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File #: 19-6722   
Type: Staff Briefing - With Ordinance
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 9/12/2019
Posting Language: Establishing new fees and amending fees as included within the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget within the General Fund and within the restricted Funds of Carver Special Revenue; Community & Visitor Facilities; Parks Environmental; Solid Waste Operating and Maintenance; and Storm Water Operating; amending the City Code of San Antonio, Texas to reflect such changes; and approving the City’s continued receipt of its share of the cash bingo prize fee collected under the Texas Occupations Code.
Attachments: 1. Attachment I-Revenue Enhancements, 2. Ordinance 2019-09-12-0694A
Related files: 19-6709, 19-6724, 19-6708, 19-6711, 19-6716, 19-6721

DEPARTMENT:   Office of Management and Budget                                

 

 

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Justina Tate

                     

                     

COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City Wide

 

 

SUBJECT:

 

Amending Fees and Establishing New Fees for FY 2020

 

 

SUMMARY:

 

An ordinance establishing new fees and amending existing fees for various City departments and funds as recommended in the FY 2020 Proposed Budget, revised by subsequent City Council budget amendments, and enacted by the 86th Texas Legislature. The following table summarizes, by Fund, the proposed additional revenues projected to be generated from the recommendations included in the FY 2020 Proposed Budget as presented by the City Manager to the City Council on August 8, 2019:

 

FY 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET REVENUE ADJUSTMENTS - General Fund

Department

Projected Additional Revenue

Center City Development & Operations

$2,235,572

City Clerk

2,238

Convention & Sports Facilities

4,525

Finance

9,900,000

Library

7,940

Police

229,789

 

FY 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET REVENUE ADJUSTMENTS BY FUND

Fund

Projected Additional Revenue

Carver Special Revenue Fund

$2,475

Community & Visitor Facilities Fund

5,930

Market Square Fund

27,200

Parks Environmental Fund

3,679,221

Solid Waste Operating & Maintenance Fund

(4,759,230)

Storm Water Operating Fund

1,117,320

 

 

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

 

City staff annually reviews existing revenue sources and service delivery processes in order to identify both new sources of revenue and potential changes to existing revenues. The policy direction for the FY 2020 budget process regarding revenue adjustments focused on implementation of City Council adopted policy, revenue changes that allow cost recovery from those who benefit from service (User Fees) as well as service areas that had not been adjusted in the recent past. The concept of cost recovery is to recover some or all of the costs associated with providing city services and programs at varying levels depending on factors such as the nature of the service provided, the population served, and the intended impact to the community.

 

In addition to revenue changes recommended in the FY 2020 Proposed Budget, the revenue ordinance also includes changes enacted by the 86th Texas Legislature which affect Bingo Taxes collected by the Finance Department and court costs collected by Municipal Court. 

 

Currently, the Bingo Tax assesses a 5% tax on all cash prizes and goods valued over $5.00. This tax is collected by the state and the city receives approximately $1.1 million annually.  With the passage of House Bill 914, current law related to the regulation of bingo games was amended to collect tax only on cash prices over $5.  Additionally, the amended legislation requires a municipality to vote before November 1, 2019 to continue to collect the Bingo Tax. With this item, City Council will consider passage of a resolution to fulfill the requirement of HB914. Upon passage, the Finance Department will assume collection of the City’s portion of the Bingo Tax revenue. At this time, no additional resources are requested to collect the City’s portion of the Bingo Tax revenue, the City will absorb it within current staffing levels.  In the event that the City does not pass a resolution to continue to collect the Bingo Tax revenue before November 1, 2019, the City would forfeit its share of the revenue.

 

The State Legislature also passed SB346 which repealed provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure that previously regulated recovery of court costs from persons convicted of misdemeanor offenses. Subchapter C, Section 134.103 increases the total court fee from $12 to $14. Under previous law, the Municipal Court Security Fund received $3; the Juvenile Case Manager Fund received $5; and the Municipal Court Technology Fund received $4.  These are now broken out into percentages which ultimately results in the increase to the Municipal Court Security Fee from $3 to $5. This increase is projected to generate approximately $142,000 in the FY 2020 Proposed Budget for the Municipal Court Security Fund.  The law also changes the name of the Juvenile Case Manager Fund to be named the Local Truancy Prevention and Diversion Fund. This item revises portions of Chapter 20 of the City Code to bring them in compliance with SB346 which takes effect January 1, 2020. 

