Period 4

Welcome, citizens of our city.  We have some choices to make.  We also need some background to know the options available to us.

Instead of sending money to sectors when they ask for the money (and not knowing how that money is being spent), what would happen if we embrace transparency?  Input from people who are NOT in our sector may provide a new way of looking at something.

Do you remember the anecdote about the big-rig truck that got stuck in a tunnel (the truck was 10 feet tall and the tunnel was 9 feet 10 inches (and the dyslexic driver read 10 feet 9 inches).  Firefighters and mechanics thought about removing parts of the truck and towing the truck out... they were about to cut the truck when a girl walked up, looked at the situation and asked, "What if you let air out of the tires?"

We need that outside viewpoint.  Let's look below to learn how each sector uses their money.

Draft Minutes from the City Council meeting on Tuesday 25 October
LAND:  One person suggested selling ALL 35% of the land to give Session 5 the maximum flexibility.   The other three wanted to keept some land in reserve.  DECISION:  Sell 25%, leave 10% for Session 5 to sell (with a recommendation to sell ALL 10%).

LIBRARY:  We know that online libraries are the future.  HOWEVER, what about the digital "have-nots"?  We could build the BIG library (the expensive second option) if we have enough money.
IF Social Services can meet its goal of "7" (100%) in its SERVICE AND TRAINING for Public Health, AND there is enough money left over, then Social Services will support the "NEW LIBRARY" option.   If there is not enough money for the new Library, then we need to switch to the first option.

THE CHOICE that the City Council wants to ask the community is this:
a)  do we want a world class university and so-so helath?
b) do we want a good university and MAXIMUM public health and safety?


This is the reason why Community services and Education have both given up 4% of our budgets so that Social Services can move to 40% of the town's budget.

BEFORE 
Education  from 44  >>>>>  40
Community from 22  >>>>>  18
Social from 31 >>>>>> 40

AFTER
Community 18%
Social   40%
Education 40%
Economic Developt 2%

CAN WE PLEASE HAVE SOME FEEDBACK FROM THE CITIZENS?

We will code in the results on Thursday at 11 pm.

We, the city council of Period 4, asked ourselves
a)  Do we want to make the decisions that will impact our city for the next session or the next three sessions?
(We answered, "The next three sessions")
b)  Do we want to make this decision just among 4 people or do we want to invite input from all of the city?
(We answered, "We want to hear the opinions of all citizens")

You are invited to call 954 646 8246 or send email to EDDSteve@gmail.com or post your suggestions 
Whatever you say will be posted on the DISCUSSION portion for City Council for all to read.   Your input is valued, dear citizens.  Please participate.

The viewpoints of citizens who write to us or call us will help the City Council make its final decision.




Let's answer 4 sections.
(1) This is what each portion costs
(2) This is what we can do with our money
(3) These are the choices we feel we have to make.  
(4) This is the amount of money that we think we need.


EDUCATION >>>>
(1) This is what each portion costs
Prof Devt =  901,000              Elem Teacher   58,800    

Quality of K Ed  =  180,000           High School teacher    61,270
per level

Continuing ED =    8000            Infrastructure   Elem = 5000
per level                                                              High =  5000

HIGHER EDUCATION budget
increasing 1% of the budget (for higher education) costs $483,000

(2) This is what we can do with our money
a) Increase perhaps 3 more teachers  6 x 62,000 =  $372,000
b) take partnerships up $1.3 million x 2 =  $2.6 million for a jump to 10%
That leaves $2.7 million to return to the city council.   Each 1.09 million is 1%, so education can return 2%

(3) These are the choices we feel we have to make.  

(4) This is the amount of money that we think we need.
42.4 milllion
 3 million plus  
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45.4 million is what we need
45.4/109 (total of the city budget)  = 42%
we can return 2%to the city 

What amount of money does this sector need in period 4?

What are the projects that need to happen in Period 5?   How much money will those projects require?
WHAT IS THE BIG PICTURE?  Maybe we need another $483,000 x 2 to move the university up one more percent.. That 1% increase can be for Period 5.




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ECONOMIC DEVT >>>>

(1) This is what each portion costs
(2) This is what we can do with our money
(3) These are the choices we feel we have to make.  
(4) This is the amount of money that we think we need.

What amount of money does this sector need in period 4?   ANSWER:  Same as period 3
What are the projects that need to happen in Period 5?   How much money will those projects require?
WHAT IS THE BIG PICTURE?  Maybe we need another $483,000 x 2 to move the university up one more percent.. That 1% increase can be for Period 5.



