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 01, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

When will City Council have a copy of the Schools' budget?
Date Submitted: March 01, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

What is the Schools' long term sustainability plan to provide a 5% pay raise?
Date Submitted: March 01, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

What is the Schools' FY 21 fund balance for reversion?
Date Submitted: March 01, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

Please break out the budget request this year and their current budget by the categories that Council has the discretion to appropriate the School Board's budget.
Date Submitted: March 01, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

How many VBCPS FTEs are totally local funded (not covered by SOQ)? 
Date Submitted: March 01, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

What are the employer and employee contributions toward the 2022 health premiums?
Date Submitted: March 09, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

Breakdown by elements of the school funding formula showing the amount by element and the total.
Date Submitted: March 18, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Abbott

What are the total number of city-wide vacancies?
Date Submitted: March 19, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Abbott

What is the effective tax rate?
Date Submitted: March 21, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

When will we learn what the estimated subject federal school dollars?
Date Submitted: March 23, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

Please provide a calculation of the real estate per penny amount.
Date Submitted: March 23, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Rouse

How much would a 4% pay increase cost?
Date Submitted: March 23, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Wilson

Is the Patriotic Festival included in the budget?
Date Submitted: March 23, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Henley

Do you have a one page summary of the budget?
Date Submitted: March 23, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Rouse

Can you provide what personal property tax relief would look like?
Date Submitted: March 20, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

I would like to get the attached Excel Spreadsheet populated to assist in alternative formulation.
Date Submitted: March 26, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

I am requesting that you provide a table that shows the revenue generation assumptions that went into the Five Year Forecast provided to City Council in November 2020, all those assumptions were updated, if updated, for revenue sources relied upon in your budget formulation, and the impact of the direct non-taxable cash payments being made to qualifying Beach households, as well as GDP growth of four and six percent. The economists at the Dragas Center and HRPDC as well as Congressional Budget Office and financial investment houses are sources available, as well as the sources you used to present the Five-Year Forecast and its refinements for your budget submissions.
Date Submitted: March 29, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

On page 28 of the Executive Summary identifies the City median value of a home at $254,000 in 2021 and $267,000 whereas on page 45 you identify the median single family in 2020 was $302,300. I recognize the definition of a home on page 28 is broader than on page 45, but do permit comparative analysis a consistent definition of home should be used or better to show the decomposition by type.  The single-family homeowner is going to look at the numbers on page 28 and throw the cow chip flag.  In fact, a few already have.  I like using medians; in this case on both page median by home type would be more transparent and conveyed more credibility to our messaging.
Date Submitted: March 28, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

Page 45 what average weekly wage is this? Is the weekly wage data from the VEC quarterly report? There are no footnotes for the sources of the data. Is the average private sector weekly wage of folks employed in Virginia Beach independent of where they live? Is it the 52-week average for 2020? This is case where the median should also be provided as the median will reveal how a minority of workers making higher weekly wages skew the average to the right. The average masks the large number of much lower paying jobs. The budget is the place for showing all our cards faceup and not glossing over the underlying reality.
Date Submitted: March 28, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

On page 46, take a second look at the top two rows in the table for the 2018 and 2019, I am pretty sure 49.3% going to 29.4% and 29.4% going to 49.3% is in error.
Date Submitted: March 28, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

Page 41 states that in 2019 17.8 percent of residents used alternative forms of transportation for commuting. However, on page 73 the percent of people using public transit is 0.9 percent and 82.2 percent drive alone. 82.2% plus 17.8% sums to 100% and on the surface that sounds good until you read on page 47 work from home and thus do not commute and 7.2% carpool. I think a footnote is needed on page 41 to define what constitutes an alternative form of commuting and working from home, in my judgment is not an alternative in the context of the table, in my opinion.
Date Submitted: March 28, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

Please provide the number of children on free lunch, reduced lunch and then sum by raw numbers and percentages total enrollment by school category
Date Submitted: March 28, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

On page 31 of the Executive Summary in the Table entitled FT 2021-FY2022 Operating Budget Total Estimated Revenues the sum of the estimated revenues from property tax equals $643,611,158 that would come to a penny of real estate tax rate equals $6.436 million that is far cry from $6.2. How is it we are using one number in the budget document another number in the Executive Summary that is represented as a summary of revenue? If we can use the total property tax revenues on page 31 to communicate to the City Council and to the public then we should be able to use that figure in our revenue offset calculations. The real estate revenue number of $643,611,158 referenced earlier on page 28 is repeated again on page 58.
Date Submitted: March 26, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

