Presentation on theme: "El Paso County Colorado"— Presentation transcript:
1El PasoCountyColorado2011 Town Hall Meetings Commissioner Darryl Glenn Commissioner District 1
2Presentation Overview District 1 Capital Improvement ProjectsMilitary Economy & Outlook2012 Fiscal OutlookCitizen Engagement SurveyRedistricting and Realignment
3District 1 Capital Improvement Projects Completed in 2011
4Timberview Filing 2 Subdivision Acceptance Location:Bridle Creek Court and Lamplight Drive / Furrow Road intersectionDescription:Install a drainage system with inlet; establish and stabilize roadside ditches; replace culvertFunding Source:$52,243 / Subdivision Improvement Agreement Collateral (called by BoCC to finish drainage not done by developer)Although there were not a lot of dollars involved – this project solved a long term drainage problem caused when the developer didn’t finish the project as required by the subdivision agreement. The Commissioners called the collateral bond posted by the developer to complete the drainage work.
5Highway 105 Guardrail Installation Location:Highway 105 at Monument Academy Charter SchoolDescription:Installation of approximately 460 feet of guardrail along north side of roadFunding Source:Materials on-hand / Road and BridgeDue to the close proximity of the school this was a safety concern for parents. They requested the guard rail and work was done this Spring.
6District 1 Capital Improvement Projects Under Construction in 2011
7Hodgen Road Improvements Location:State Highway 83 to Black Forest RoadDescription:Safety Improvements – Improve vertical alignment; intersection site distance; add auxiliary lanes; reduce impact of drifting snowFunding source:$13.1M / PPRTA CapitalThis is a major PPRTA Capital Project expected improve safety for motorists, reduce drainage issues and make it easier to keep the road open during snow storms.
8District 1 Capital Improvement Projects Planning / Design Stage in 2011
9Black Forest Road / Burgess Road Intersection Location:Intersection of Black Forest Road and Burgess RoadDescription:Reconstruction – Improve the vertical alignments; add auxiliary lanes; improve drainage; upgrade traffic signalFunding:Estimated $1.85M (total project); $800,000 currently funded for utility relocation and Right of Way acquisitions from Road & Bridge Funds
10County Line Road / Black Forest Road Location:County Line Road from Thunder to Black Forest Road; Black Forest Road from County Line to WalkerDescription:Safety Improvements – County Line / Black Forest intersection, drainage; add pavementFunding:Estimated $6.5M (total project); Currently approved $800,000 from Road and Bridge Funds for Right of Way Acquisition and Utility Relocation
11County Line Road Improvements Location:I-25 to Furrow RoadDescription:Safety Improvements-add shoulders, improve drainage, reconfigure horizontal and vertical profile west of Furrow Road and realign the intersection at Furrow Road and provide turn lanesFunding:Est. cost – $7M-$7.5 M / PPRTA Capital
12Baptist Rd (West) Improvements Location:I-25 to Mitchell AveDescription:Planning and alternative traffic flow analysis.Baptist Rd Widening Mitchell to I-25 and Baptist RR Xing.Evaluate appropriate improvements for the corridor, including construction of a grade separated RR crossingFunding:Study – (approx) $181K / PPRTA CapitalProject – (approx) $11M / PPRTA Capital /BRRTA/OtherThe railroad crossing west of I-25 is a safety threat as the area grows. There is only one way in and out of this neighborhood and we’ve had several days in the past couple of years when railroad work on the crossing made it difficult to get in and out of the area.
13Highway 105 Improvements Location: I-25 to SH 83 Description: Examine capacity and safety issues for the corridor and recommend improvements to address the identified issuesFunding:$300,000 / Road and Bridge (only study is funded)Project website:
14Gleneagle Enhancement Location:Gleneagle from Jesse to Wuthering Heights DriveDescription:Pedestrian safety improvementsFunding:Est. $119,000$95,000 Federal Funds$24,000 EPC Road and Bridge
15Beacon Lite Road Improvements Location:County Line Road to Wakonda WayDescription:Safety Improvements – Horizontal and vertical alignmentsCounty Line / Beacon Lite intersection and drainagePave roadFunding:Est. $2.8M TBDThis road was built decades before current standards for County Roads and modern traffic counts. Safety and drainage improvements are badly needed.
16District 1 Capital Improvement Other Project Updates
17Doewood Gate Location: Doewood Drive from Ridgeview Circle to Chisholm TrailDescription:Vacate a portion of Doewood DriveRemove gateAdd emergency vehicle and maintenance access and turnaround at both points of termination.Status:Survey Complete, Meetings to be scheduled with Fire Dept and adjacent property ownersDoewood DriveChisolmTrailGate LocationRidgeview Circle
18Northgate Boulevard Improvements Location:Struthers Drive from Gleneagle to Northgate BoulevardDescription:Shoulder and ditch erosionBuilt by Developer formed Struthers Road District BondsNo storm drain systemAs a result, regular reconstruction of the shoulder is required.Status:Shoulder/ditch line repaired to address the immediate safety hazardUltimate solution requires curb and gutter and storm drain system. This is another area where the original construction of the road did not properly account for drainage and it’s an ongoing maintenance issue for the county.