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COMMUNITY SERVICES >>>>

(1) This is what each portion costs


(2) This is what we can do with our money

(3) These are the choices we feel we have to make.  


(4) This is the amount of money that we think we need.



What amount of money does this sector need in period 4?   ANSWER:  4 percentage points LESS than shown.   $5 million surplus

What are the projects that need to happen in Period 5?   How much money will those projects require?
WHAT IS THE BIG PICTURE?  Maybe we need another $483,000 x 2 to move the university up one more percent.. That 1% increase can be for Period 5.





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SOCIAL SERVICES >>>>

(1) This is what each portion costs


(2) This is what we can do with our money

(3) These are the choices we feel we have to make.  


(4) This is the amount of money that we think we need.


What amount of money does this sector need in period 4?

What are the projects that need to happen in Period 5?   How much money will those projects require?
WHAT IS THE BIG PICTURE?  Maybe we need another $483,000 x 2 to move the university up one more percent.. That 1% increase can be for Period 5.



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HOW MUCH LAND SHOULD WE SELL IN PERIODS 4 AND 5?
Proposed:   
25% in period 4
10% in period 5



CITY COUNCIL CHALLENGES
1. What line items in which sectors need support?
2. What total amount of money does each sector need?   
3. What is the big purchase plan for the next two sessions for the sectors?  (period 4 and 5...?  
4. How much money will social servies need to improve their public health category? 
5. What will be the source of money for period 6?  (Utility?)









CONDITIONS FOR PERIOD 4      

PROPOSED ACTIONS
LAND:   Sell 25%, leave 10% for Session 5 to sell (with a recommendation to sell ALL 10%).

LIBRARY:   We could build the BIG new library (the expensive second option) if we have enough money.

We prefer a good university and MAXIMUM public health and safety.
PROPOSED BUDGET:
Community 18%    (drop of 4% points)
Social   40%       (increase of 9%
 points
)
Education 40%    (drop of 4%
 points
)
Economic Developt 2%   (stay same)



 
THE PROPOSED BUDGET  for Period 4

Here are the sectors...
























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Here's the money








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Here is the photo that Valerie P. sent about COMMUNITY SERVICES



















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THIS WAS THE CITY COUNCIL allocation from Period 3

Total percent:  75 +24 = 99%   so 1% is about $1.09 million
100% =  109 million



Here's the money from the current allocation (before City Council Meeting)







HERE IS THE PROPOSED BUDGET



This setup will be keyed in unless we receive a lot of feedback to change the numbers.   


HERE ARE THE NOTES FOR THE DECISION TABLES and NEWSPAPER

NEWS RELEASE
Just Released....
City Council met on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 to discuss improving the quality of life in New Coyle City and we arrived at the following decisions:

The major points were agreed on by your council members tonight:
1. 25% of land to be sold. This decision was based on the need to give Session 5 lots of money to continue to raise the quality of health in the city.

2.  The ONLINE library was seen as the choice of the future, but we are debating one of the other two options to protect the digitally incapacitated citizens of our city.

3.The City Council jointly decided to reallocate the budget funds to increase social services by 9% points.

The city council invited the citizens to contact us with feedback before the final amounts were coded in.  

Good luck, Session 5!

RATIONALE
THE CHOICE that the City Council wants to ask the community is this:
a)  do we want a world class university and so-so health?
b) do we want a good university and MAXIMUM public health and safety?
This is the reason why Community services and Education have both given up 4% of our budgets so that Social Services can move to 40% of the town's budget.

BEFORE                      AFTER
Education  from 44  >>>>>  40
Community from 22  >>>>>  18
Social from 31 >>>>>> 40
Economic Development is unchanged at 2%

Dissent
The two areas where there were differences of opinion were
a)   what sort of library should we fund?
b)  how much land to sell.


a)  Library.   Three of us wanted to go with the online version until Val P. pointed out the importance of protecting the "digitally unable" -- if people are not able to go online, the online library really doesn't serve them.
If we have the money, let's build the new library.   If social services will be sacrificed, then we have to choose the lower value, option 1-  library collaboration with the university.

b)  We voted  "Sell   35    20    25  and 25" percents.   We agreed on 25% to sell with the recommendation to Session 5 to sell the final 10 percent.


RESPONSIBILITIES
Sherry Washington - News Reporter
Valerie Hall - Land Calculations
Valerie Patterson - Data Entry
Steve MAC -- Math checker and website communicator

Again, we have worked together very well this Period.