What’s Inside Published by the City of Richardson www.cor.net October 2011, Vol. 24, No. 1 City’s 2011-2012 Budget keeps the focus Immediately following the City Council election this past May, the Council Members began working with City staff to develop the 2011-2012 fiscal budget. Throughout the process, the goal of the Council and staff was to create a budget that is responsive to the current economic climate and minimizes additional costs to residents while still providing the same excellent services. It could be described as a budget that is “keeping the focus.” Even though it is important to be aware of issues at the state, national and global levels, a key strategy for developing the City’s budget this year was to keep focused, stay flexible and take care of the matters that can be handled. “We’ve been fortunate in Richardson that our community continues to show great strength and resilience to the fluctuations being experienced in the world economy,” City Manager Bill Keffler said. “Our property values have not only been holding steady but improving in our community and it is due to the strength of our local companies and investments the City has made in our local infrastructure.” . . . continued on page 3 General Fund Revenues–$97,042,573 GENERAL PROPERTY TAXES 37.7% SALES & OTHER BUSINESS TAXES 24.4% FRANCHISE FEES 13.3% The Eisemann Center season begins Page 4 The 2011-12 Eisemann Center Presents season begins with the Oct. 15 performance of Benise: “The Spanish Guitar.” GENERAL & ADMINISTRATIVE 9.7% OTHER REVENUE 4.4% FINES & FORFEITS 4.6% RECREATION & LEISURE 3.6% LICENSE & PERMITS 1.8% REVENUE FROM MONEY/PROPERTY 0.4% 2011-2012 General Fund Revenues definitions General Property Taxes-taxes levied on real and business personal property Sales and Other Business Taxes-a $0.01 per dollar tax collected by retailers on the sale of goods and services within the City as well as business taxes on mixed beverages and bingo Franchise Fees-charges to utility companies operating within the City limits for use of the City’s rights of way General and Administrative Transfers-transfers between several different types of funds in support of the general fund to ensure equity in cost sharing Other Revenue-fees from the cable TV franchise, ambulance service and 9-1-1 service Fines and Forfeits-revenue from a wide variety of fines and forfeits, including citations, overdue library books, misdemeanor violations of state law and other sources Recreation and Leisure-fees collected at rec centers, pools, tennis center, concessions, festivals, etc. License and Permits-numerous fees including but not limited to building permits, childcare permits, alarm system permits, animal license and shelter fees and apartment inspection fees Revenue from Money/Property-revenue from interest earnings on the City’s bank and investment accounts RSO Celebrates 50 Years Page 7 The Richardson Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 50th season and offering special pricing for its Oct. 8 concert at the Eisemann Center. 2011-2013 Statement of Goals is approved by City Council The 2011-2013 Statement of to emphasize. Our mission is to Goals, which the City Council ap- enhance and expand our business proved in August, articulates the base, in conjunction with the prokey objectives on which the Coun- motion of high-quality residential cil Members collectively desire to neighborhoods. We can do this by focus on in order to make the City taking advantage of our communiof Richardson an even better envi- ty strengths which include a wellronment for residents, businesses educated and highly motivated and visitors. The Goals establish work force, a strong, established the Council’s vision and mission education infrastructure and a dyfor the next two years and identify namic business environment.” a foundation of The City 2011-2013 Goals principles upon Council is excitCommunications which the comed about the fuCommunity Vitality and munity will prosture prospects for Neighborhood Integrity per. Richardson and Economic Development “The 2011looks forward to Education 2013 Statement the challenges of Goals is the Environmental Management ahead. Based on Fiscal Responsibility result of several the well-recogGovernance public work sesnized strengths sion discussions Health Care Facilities and of the residential, Community Wellness and public feedacademic and back provided Land Use and Development business commuMarketing during these sesnities, the City Public Services sions,” RichardCouncil is confison Mayor Bob Transportation and Mobility dent Richardson Townsend said. will successfully “Our vision as a City Council is to meet these challenges and take make Richardson the best City it advantage of these opportunities. can be and we started developing The complete document can our goals by establishing 12 key be found on the City’s website at areas of excellence that we want www.cor.net. NTMWD announces need for increased water conservation At its Sept. 22 board meeting the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), the City’s water supplier, approved a measure to ask its member cities to implement Stage 3 emergency water restrictions beginning Nov. 1. The request is a result of the loss of the Lake Texhoma raw water supply due to the presence of invasive zebra mussels and NTMWD’s remaining share of the Lake Chapman raw water supply being reduced to 36 percent of capacity due to drought conditions. The NTMWD’s Stage 3 conservation measures target a 10 percent reduction in water use by all of its member cities. The City of Richardson is now reviewing its current consumption rates to determine if its Stage 2 water conservation measures are meeting the goal, or if increasing to Stage 3 water conservation measures will be needed to reach the 10 percent goal. “The North Texas Municipal Water District has a large service area that it is watching to determine future water needs,” said Public Services Department Director Jerry Ortega. “For the District, Stage 3 water conservation targets a 10 percent reduction in usage, but in many cases cities are able to attain the District’s goals by using less harsh measures for Last digit of address 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (odd) 2, 4, 6, 8, 0 (even) water restrictions. We are going to review the success of our Stage 2 restrictions now to see if we are currently meeting the District’s 10 percent reduction goal. If we are, then we may stay at Stage 2 water conservation measures on Nov. 1.” The City’s primary water source reservoirs are drastically lower than normal by almost 10 feet after this record-breaking summer season. Plus experts are predicting a very dry fall and winter. It is therefore the utmost importance that Richardson residents use water wisely and follow current water restrictions in place. Currently, Stage 2 of the City’s Emergency Water Management and Drought Contingency Plan remains in effect. The plan allows for twice weekly watering on particular days based on address (see table). Tips on water conservation can be found on the Water Conservation website available on the City’s homepage at www.cor.net. The site also explains variances that are in effect which the City uses to ensure public facilities are maintained for athletic or other activities. For a complete list of Stage 2 watering restrictions and possible fines, visit www.cor.net or use your smartphone to scan this QR-code. From snails beaks to bug feet Page 12 First through fifth graders can check out the bodies and behavior of snails, insects and spiders at the Richardson Public Library Saturday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. It’s FREE. Allowed landscape watering days Wednesday and Sunday Tuesday and Saturday