 

ISSUE:

The FY 2020 Proposed Budget includes increases to several existing fees and creates new fees and charges for service. These new and adjusted revenue items for the General Fund total $12,380,064. The policy direction for the FY 2020 budget process regarding revenue enhancements focused on revenue changes that impact those who benefit from service (User Fees).

 

SAWS Transfer: The City of San Antonio owns the San Antonio Water System (SAWS). As the owner, the City can receive up to 5% of the gross monthly revenues of SAWS (in accordance with the payments pledged and appropriated and in the order of priority set out in bond ordinances adopted by the City Council). Currently, the City receives 2.7% of SAWS’ gross revenues. As part of the City’s strategy to address revenue challenges, the FY 2020 Proposed Budget includes an increase of this transfer to 4%, which is expected to generate an additional $9.9 million in revenue for the General Fund in FY 2020.

 

Riverbarge and Tower Ticket Fees: The FY 2020 Proposed Budget also includes increases to Riverbarge and Tower of the Americas tickets. A $1 per ticket increase to Riverbarge ticket prices is included as per the scheduled increase included in the concessioner contract, and is estimated to generate $1.1M which is included in the FY 2020 Proposed General Fund revenues. In addition, $0.50/ticket increases are proposed to both Riverbarge and Tower of the Americas tickets which would generate $1.1 million to be utilized for homeless initiatives.

 

Center City Housing Incentive Policy (CCHIP) Assignment Fee: The FY 2020 Proposed Budget includes a new fee for the assignment of CCHIP projects.  The proposed fee is $2,500 per assignment plus $100 per housing unit and $0.25 per sq foot of leasable commercial space.  This is anticipated to generate approximately $10,000 in FY 2020. 

Based on additional review, staff recommends two changes to the proposed fee

                     Establishing a maximum fee of $7,500; and

                     For CCHIP projects that include affordable units, the per-unit assignment fee be reduced to $0 for any units qualifying as affordable. For CCHIP Projects where at least half of the units are affordable, these projects will be exempt from the per-unit assignment fee.

Additionally, several categories of cost recovery and user fees were evaluated including: Center City Development & Operations, City Clerk, Convention & Sports Facilities, Library, and Police. Attached is a report that lists all the recommended fees/rate adjustments for the General Fund. Material in this report has been included in the FY 2020 Proposed Budget Document.

 

Restricted Funds

 

The FY 2020 Proposed Budget includes increases to several existing fees and also creates new fees and charges for service in certain Restricted Funds. Funds impacted and projected additional revenues for the new or adjusted revenues can be found in the table below.

FY 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET REVENUE ADJUSTMENTS BY FUND

Fund

Projected Additional Revenue

Carver Special Revenue Fund

$2,475

Community & Visitor Facilities Fund

5,930

Market Square Fund

27,200

Parks Environmental Fund

3,679,221

Solid Waste Operating & Maintenance Fund

(4,759,230)

Storm Water Operating Fund

1,117,320

 

Carver Special Revenue Fund: The FY 2020 Proposed Budget includes fee increases at the Carver Center to increase fees related to season tickets.

 

Community & Visitor Facilities Fund: The FY 2020 Proposed Budget includes adjustments to the rental rates for the Lila Cockrell Theater based on a rate study of comparable theater facilities.

 

Market Square Fund: Market Square currently has rates for renting individual plazas, but not the entire facility. For large events/festivals, organizers are charged up to $3,400 per day to rent three outdoor plaza areas totaling approximately 23,480 square feet, plus two street areas. The $3,400 fee is not sufficient to recover the city costs for an event that uses all three plazas.  The proposed fee of $6,800 is to recover these costs. 

