DeKalb’s failure to fund capital projects looks familiar

Mulling over our current the lack of funding of capital projects and fleet needs, I ended up deciding to contrast the spending from three different time periods, as expressed by transfers (or in the case of 2018, expected transfers) out of the General Fund into the Capital Projects and Fleet funds. I’ve also placed rough estimates of average numbers of employees using full-time equivalents (FTEs).

Time period: fiscal years 2007 through 2010
Transfers to Capital Projects and Fleet: $521,500
Average number of city employees: 241

Time period: fiscal 2012 through 2014
Transfers to Capital Projects and Fleet: $1,768,191
Average number of city employees: 205

Time period: fiscal years 2015 through 2018
Transfers to Capital Projects and Fleet: $522,803
Average number of city employees: 230

Clearly, we’ve been here before — riding the edge of the cliff, I mean.