How is the city reducing expenditures?
Over the past four years, the city has made several reorganizations and reassigned job duties to reduce costs of service and eliminate duplication of services among departments. Every program in the city is being reviewed to identify cost savings and find ways to reduce administrative costs without affecting the quality of service. The city is now holding more than 62 positions vacant and does not plan to fill these positions in the next year. This will save the city approximately $4 million in salary and benefit costs.

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1. How are tax revenues decreasing if the city is raising the tax rate?
2. Why are my taxes so high?
3. Is it true that the decrease in tax revenue is in part due to the Heritage Crossing project, in that so many dwellings/buildings were removed and now sit as vacant land at a lower taxable rate?
4. Are any city departments over budget for the current year?
5. If Code Enforcement is a key focus area for the city, why does the budget show funding for five fewer code enforcement personnel in the coming year?
6. How much does the City of Irving receive in revenue from the company that operates Twin Wells Golf Course? Where is that reflected in the city’s records?
7. Are any funds allocated in the FY 2010-11 budget for improvements along Irving Boulevard between the Trinity River and Loop 12?
8. What is the status of the former stadium site redevelopment? Is the $2 billion “Sky Park” project on hold?
9. Is everything paid for from the General Fund?
10. How much of the increase in the municipal services bill goes to the General Fund?
11. What happened to the $12 million in savings that have been realized over the past four years?
12. How many employees work for the City of Irving?
13. Is Irving self-insured? How much does health insurance cost the city?
14. How much of the budget goes toward the Heritage Crossing project?
15. Why doesn’t the city match tax increases with a dollar-for-dollar operating expenditure reduction?
16. If taxes are increased due to lower property values, will the city ever reduce taxes?
17. Has the city manager received a raise this year?
18. How is the city reducing expenditures?
19. Why doesn’t the city reduce services to ease the tax burden on residents?
20. How much will my taxes increase under the proposed budget?
21. Where will the money come from for the Entertainment Venue if the dedicated revenues are not sufficient to pay the debt? (Full question provided in answer.)