 

Parks Environmental Fee: The FY 2020 Budget proposes to increase the monthly Parks Environmental Fee by $0.50 to a total of $1.50 beginning October 1, 2019 and at the same time decrease the monthly Solid Waste Environmental Fee by $0.50 from $2.24 to $1.74.  Both of these fees are included in the CPS Energy Bill.  These changes in fees will not have an impact on the ratepayer and will allow the General Fund to transfer $3.6 million in eligible functions to the Parks Environmental Fund. This transfer keeps the General Fund balanced in FY 2020 and FY 2021. With this proposed increase, the FY 2020 Parks Environmental Fee would generate $11 million in annual revenue.

 

Solid Waste Operating & Maintenance Fund:  The City’s recycling rate is currently at 36%.  This year’s proposed budget continues the Cart Downsizing program. In the Cart Downsizing program, customers are offered a choice of three garbage carts, each with their own rate.  The smaller the cart, the lower the rate they are charged.  This program is designed to incentivize residents to recycle more and move to a smaller garbage cart. To help motivate more residents to participate in the program, the solid waste fee is being reduced by $2.00 per month for the small garbage cart.  The medium and large garbage cart fees will remain the same.  The fee range differential between the small garbage cart and the large garbage cart will be $12 per month. Over a year, a customer with the small cart saves $144 annually.  The table below reflects the revised rates.

 

Solid Waste Fee

Monthly Fee

Garbage Cart Size

FY 2019

Proposed FY 2020

Small (48 gal)

$         16.76

$         14.76

Medium (64 gal)

$         18.76

$         18.76

Large (96 gal)

$         26.76

$         26.76

 

The Budget also proposes a reduction of $0.50 to the monthly Solid Waste Environmental Fee. This proposed decrease from FY 2019 is combined with a corresponding $0.50 monthly increase in the Parks Environmental Fee as described under the Parks Section of this memorandum. This will result in no net impact to ratepayers.

 

 

Monthly Fee

 

FY 2019

Proposed FY 2020

Solid Waste Environmental Fee

$         2.24

$         1.74

 

Storm Water Operating Fund: In FY 2016, the Adopted Budget introduced a new impervious cover methodology and rate structure.  The new methodology and rate structure assesses fees based on rate and volume of storm water runoff.  A five-year rate plan using the new methodology was adopted by City Council.  The FY 2020 Proposed Budget includes an increase to fees consistent with the five-year rate plan of 2.25%, which is estimated to generate $1 million in additional revenue for new capital projects.

 

Attached is a report that lists all the recommended fees/rate adjustments for the Restricted Funds. Material in this report has been included in the FY 2020 Proposed Budget Document (see attachment for individual rate increases). 

 

 

ALTERNATIVES:

 

The FY 2020 Proposed Budget accounts for the estimated additional revenues to be generated from the proposed revenue changes included in this item. Should any of these proposed revenue adjustments not be approved by the City Council, City staff will need to determine if the exclusion of the anticipated revenue will cause a negative impact to the Budget. If so, one or both of the following actions must be taken by City Council:

 

1. Reduce expenditure levels

2. Increase other sources of revenue

 

 

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

 

The individual revenue adjustment items included herein propose to increase revenues within various City funds as outlined in the table below:

 

FY 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET REVENUE ADJUSTMENTS - General Fund

Department

Projected Additional Revenue

Center City Development & Operations

$2,235,572

City Clerk

2,238

Convention & Sports Facilities

4,525

Finance

9,900,000

Library

7,940

Police

229,789

 

FY 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET REVENUE ADJUSTMENTS BY FUND

Fund

Projected Additional Revenue

Carver Special Revenue Fund

$2,475

Community & Visitor Facilities Fund

5,930

Market Square Fund

27,200

Parks Environmental Fund

3,679,221

Solid Waste Operating & Maintenance Fund

(4,759,230)

Storm Water Operating Fund

1,117,320

 

In addition to the above revenues, this item also includes provisions related to legislation passed by the 86th State Legislature related to Bingo Taxes and Municipal Court Fees.

 

 

 

RECOMMENDATION:

 

Staff recommends approval of the proposed fees.