Our city in Week 1 has significant surpluses. Our budget allocates only 91% of funds. Yes, Social Services (Fire, Police, Health) has a deficit, but we could use a surplus in another department to cover that deficit. If you agree that our city should protect surpluses, go to SITUATION A No Change
This situation starts with three main assumptions:
1) We can attract and keep population (a sign of success in this simulation) by increasing levels of service and quality of infrastructure. We should therefore work to improve the Pulbic Transit rating from 96%.
2) We can spend now to meet the anticipated changes coming:
a) Unplanned maintenance (repairs) caused by a bad winter will hit Community services
b) A major employer is attracting 10% more workers. Assuming that we have about 30,000 workers in New Coyle Town (58%)
c) The state mandates that we add more teachers. (We don't know how many need to be added).
3) We choose to spend now and prepare for the future rather than do nothing and pass on surpluses to the next council.
4) We choose to raise funds for the future council by releasing land now.
We choose the number of 10% to match the expected increase of the number of workers.
Or should we release 20% of the land to drive rents lower and raise more money for next session's city council?
Here's what the education starts at.....
Oh, no! Deficit! Because we added too many teachers.
So I backed down the number of teachers
Now we have $600,000 surplus to pass on to the next council, we've increased the number of teachers, and we increased the quality of buildings to level 5.
AREAS for IMPROVEMENT
The tables state that numbers in parentheses are INCOME. however, "Fees" in the Economic Development table are INCOME but do not have ( )
The fee that is collected is not coming from the budget of the city, or is it?
FEEDBACK about this page:
KH wrote: If you want to do the video anyway, you're going to have to make it more prominent on your page. I looked around for awhile and had just about decided that you hadn't made it yet before I found it.
Everyone is working hard and under pressure to get their work done. Your audience is going to appreciate more succinct points, so I think bullet points would be a better way than blocks of text.
1. We have an opportunity to increase services.
2. We need to prepare for repairs (Community Services) and more teachers (mandated)
3. The new workers (10% more jobs) might bring needs for public health, fire and police.
THIS IS WHAT THE CITY COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO CHANGE...
if we want to increase services (to anticipate the changes coming to our town).
So, if we want to see how changes will affect our budgets, we need to try different numbers.
For example, the Education budget starts with a surplus.
NOTE: The levels of service on the left is 4.
Teachers Elem = 277
Teachers High = 252
Watch what happens when we increase the teachers to higher levels.
When we put in some test numbers...
Teachers Elem = 300
Teachers High = 290
and increased the quality of education to 5, we got a DEFICIT
So we backed off... we added fewer teachers
277 to 290 Elementary teachers
252 to 265 High school teachers
we added 13 teachers to both levels of school, an increase of about 5%
We increase investment in the school's buildings to 5 but the quality of education remained 4
Teachers Elem = 290
Teachers High = 265