18a. What impact does the School’s requested use of $69 million have in the City’s Debt metrics? 18b. Why was the School’s CIP included in your proposed budget? 18c. Why was this information not shared as a part of the discussion at the retreat? 18d. What is your assessment of granting School’s the requested borrowing capacity increase?
Date Submitted: March 30, 2021
Information Technology
Councilmember Wood

How much funding is needed to fully fund the Oceanfront Camera Project?
Date Submitted: March 31, 2021
Police, Fire, EMS
Councilmember Wood

Please provide the annual turnover for departments of police, fire and EMS for the last three years. Please include year to date data as well as reasons for separation from the department. Please show the impact on staffing (i.e., number of staffed positions vs authorized strength).
Date Submitted: April 01, 2021
Human Resources
Councilmember Wood

Please advise what each percentage increase in salary for the following: sworn police officers, sworn firefighters, sworn sheriff deputies, sworn EMS personnel
Date Submitted: April 01, 2021
Human Resources
Councilmember Wood

Provide the impact of a structural adjustment for each of these positions? For example, if each position were to move up 5% in the pay plan.
Date Submitted: March 30, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

What is the cost of the debt service for the additional bonds programmed by VBCPS?
Date Submitted: April 01, 2021
Human Resources
Councilmember Moss

Please provide a list of all benefits provided or paid to police officers. Please provide a list of potential supplements to salary based on assignment (for example, FTO pay, flight pay, etc.). Please provide the same information for sheriff's deputies.
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Wooten

Is there a way that I can obtain information regarding how funding was allocated in previous budgets in the Centerville District? I would like to go back at least 10-14 years if possible. I know this may be an odd request. However, I would like to know why no money was ever allocated for the Centerville District Recreation Center. Furthermore, if money was not allocated for this purpose what was allocated in the budget for the Centerville District during this period of time.
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Commonwealth's Attorney
Councilmember Tower

Are you aware that other cities in Virginia, not as large as Virginia Beach, have supplemented public defender pay?
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Police
Councilmember Wood

How many people do you think will move through the cadet program?
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Information Technology
Councilmember Wood

Is the electronic reporting piece included in your budget?
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Police
Councilmember Wood

Is there an issue with the ocean preventing the shot detecting technology from functioning correctly?
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Police
Councilmember Wilson

Are there things on this list of technology projects that aren’t funded?
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Police
Councilmember Henley

Where are other potential hotspots for gunshot detection? And where else should we potentially deploy the gunshot detection system? 
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Police
Councilmember Tower

How many retired police officers are there in Virginia Beach to augment the police force? Could private security be used? 
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Police
Councilmember Tower

Were there enough officers at the oceanfront given the predication of warm weather and other factors? 
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Information Technology
Councilmember Moss

Where are we with the implementation of e-ticketing? Where is that in terms of completion?
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Police
Councilmember Moss

What is our governance policy for license plate reading technology? How long the data is retained and other what conditions can people subpoena for other purposes?
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Information Technology
Councilmember Moss

What are alternative offsets to fund security projects not included in the Proposed CIP?
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Information Technology
Councilmember Tower

How much was the park Wi-Fi request and which parks were included? What other competitors offer Wi-Fi at sport complexes?
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Police
Councilmember Moss

In reference to hiring incentives for consideration, what are the specific compensation asks and costs associated with those? (slide 9 of police presentation)
Date Submitted: April 06, 2021
Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
Councilmember Wooten

How can we better our relationship with your department?
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
EMS and Fire
Councilmember Moss

What is the number of qualified applicants and number of highly qualified candidates per paid EMS and fire fighter applicants?
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
EMS and Fire
Councilmember Moss

What is the actual capacity of the school (fire academy) versus the capacity being used to meet attrition and volunteers?
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Police
Councilmember Moss

What is the number of qualified applicants and number of highly qualified candidates per Police applicants? What is the actual capacity of the police academy versus the capacity being used to meet attrition and volunteers.
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Police
Councilmember Moss

How many recruits have we hired that did not possess a college degree? Each class of recruits for the last three years.
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Police
Councilmember Moss

What is the distribution of current on-board who just have a (highest educational attainment); high school degree, some college, two year associates, four year degree, master degree, PhD, multiple BAs/BSs without a master, multiple masters without a PhD?
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Police
Councilmember Moss

Breakout in terms of veterans and non-veterans
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Police
Councilmember Moss

