City of El Paso Continues Budget Process
The City of El Paso is in the midst of its Budget Session, with Budget Hearings scheduled through the end of July. Major highlights going into the budget hearings featured:
- The overall budget having been reduced by 2.3%
- Salaries being frozen until 4th quarter
- Police and Fire Unions have been asked for wage deferral concessions
- Most department budgets have been reduced from current year
- Budget priorities that include: Health and Safety, Streets Maintenance and ROW cleaning, & Technology
- New Initiatives included in the proposed budget are: a consolidated 911 emergency communications center and preparation for a citywide 311 call center
Coming up in the schedule of hearings will be discussions regarding the City's Quality of Life Departments, Development and Infrastructure Departments, the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and City Attorney's Office Budgets, as well as further discussion regarding current lease properties of the City that are recommended for disposal, a City/County agreement for Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) and Boards and Commissions that are recommended for changes, such as collaborations, possible consolidations, sunsets or revisions to existing boards and commissions, per prior Council direction.
Constituents can keep up with all budget hearings by logging-on to the City's website, www.elpasotexas.gov. There residents will find an entire section dedicated to the City's budget process, with direct access to the most up-to-date budget hearing schedule, presentations that have been presented to the City Council for each of the City departments, budget summary sheets for each department and the City Manager's overview that was presented to the City Council on the FY2010 Proposed Budget.
A video overview of the proposed budget is also available for viewing on the City's homepage, as shown on FYI with the City Manager on City 15 - the City's government television channel. Budget Hearings are available for viewing live on City 15 on the date and time they are scheduled to be presented, as well as through a video stream on the City's website, www.elpasotexas.gov. The hearings are also rebroadcast on City 15 at 6:00 p.m. the same day as the hearing.
Upcoming City Meetings & Events:
- For a listing of City Meetings, City Council Meetings or community
- To find out what City events are happening in a neighborhood near you, visit the
City Events Calendar.
Military Regional Growth Management Plan Meetings to take place
Planning efforts targeting the anticipated expation of Fort Bliss continue as a critical priority. The Development Services Department & consultant firm, SAIC invite the public to attend a series of upcoming community meetings.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH
Do Your Share for Clean Air
On June 1, the Air Quality Program held a joint press conference with the Texas Department of Transportation, the El Paso Metropolitan Planning Organization to ask our citizens to help reduce ozone pollution.
What Are You Doing to Stop Vehicle Burglaries?
The El Paso Police Department would like for everyone to ask themselves, what am I doing to stop vehicle burglaries?
Flood Safety Tips 2009
Flooding is the most common and widespread of all natural disasters. It can happen anywhere and at anytime, with devastating results to life and property. Learn about safety tips that can help to protect you, your family and your property during this year's monsoon season.
DEVELOPMENT AND INFRASRUCTURE
Development Services Information Kiosk Now Available
As part of a continuing effort to maximize electronic customer services available to the community, information highlighting the development process and building services is now a click away!
Engineering Website Highlights Capital Projects
Interested in what improvement and construction projects are taking place in your area? A new
feature has been added to the Engineering Website highlighting the latest information on projects enhancing public infrastructure and continued quality of life initiatives citywide.
ADA Transition Plan for the City of El Paso
In keeping with the ongoing commitment to create an inclusive environment and experience for all persons, the City of El Paso is taking the essential steps in furthering its Transition Plan supporting requirements outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Citizen Collection Stations Now Accepting Appliances with Freon
Citizen Collection Stations are now accepting refrigerators that still contain Freon, or refrigerant.
Riding a Sun Metro Bus: Saving Money, Saving the Earth
If gasoline bills are hitting your wallet too hard or the making the long commute home after a long day of work becoming overwhelming, consider letting Sun Metro shuttle you to and from work.
FACTSHEET: Mission Valley Transfer Center
Learn more about the new Mission Valley Transfer Center, which broke ground this week!
QUALITY OF LIFE
El Paso Zoo Launches "How do you Zoo?" Campaign
The El Paso Zoo is asking all El Pasoans – How do you Zoo? Share your story about the El Paso Zoo.
Call to Artists: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) City of El Paso Pre-Qualified Artist Pool 2009-2011
The City of El Paso Public Art Program seeks to establish a new pre-qualified pool of artists and artist teams for consideration in upcoming public art projects.
Chalk the Block 2009: Calling all Artists!
The City of El Paso\'s Public Art Program and the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department is looking for local and regional artists who would like to produce chalk art on the city sidewalks of Downtown El Paso as part of the Second Annual Public Art Street Festival titled Chalk the Block.
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