City Council Questions

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The list below shows the City Council's questions and requests for further information to staff about certain areas of the ​budget. ​Some questions do not have answers available at this time, and therefore will show, "In Progress". Please check back every Monday for updates. ​​​​​​​

Date Submitted: March 22, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Tower

What does hold harmless mean in regard to the “Hold Harmless Dedication” in the School Funding Formula?
Date Submitted: March 22, 2022
Schools
Councilmember Moss

Is the $22 million in estimated over realized General Fund revenue in FY 2021- 22 appropriated as an expenditure in FY 2022-23 to Virginia Beach City Public Schools?
Date Submitted: March 22, 2022
Schools
Councilmember Moss

Can Council receive an itemized list of the grant funded items?
Date Submitted: March 22, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

What is the revenue neutral Real Estate Tax Rate?
Date Submitted: March 22, 2022
Planning
Councilmember Moss

In regards to the Planning and Inspection Fee increases, What is the allocation between current backlog, which infers we have a data set and an algorithm for transferring that data into a labor requirement and associated cost and technology?
Date Submitted: March 22, 2022
Planning
Councilmember Moss
Status: In Progress

In regards to the Planning and Inspection Fee increases, What alternatives were considered in working down the backlog?
Date Submitted: March 22, 2022
Schools
Councilmember Moss

What is the value added by accelerating the schools buildings by a year?
Date Submitted: March 23, 2022
Human Resources
Councilmember Moss

What is current authorized FTEs and what current on-board count as of 31 March 2022 by department?
Date Submitted: March 23, 2022
Human Resources
Councilmember Moss

What was the total FTE pay periods appropriated versus sum of on-board count each pay period through the last period ending in the month of March?
Date Submitted: March 23, 2022
Human Resources
Councilmember Moss

Using a pay period moving average through the last pay period in March, what is the annualized expected sum on-board count for the total of 26 appropriated pay periods?
Date Submitted: March 23, 2022
Human Resources
Councilmember Moss

What is the average, median, and standard deviation from the time a position is posted until it is filled?
Date Submitted: March 23, 2022
Human Resources
Councilmember Moss

For a new position what is average time to get the position description written, classified and posted for recruitment?
Date Submitted: March 24, 2022
Schools
Councilmember Moss

If the City Council were to reverse all but the $10.1 maybe, $10.4 million from the state (part of the $54.9 million reversion funds) and the enterprise athletic fund and restored the school’s CIP construction schedule and funding profiles pre-adoption by Council of the School Board’s $54.9 million of the School’s Board, how much funding is released from the School Board’s budget request and where (providing a strike through of what is requested and in red) what the revised funding profile and schedule would look like versus what is in the Manager’s recommendation?
Date Submitted: March 24, 2022
Schools
Councilmember Moss

How much is the School Board estimated to under execute their current budget year appropriation by the standard categories? The last estimate was $17 million.  whatever the current estimate may be, where is it captured in the budget recommendation of the manager?
Date Submitted: March 24, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Rouse

How are neighboring localities, school divisions, the state, and private sector businesses proposing or implementing compensation enhancements in the upcoming fiscal year?
Date Submitted: March 24, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

What is the budget neutral real estate tax rate funding profile for the Towne Center TIF compared to the baseline in the Five-Year forecast before and after the application of Five-Year forecast assessment increase of 3.8 percent?
Date Submitted: March 24, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

What was taxable property assessment value profile in the Five-Year forecast versus an update application of the former with FY22-23 value updated for the  Real Estate  Assessor’s proposed July 1, 2022 book value with the latter years updated by the appreciation rates for those years documented in the Nov 2021 Five-Year Forecast?
Date Submitted: March 24, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

Does the proposed budget harvest the additional  revenue raised by the Towne Center TIF  by the application of the  2.3 cents tax increase attributed to flood prevention and place that in the flood prevention lock box?  How much revenue is produced next year by applying that 2.3 cent increase in the real estate tax rate to the Town Center TIF?
Date Submitted: March 24, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

