DeKalb’s HR budget is out of control, and now they want to make it even worse

DeKalb’s Human Resources budget growth by fiscal year (rounded): 2014: $164,000 (actual) 2015: $184,000 (actual) 2016: $254,000 (actual) 2017: $456,000 (projected) In FY14, there was one full-time director and one part-timer in HR. Before that, there were some difficult years where HR had only one director, and the assistant city manager helped fill the gaps … Continue reading DeKalb’s HR budget is out of control, and now they want to make it even worse

Pension Plan Membership as a Factor in Jump of Net Pension Liability

DeKalb’s latest Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) is out. It covers Fiscal Year 2016, which ended June 30, 2016. The big news is the net pension liability. Public safety expenses related to the operations of both the Police Department and Fire Department accounted for the largest share of expenses at $33,400,660 or 50.1% of the … Continue reading Pension Plan Membership as a Factor in Jump of Net Pension Liability

DeKalb’s $10 Million Budget Hole

I’ve had a preliminary look at DeKalb’s FY17 budget. The proposed operations (General Fund) budget, which begins in January, has $2.8 million in additional spending for personnel alone when compared to the FY16 budget that ended June 30. (I am ignoring the current six-month “FY16.5” budget at this time.) Biggest jumps: $743,000 more in regular … Continue reading DeKalb’s $10 Million Budget Hole

This is Why Your DeKalb City Property Taxes Have Gone Up So Much

People have been asking me why their city property taxes went up sharply this year. While much of it has to do with your assessment, of course, here’s the rest of the story. [table id=95 /] Until recently, City of DeKalb levied property taxes for pensions and FICA only. I went back as far as … Continue reading This is Why Your DeKalb City Property Taxes Have Gone Up So Much

DeKalb Park District Position on Consolidation with City of DeKalb

FACT: Sometime last month, DeKalb Mayor John Rey approached Phil Young, who is the president of the DeKalb Park District, about the possibility of consolidating the two units of government. As you may already know, local government consolidation is a hot topic at the state level and a project of our lieutenant governor, Evelyn Sanguinetti, … Continue reading DeKalb Park District Position on Consolidation with City of DeKalb

One Step Closer to the Edge

Look at that nice, wide gap between General Fund revenues and expenditures during FY2011 and FY2012. [easychart type=”line” width=”430″ title=”GF Revenues and Expenditures Net of Transfers” groupnames=”Revenues in Millions, Expenditures in Millions” valuenames=”’11,’12, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16” group1values=”29.2,29.1,28.9,30.7,32.7,33.3″ group2values=”27.2,27.3,27.9,29.1,31.5,32.9″ minaxis=”27.1″] (All figures are actual as reported in annual city budgets, except FY2015 numbers are the … Continue reading One Step Closer to the Edge

DeKalb’s Working Hard to Offset/Hide Increases in Personnel Expenses

During the Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, city staff will present a report showing all of the estimated annual savings they’ve achieved for the FY16 budget and beyond. Some of these cuts — in health care plans, comp time policy, and efficiency through technology in particular — do appear to be real. Bravo, City … Continue reading DeKalb’s Working Hard to Offset/Hide Increases in Personnel Expenses