The first of two public Hearings on the FY23 budget plan will take place at Wednesday’s Tallahassee City Commission meeting. During that meeting, elected officials will consider $1.82 million in new funding for community priorities in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23).
The agenda item notes that “based on public input received throughout the FY23 Budget Development process, the City Commission directed staff to include new funding to address a variety of different needs throughout the community.”
The projects set to receive additional funding are listed below:
- Gun Violence Prevention – This funding will address gun violence prevention by engaging community partners and exploring a variety of proven measures.
- Amount: $1,000,000 (5-year funding for a total of $5 million)
- Tallahassee Emergency Assessment Mobile (TEAM) Unit program – An additional $200,000 of funding would allow the program to expand the program, increasing the daily response coverage.
- Amount: $200,000
- Council on the Status of Men and Boys – Startup funding will cover operating costs, with additional funding provided by the Leon County Sheriff, Leon County School Board, and Leon County.
- Amount: $140,000
- Community Beautification – This reflects an increase in service contracts approved last year due to minimum wage changes and increased demand for services, and will avoid a reduction in services.
- Amount: $266,000
- Commission on the Status of Women and Girls – Additional funding will provide a full-time executive director for the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls and one part-time administrative support staff.
- Amount: $48,750
- John G. Riley Center – Additional funding will provide one new position to support the John G. Riley Center in FY23. The curator position is currently funded by the Riley Foundation through the end of FY22 and will be fully funded by the City in the General Fund beginning in FY23.
- Amount: $65,700
- Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) – Final startup funding, along with Leon County contributions will create a multi-level virtual outreach and training program focused on how the private sector can recognize, respond to, and prevent human trafficking.
- Amount: $30,000
- Animal Services – Three new full-time positions: one full-time Animal Service Specialist position and converting two existing Veterinary Technician positions from OPS to full-time.
- Amount: $69,137
According to the agenda, staff is preparing an item for the September 21 City Commission meeting that will provide analysis and options for utilization of the $1 million of new funding for gun violence prevention measures in FY23.
The final approval of the FY23 budget will be considered at a second public hearing scheduled for September 21, 2022.