By department based on oral budget presentation by department and for what purpose is funding be proposed to make departments “hold”? What is the risk being retired and what is the risk if that risk were deferred ?
Date Submitted: March 24, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

What are the deltas in revenue by type of revenues between the five-year forecast and the  City Manager’s recommended budget?
Date Submitted: March 27, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

Please explain the difference between revenue raised by a penny of the real estate tax documented in the Real Assessor’s report and the amount stated in the presentation made to City Council?
Date Submitted: March 27, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

In the answer to my question on the last Financial update by the Finance Director on how much of the real estate tax revenue reported was composed by other than direct taxes paid for the current year. The answer to question from the Finance Director was in excess of $6 million (prior year taxes, penalties, and interest ) as I recall. What is the decomposition of the revenues in the proposed budget attributed to revenue line item identified as property taxes? Are collected but later rebated property taxes included in the former line item? Whether the answer is yes or no, what are property taxes that are collected and then rebated by recipient and amount?
Date Submitted: March 27, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

If cash is provided by offsets by reclaiming previously appropriated prior year budget surpluses appropriated to the School Board in January of this year to cover the $28 million bond referendum requirement, what are the rainfall effects on other line items in the budget?
Date Submitted: March 27, 2022
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

What is additional cost of just transforming educational incentive pay and longevity pay into the pay salary pay tables and just eliminating the two pays? Please itemize the elements of the financial implications.
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Moss

Show the following categories across in columns; Category of bonded debt, amount to be authorized for issuance in FY 2022-2023 budget, amount to be actually issued in FY 2022-2023 budget, the interest rate budgeted for the debt actually issued In FY 2022-2023 budget, the amount of proposed appropriation in the FY 22-23 budget, if any, to pay any principal and interest on debt issued in during the of FY 2022-2023 budget.
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Finance
Councilmember Moss

What has been the historical spread between the ten-year Treasury note interest rate on the date of a bond issuance by category of debt instrument, as examples, though not inclusive, general obligation bonds, charter bonds, etc. ? A sample size of three of each category of debt met picking a single issuance by debt category from the most recent years necessary to meet the sample size for each debt category. Realize it will not be statistically significance, but it will provide insight on interest rates used to budget debt service costs.
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Moss

Is all the charter debt (removing flood prevention bond referendum debt) that is available to be issued actually being utilized? If the answer is no, given the interest rate spread between GOB and Development Authority debt what would be life cycle interest rate savings?
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Moss

Is the estimated under execution by f the School Board of $17 million and the estimated under execution on the City side (fill in the blank) included the gross ending fund balance?
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Moss

How does using cash versus borrowing for the $28 million flood prevention bond referendum change the current percentage the ending fund balance reserve from 9 percent plus in the proposed budget?
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Moss

Over the last ten years what has been the annual percentage pay raise for U.S. military, U.S. civilians, VB school employees, City employees, private sector using the delta year over year change in the fourth quarter average private sector salaries as reported by the Virginia Employment Commission data sets (the same data used in the City’s bond prospectus?-
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Moss

How many years as the City held the premiums paid for health insurance flat? What is the dollar value of the cost change in health insurance not being passed on in the proposed budget?
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Moss

What is the incremental cost of the change in the Virginia Retirement System actuarial rate change (provide the old and new rate in the rate) in total dollars and percentage and on the average salary by pension plan?
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Finance
Councilmember Moss

What is the total dollar value of VRS catch~up payment (please include the total being paid and the percentage of the catch-up payments are of the tota) and what is the average per employee by pension plan category?
Date Submitted: March 30, 2022
Finance
Councilmember Moss

What was the unfunded pension liability for City and Schools on June 30, 2021 and forecasted for June 30, 2022, and forecasted for June 30, 2023?
Date Submitted: April 01, 2022
Budget
Councilmember