To meet the bonafide occupational qualification legal requirement, what is that educational degree requirement, if any, for a recruit, MPO, sergeant, and Lieutenant?
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Police
Councilmember Moss

How many police officers in the last five years have left to become firefighters with us and then with other cities?
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Police
Councilmember Moss

How many people have joined the police force in the last five years from our fire department and then other fire departments?
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Sheriff's Office
Councilmember Moss

How many Sheriff deputies have left in the last five years to become firefighters or police officers with us and then other cities?
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

What is the reserve before the Vice Mayor’s proposal? What is the reserve after? Is the amount being allocated have an impact on the ending fund balance that is proposed to be applied in the proposed budget?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Rouse

What would it take to fund an independent review panel with investigative authority and subpoena power?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Mayor Dyer

Comprehensive cost estimate of Vice Mayor Wood's public safety proposal.
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Rouse

Please provide the cost estimate for 4, 4.5, and 5% compensation increase.
Date Submitted: April 13, 2021
Planning
Councilmember Moss

Explain the $1.5M HRT cost increase. What would be the offset that we would need to make that revenue neutral? What is the offset of eliminating lower ridership routes? What is the cost of farebox revenue to make ridership free?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Utilities
Councilmember Moss

Please provide a breakdown of the $8.4M of Utilities relief. Separation of local funding and CARES Act.
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

Did you include any remaining pandemic utilities relief in the fund balance calculation?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Utilities
Councilmember Moss

What is the annual depreciation of your physical plant?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Utilities
Councilmember Abbott

Is there typically a payment plan set-up so that the water could be turned on immediately or does the full balance have to be settled first? Is that repayment plan based on the balance or their ability to pay? For those on payment plans, do they have to show the inability to pay to receive the plan?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Utilities
Councilmember Abbott

What is the highest utility bill in default?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Henley

What is the recycling at Sandbridge? Is it coming off the beach? Please verify with the City Attorney's Office that it is consistent with the Sandbridge SSD ordinance.
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Moss

We're doing the private sector BMP inspections every 5 years? Should we inspect public ones at the same pace? What is the percent of privately held vs publicly held BMPs? What is the cost to inspect the private sector annually?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Moss

Who asked for the Sandbridge recycling program?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Moss

Would this position be a grant status in case the SSD went away?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Berlucchi

Would you mind sharing what the existing Stormwater maintenance teams look like currently?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Information Technology
Councilmember Moss

What are we doing to reduce our IT vulnerability to our third party providers?
Date Submitted: April 15, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Wooten

Can you please provide information on how each recreation center was funded and the year they were funded?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Wooten

Can you please tell me if the Special Pandemic Relief and Vaccine Support Reserve will cover the emerging need of a budget for the Citizen Review Panel? If not, do you have any suggestions for funding options for the CRP?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

When the Parks & Recreation Referendum Tax was reduced, was this part of Citywide rate reductions or was the money retained and reallocated for other City operations?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

Was maintenance impacted as a result of delaying the ERU increase in FY 22?
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Public Works, Roadways CIP
Councilmember Moss

Do we anticipate economic damages to residents / business from the Holland Road project? (slides 21 and 22)
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Public Works, Roadways CIP
Councilmember Moss

Are we focusing on which projects make us the most competitive and encourage high paying jobs? Are we maximizing our CIP revenue?
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Parks and Recreation CIP
Councilmember Moss

What is the long-term use/plan to make Three Oaks Elementary Multi-Use Path project an asset, not a liability?
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Parks and Recreation
Councilmember Abbott

Are you taking funding from a different CIP or will you have to come back to Council for additional funding to Violet Bank?
Date Submitted: April 28, 2021
Roadways CIP
Councilmember Wooten

What road projects are not being funded in the Centerville District?
Date Submitted: April 28, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Wooten

What is the status of CIP 100233, Landfill #2 Phase 1 Capping? Is this project being funded?
Date Submitted: April 28, 2021
Parks and Recreation
Councilmember Wooten

What is the status of CIP 100402, Stumpy Lake Golf Course? Is this project being funded?
Date Submitted: April 28, 2021
Public Works/Public Utilities
Councilmember Wooten

What is the status of CIP 100341, 100216, 100238, 100215, 100525, and 100126? Are these projects being funded?
Date Submitted: April 28, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Wooten

Are there any Centerville District road projects, water utility, sewer utility or stormwater projects that are not being funded in this budget cycle? If so, why not?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Utilities
Councilmember Moss

