like Councilman said, and what can we
06:32:16 do for more resources for the Tampa area?
06:32:19 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me just say this and not speaking
06:32:20 just for Tampa, the general city within the budget.
06:32:24 We had Robles Park, a beautiful park.
06:32:26 Doesn't have a dog park.
06:32:27 And it also has the old hunt center that used to be in Drew
06:32:32 Park that was moved over about 15, 18 years ago.
06:32:35 It is a beautiful building and it's very, very well used.
06:32:39 The senior center that you are speaking about, MacFarlane
06:32:43 park, or to the west of MacFarlane park, southwest of it, is
06:32:47 also very heavily used a lot of times mostly by seniors.
06:32:54 There has to be more explaining to me anyway because I don't
06:32:57 quite understand.
06:32:58 You are talking about an area maybe eight blocks, ten blocks
06:33:01 at most, and West Tampa does not have a zip code of 33611.
06:33:09 It does not have 17 either, and does not have been the other
06:33:12 zip code in part.
06:33:14 Maybe a little part of it.
06:33:15 70 is where it's at.
06:33:21 I'm not trying to correct you.
06:33:22 I'm just saying demographics of that area.
06:33:27 There's two beautiful centers there.
06:33:30 Those centers didn't even exist -- nothing exists there.
06:33:37 They are both very operational and very functional, with
06:33:42 exercise equipment, dance, aerobics.
06:33:44 I need that myself.
06:33:46 My legs aren't as fast as be they used to.
06:33:50 I can't even outrun myself anymore.
06:33:52 But these are the things that are needed.
06:33:54 But I don't see the ultimate need today.
06:33:57 >> I understand.
06:33:59 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I really don't.
06:34:00 I would like to say I do, but I don't.
06:34:02 There is a dog park in proximity to that location.
06:34:06 I'm not saying there should be one there.
06:34:09 But it's a very tight and closed area.
06:34:12 Tough West Tampa little league that has enormous amount of
06:34:15 following and enormous amount of kids that play there,
06:34:17 including many major leaguers that went on from that play
06:34:22 professional ball.
06:34:23 The park in West Tampa used to be very large.
06:34:26 And now the population has come in, because there is no
06:34:29 more -- there's a lot of condoing and new buildings and
06:34:36 apartments, and those areas being absorbed by population.
06:34:39 I understand that part.
06:34:40 It's very difficult be under the situation that our
06:34:44 financial officer just stated here, and regarding what Mrs.
06:34:52 Little stated about the approximately 15 million that we are
06:34:55 going to be down for us not to look at something that has a
06:34:58 much bigger need and West Tampa does have need.
06:35:02 Don't get me wrong.
06:35:03 It really does.
06:35:04 But we are looking at the whole city.
06:35:06 There are some areas that don't have V the amenities that
06:35:08 even we have, and that's what we are looking at.
06:35:10 >> I understand.
06:35:13 Thank you.
06:35:14 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Next, please.
06:35:14 I didn't want to scare anybody off.
06:35:21 Come on up.
06:35:22 I'm not talking to you.
06:35:23 I'm talking to the rest of them.
06:35:25 I like you.
06:35:25 I always have.
06:35:26 Come up.
06:35:27 >> I live about four blocks from the old park.
06:35:39 We use it constantly walking my dog so I would like to see
06:35:44 the dogs there.
06:35:45 But I am in agreement that a better need at the riverfront,
06:35:52 if you can do it there, that would be wonderful just to have
06:35:55 something in the area in the enclosed area, to take our
06:36:01 I live near Henry and Ola.
06:36:06 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: I used to hate to play ball there because
06:36:09 left field wall was real close [ Laughter ]
06:36:20 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Quickly, I'm a little bit confused on the
06:36:25 dog park, just a little.
06:36:28 We do allow service canines into our park, do we not?
06:36:33 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Oh, yes.
06:36:35 >>YVONNE CAPIN: So I'm trying to follow.
06:36:37 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: The operation that he's talking about,
06:36:39 I'm not speaking for Mr. Rosen.
06:36:41 The only handicapped park for individuals than go and take
06:36:44 their animal is in Sanford Florida, about 96 miles away.
06:36:49 >> And is accessible be -- okay, I understand now.
06:36:58 I think I do.
06:37:02 I was under the impression that we didn't allow service
06:37:06 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: No.
06:37:06 I need a motion to receive and file any and all document.
06:37:09 Motion by Mr. Suarez, second by Mr. Reddick.
06:37:11 All in favor of the motion?
06:37:13 The ayes have it unanimously.
06:37:15 Information reports from left to right.
06:37:17 Mrs. Montelione.
06:37:17 >>LISA MONTELIONE: Nothing.
06:37:19 >>HARRY COHEN: Thank you.
06:37:21 I have two items.
06:37:26 You this morning had the unfortunate task of announcing the
06:37:31 passing of Mr. Al Austin, and I was going to ask if we could
06:37:36 have a motion to send condolences to Ms. Beverly Austin and
06:37:40 his family at this time.
06:37:42 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Motion by Mr. Cohen.
06:37:43 I have a second by Mrs. Montelione.
06:37:45 All in favor of the motion please signify by saying aye.
06:37:47 Opposed nay. The ayes have it unanimously.
06:37:49 >>HARRY COHEN: And second, Mr. Cohen Delgado passed away
06:37:55 this week.
06:37:55 I know he was a very good friend of yours, Mr. Chair.
06:37:58 She was also someone that spent over 25 years at both
06:38:02 Jefferson and Plant High School, and she was beloved by
06:38:05 many, many generations of students in our community.
06:38:09 I would like to ask that we send a letter of condolence to
06:38:13 her daughter, and her family.
06:38:18 She's a good friend of mine.
06:38:19 And I know that they are hurting over the loss of their
06:38:24 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Let me say.
06:38:25 This I have known Helen for a long time.
06:38:27 I knew her much closer to her when we were picking up our
06:38:31 grandkids in elementary school.
06:38:33 And I used to get in the car with them, and it was me and
06:38:36 five ladies, and they would give me hell all the time, and I
06:38:40 really enjoyed that.
06:38:41 But it's a great loss to our community.
06:38:43 She was a very young 92.
06:38:46 She was prolific.
06:38:47 She was an inspiration, and she gave me a lot of thoughts on
06:38:54 how to handle some of my duties.
06:38:55 I have a motion by Mr. Cohen.
06:38:56 Second by Mrs. Montelione.
06:38:58 All in favor of the motion?
06:38:59 The ayes have it unanimously.
06:39:03 Mrs. Mulhern.
06:39:03 >>MARY MULHERN: Nothing.
06:39:05 >>FRANK REDDICK: Nothing.
06:39:07 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Nothing.
06:39:08 >>MARY MULHERN: Well, I guess it's down to one.
06:39:11 Mr. Suarez.
06:39:11 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Happy Memorial Day.
06:39:14 See you in June.
06:39:15 And happy birthday.
06:39:18 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: One thing, Mr. Suarez.
06:39:19 I noticed it today and I was not going to bring it up but
06:39:23 your voice is changing a little bit.
06:39:25 >>MIKE SUAREZ: Finally.
06:39:35 >>YVONNE CAPIN: Mr. Suarez had his L birthday today.
06:39:37 >>CHARLIE MIRANDA: Anyone else before council, anyone else
06:39:39 to speak?
06:39:40 We stand adjourned.
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