19Fox Run Regional Park Master Plan Calls for: Restroom, Parking Lot and Trail ImprovementsConstruction of Off Leash Dog ParkPublic Input Process Spring of 2012Construction in Summer of 2012Funding: $100,000 from Regional Park Fees
20Black Forest Regional Park Master Plan Updated in 2010 Identified:Needed Parking, Well, Restroom and Trail ImprovementsRequired Upgrades to SignageRequired Initiating Mistletoe Mitigation PlanFunding:$400,000 From Developer (Cathedral Pines)$200,000 From GOCO GrantScheduled Completion in Fall of 2012
21Pineries Open Space County Accepted 1070 Acres in 2007 Master Plan Completed in 2010 Requires:Five Miles of Trails with Trailhead Parking and RestroomOutdoor Classroom and Appropriate SignageCost: Est. Phase One Projects - $460,000Funding: Regional Park Fees and Grants (still needed)
23Economic Impact of Military Installations Total Impact: $5.5BFrom an economic development and jobs perspective, our five military installations contribute more than five Billion to the local economy each year so its very important that we do everything we can to help them perform their respective missions efficiently in our area – rather than look elsewhere.
26Military OutlookMilitary is dealing with $450B in cuts over the next 10 years – painful but doableThere is much concern about the “doomsday” scenario:Super Committee allows sequestration to occur (i.e. it does not come up with $1.2T in cuts over the next ten years)This automatically triggers a defense share for those cuts of about $500B more over ten years, beginning in FY13Such cuts would span across personnel, major programs, entitlements, etc.
27Military Outlook On a positive note… Army leadership is confident that the Combat Aviation Brigade is on trackThe MILCON is planned and in the FY12 budgetsReceived briefing from by MG Joe Anderson, the incoming Commanding General for the 4th Infantry Division and Ft Carson
28Veterans Cemetery Update El Paso County Kane Ranch is Preferred Site by the Veterans AdministrationFountain Has Adequate Water for the Site But VA Funds Cannot be Used to Build the Required Pipeline Estimated at $1.2 MillionStakeholders Including El Paso County, El Pomar and Others Working on SolutionOutlook is PositiveThe City of Fountain may be able to provide some funding through cost recovery as water is used and a developer in the area may participate because the pipeline could also serve future growth.
30Understanding the County Budget 2012 Budgeted Revenues $235.7M Less: Restricted Funding Sources ($100.1M) Less: Legally Restricted Uses ($ 48.9M) Revenues Within BoCC Discretion $ 86.7M Only 36% of the 2012 Budget is within BoCC discretion
31Examples of Restricted Funding Enterprise Zone Contributions by Private Citizens to Non-ProfitsFees Paid by Trash Haulers to Offset Disposal of Household Hazardous WasteLotto Funds Restricted for ParksDeveloper Fees for Specific Transportation Needs*These cannot be used to offset jail inmate food and medical costs and other required services.
35How Did We Offset the Decreasing Discretionary Revenue? 2006 – 2009 Historical Budget Reductions (in Millions)
362012 Fiscal Outlook Proactive Financial Strategies
37Proactive Financial Strategies “Turning Point”Operational SustainabilityIn 2009, County achieved operational sustainabilityStopped using one-time funding sources to address on-going operational needsProjected budget shortfall for 2012 due to current market conditions and Property Tax RevenuesEstablished savings strategyConservative Revenue EstimatesFrozen Positions not filledIncorporated expenditure restrictions
38Proactive Financial Strategies Historic Percentage Held In Reserves Good Economic Times
39Proactive Financial Strategies Breakdown of 39% Operational Reserve
40Proactive Financial Strategies 2010 Strategic Moves ProjectWith the increasing cost of failing infrastructureBacklog of $385MCounty created the “Strategic Moves” projectUsing only available restricted revenue sourcesUtilizing One-time market opportunitiesAddressed 52% of Critical Capital Needs ($199M)Currently working on a new critical capital needs master plan
41Proactive Financial Strategies County Bond Rating Improved in 2010Aa2“County’s strong credit characteristics...historically well-maintained financial operations with healthy fund balances...” Moody’s“Moody’s expects that the County’s financial position will remain healthy, given conservative budgeting practices and consistently improving financial results....”- Moody’s
42Proactive Financial Strategies County Bond Rating improved in 2010“El Paso County’s financial performance and reserve level position continue to be in our opinion, very strong..” Standard & Poor’s“Standard & Poor’s deems El Paso County’s management practices “good” under its Financial Management Assessment methodology ....” Standard & Poor’s
44Current Financial Condition From a Financial Perspective, we are doing everything we should and more!Conservative in our spendingFiscally responsible with taxpayers dollarsLiving within our meansAddressed over 50% of our Major Capital Needs without any increase in taxpayer dollarsProactively established an Operational Savings to weather the storm in
45Current Financial Condition During the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, we have actually been able to improve our financial situationBut at what cost?