Do you have the number of accounts the moratorium covers? When does it expire? What standard will we be using to turn the water back on?
Date Submitted: April 14, 2021
Public Utilities
Councilmember Moss

What would it look like to switch from a flat fee to billing by usage?
Date Submitted: April 18, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

Can you provide a line item breakdown of the School's action on April 13th?
Date Submitted: April 19, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

A) Please provide a definition of the current universe of beach school age children and then showing the enrollment at VB public schools, other public schools, private school, home school, and home school claiming religious exemption over the past five years. B) How many students attend beach schools that do not reside in Virginia Beach? C) What is the number of students estimated to graduate this summer versus the number estimated to enter 9th grade next year? D) What is the number of students estimated to enter sixth grade next year? E) What is the number of students estimated to start kindergarten next year? F) Provide a graphic by year of age starting with 1 year old through 18 years old the current population in each year based on most current data G) Provide the number of special education students enrolled pre-kindergarten and post 12th grade through age 22? Is the trend stable, rising, or declining? H) When you control for special education (including gifted programs), academies, and other special offerings, Green Run Charter School, what are we investing on average on students not enrolled in one of the aforementioned categories? I) How many students enrolled in free lunch? How many students enrolled in reduced lunch? Are the raw numbers and percentages stable, rising, or declining respectively? J) How many students enrolled last year did not re-enroll this year but are documented as enrolled in private school, state virtual programs, or home school? K) What is the estimated number of students that will return in the fall, along with how the estimate was computed? L) Can we get by school the current designed capacity versus enrollment?
Date Submitted: April 19, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

What was our pre-COVID normal participation, our COVID participation, and is there a working estimate for participation during the next school year?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Budget and Management Services
Councilmember Moss

Have you had any discussions with HRPDC about what the infusion of federal cash means for the predicted impact on sales tax revenue for the rest of the fiscal year? What is the General Sales revenue for March for the past four years?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

For the vacancies we have, what are the issues with recruiting?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

Are we gaining, losing, or keeping up with the market share of education? How many homeschooling, private, religious exemption, etc.? Are we adjusting the future operational needs to adjust for this trend?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

How will the Schools absorb a further reduction of real estate revenue?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Schools
Councilmember Moss

Did Schools reimburse themselves for current year expenditures through the use of CARES funding, creating capacity in their operating budget? Will the American Rescue Plan have the same opportunity?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Virginia Aquarium
Councilmember Berlucchi

Why is there a sharing formula with the foundation? What is its impact?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Sheriff's Office
Councilmember Moss

Request for vacancy information from the Sheriff's Office similar to what was requested from Police.
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Henley

What is the list of regulatory projects in the Southern Watershed?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Moss

MS4 permit measurables. What do we have to do, what have we done, what's the remaining need?
Date Submitted: April 20, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Moss

What have we gotten for what we've spent/will spend on flood control and operations?
Date Submitted: April 23, 2021
Human Resources
Councilmember Wooten

Please provide a list of supervisors in the departments (Public Works/Public Utilities) promoted or installed in the last year and their level of education and experience related to the job.
Date Submitted: April 23, 2021
Human Resources
Councilmember Wooten

Can you please provide data regarding raises for these departments (public Works/Public Utilities) for the last 10 years?
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Parks and Recreation
Councilmember Henley

Do we have a cost estimate for Wi-Fi in parks and a recommendation?
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Public Works/Public Utilities
Councilmember Wooten

Can you please provide information on the level of hazard that Public Works and Public Utilities individuals encounter on a daily basis, especially during COVID-19?
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Public Works/Public Utilities
Councilmember Wooten

Staff members are concerned with the process for overtime. They state that overtime is not readily available. When overtime is available it is only provided sparingly and when it benefits the supervisors. What is the policy for overtime?
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Public Works/Public Utilities
Councilmember Wooten

Can you please share the details of the incident when a man fell down a man hole and was significantly hurt? How did the City, department handle this matter?
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Public Works/Public Utilities
Councilmember Wooten

Staff states that an employee was forced to dig a significantly deep hole by hand instead of using the automatic equipment on hand that was designed to handle this job. Is this true? Why did this happen?
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Public Works
Councilmember Moss

Provide the square footage cost of buildings 1, 2, and 11 compared to city hall
Date Submitted: April 27, 2021
Public Works, Roadways CIP
Councilmember Moss

What impact does the Davis Bacon act have?
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