How many individuals within the City utilize the City’s Family Health Insurance Plan? Since that plan is the most expensive, what would be the cost of doing something for them to assist with the cost of that plan
Date Submitted: April 04, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Moss

In formulating the budget was any analysis done on what it would take to make the median and average family in a household income context whole for the additional $5200 year over year expenses (this is most repeated value quoted by investment houses and non-profit think tanks) they are incurring due the very inflation the recommended budget is mitigating? If yes, what was the reasoning to favor the City over families in terms of mitigation?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
Finance
Councilmember Moss

If we were to purchase a $2 million liability policy for each uniformed police officer, what the annual premium be on a group policy ?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
IT, CWA,Police
Councilmember Henley
Status: In Progress

What is the cost of the Body Worn Camera process each Fiscal Year?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
CWA
Councilmember Jones

How many vacancies are in the commonwealth attorney?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
Human Resources
Councilmember Henley

What is the Cost of implementing the $15/hr. pay increase?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
JDR
Councilmember Jones

What is the cost to supplement to the clerks?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Branch

What is the cost of doing 2.5X pay for oceanfront duty overtime for all public safety (Police, Fire, EMS, Beach Operations, Sheriff, ECCS)?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Branch

What projects and initiatives has the TIP funded projects over the past 30 years? Is there data that speaks to the impact of tourism on our economy from a jobs and dollars generated standpoint?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Branch

Since Hurricane Mathew, what has the stormwater funding sources been used to support in terms of projects, programs, and initiatives, including dollars? Without the Stormwater referendum how much stormwater has grown in propotion to the overall budget?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Branch

What happens to position vacancy savings at the end of each year?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Branch

How does the SSD for Sandbridge work and what is it used for?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Branch

Does Sandbridge retain its hotel taxes generated from hotels and STRs for Sandbridge specific uses? If so, what programs, projects, and/or initiatives is it used on?
Date Submitted: April 05, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Henley

What are the proposed thresholds for the Tax Relief for the Elderly and Disabled program and were they increased from the current year’s thresholds?
Date Submitted: April 12, 2022
Public Works
Councilmember Henley

Can we get a list of already completed stormwater projects since Hurricane Matthew?
Date Submitted: April 12, 2022
Public Works
Councilmember Branch

When will Laskin Road project be completed?
Date Submitted: April 12, 2022
Human Resources
Vice Mayor Wilson

Describe the cost of the step plan years in service versus time in grade?
Date Submitted: April 12, 2022
Budget
City Council

What is the current contract and obligation with the HR Alliance for the City of Virginia Beach going forward?
Date Submitted: April 19, 2022
Resort Management
Councilmember Branch

What special events are budgeted to receive contributions from the City in FY 2022-23? What is the amount budgeted for each event?
Date Submitted: April 19, 2022
Budget
Vice Mayor Wilson

How much funding has the City provided the ViBe in the last two Fiscal Years?
Date Submitted: April 22, 2022
Budget
Vice Mayor Wilson

Which Recreation Center renovation projects are included in the six-year CIP?
Date Submitted: April 21, 2022
Parks and Recreation
Councilmember Wooten

What is the framework of step plans being implemented in other localities?
Date Submitted: April 21, 2022
Human Resources
Vice Mayor Wilson

What is the cost to implement a citywide $15/hr minimum wage?
Date Submitted: April 21, 2022
Human Resources
Councilmember Moss

What was the original purpose and expectations of the Market Salary Survey study?
Date Submitted: April 26, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Henley

What is the number of individuals that are disqualified for tax relief because of the $350,000 net worth limit? What are the threshold limits imposed by the state?
Date Submitted: April 22, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Tower

What is a comparative analysis of relief offered by surrounding localities?
Date Submitted: April 22, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Henley

What is the open space dedication?
Date Submitted: April 26, 2022
Coastal CIP
Councilmember Branch

Does the city get Federal money for the sea wall still?
Date Submitted: April 26, 2022
Budget
Councilmember Henley

What is the history of Recreation Center funding?
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