46Current Financial Condition Operating Budgets:Are at the operational level they were in 1996:No “Across the Board” operational increases since 1996 as:Cost Drivers (Price Index) increased 38.7%Service Drivers (Population) increased 30.1%
47Current Financial Condition Personnel Budgets:eliminated 195 positions and froze 100 positionsFederal Cost of Living (COLA)National Increases were 21.7%El Paso County only provided 5.0%High Turnover RatesOn average, employers have 5% turnover, El Paso County has 22% turnoverIndustry studies show it costs an additional 49% of that position’s salary each time a turnover occurs in training
48Average Salaries (in thousands) Provided by Support Services - EBMSThis means County employees are paid on average 34% less than our competitors
49Number of Full-Time Employees vs. Population Growth
50Citizens Served Per Employee This means on average, County Employee’s workload has increased 20%
512012 Fiscal Outlook In Summary El Paso County is a fiscally responsible, strong, sustainable organizationHowever, the County still has $48.5M of Critical Needs both on-going and one-timeNow that the County has built operational savings, the responsible and appropriate thing to do is to start addressing those Critical Needs
53Citizen Engagement Survey Online public input surveyConducted in the summer 20111,300 respondents
54Citizen Engagement Survey Quality of Life IssuesExcellentGoodFairPoorNot SureEl Paso County as a place to live33%52%13%2%0%El Paso County as a place to raise children30%48%14%3%5%Overall quality of life in El Paso County27%55%15%El Paso County as a place to retire28%43%17%7%
55Citizen Engagement Survey County StatementsStrongly AgreeAgreeDisagreeStrongly DisagreeNot SureI receive good value for my County taxes11%51%20%5%13%I understand how County funding is allocated and services I receive8%40%27%7%18%I am pleased with the overall direction of the County41%31%9%14%The County listens to its citizens33%29%22%
56Citizen Engagement Survey Funding / EfficiencyStrongly AgreeAgreeDisagreeStrongly DisagreeNot SureI support the expansion of shared city / county services44%39%6%5%I support a minor increase in my property taxes to enhance County services28%24%23%20%I support a minor increase in sales tax to support enhanced County services30%18%19%
57Citizen Engagement Survey Top Five Community IssuesEmployment OpportunitiesDrugs / Alcohol AbuseQuality of Road SystemCrimeChild Abuse
58Citizen Engagement Survey Top Five Most Used County ServicesVisited a County ParkUtilized the County WebsiteVoted in El Paso CountyRegistered a Motor VehicleVisited a County Nature Center
59Citizen Engagement Survey Top Five County Priorities*Fire Protection ServicesRoad MaintenanceCrime Investigation ServicesEmergency Management ServicesPublic Safety Efforts(*If additional funding is available)
60Redistricting and Realignment Congressional DistrictsState LawmakersBoard of County Commissioners
61Congressional Reapportionment The Colorado General Assembly Is to Draft a New Congressional District Map After the CensusBut They Couldn’t Reach an AgreementTwo Lawsuits Are Pending in Denver District CourtThe Court Will Determine a Map and a Ruling is Expected in December of 2011
62General Assembly Redistricting Appointed Bipartisan Panel Takes Public Comment and Drafts Initial mapThe Committee Seeks Public Comments On The PlanA Final Plan is Drafted After The Comments and is Submitted for Approval to the Colorado Supreme CourtThe Colorado Supreme Court Has Until December 14, 2011 to Rule
63RedistrictingOnce redistricting and reapportionment are approved by the Courts new boundaries and precinct lines are drawn (in December)Total number of precincts will be reducedFewer polling places and fewer election judges are needed as more citizens choose mail in ballots.
64Redistricting Continued Clerk and Recorder plans to renumber precincts by School District Boundaries as follows:0-199 Colorado Springs D-11200s Academy District 20300s Lewis Palmer D-38400s Falcon D-49500s Eastern Plains School Districts600s Harrison D-2 & Widefield D-3700s Cheyenne Mtn. D-12 and Manitou D-14800s Fountain-Fort Carson 8 and Hanover 28900s Special (e.g. overseas)
65Impacts of Redistricting County Clerk Wayne Williams is currently named as a plaintiff in the Congressional Redistricting lawsuitWe are fighting to keep El Paso wholeOur five military bases give us a valuable position on the Armed Services CommitteeWe also hope because of our large population that we will have 8 State House Districts completely within the boundaries of El Paso County
66County Commissioner Realignment Done every two years by the County ClerkPopulation Must Remain BalancedOpen and Public Process With a 30 day Comment PeriodRelatively Minor Adjustments Were MadeApproved Unanimously by the BoCC