City Manager Peter Zanoni presents the city council with the city’s record-breaking proposed annual operating and capital budget for FY2023

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – At today’s regular City Council meeting, City Manager Peter Zanoni presented the City of Corpus Christi’s proposed $1.4 billion annual operating and capital budget for fiscal year 2023. The budget focuses on public safety, roads, parks, and water and sanitation. It reflects the city’s ongoing commitment to providing public services, programs and infrastructure that improve the quality of life for Corpus Christi citizens. At the same time, the budget maintains the city’s strong financial reserves in the General Fund and other funds in line with the fiscal policy approved by the City Council.

City Manager’s budget addresses Mayor Paulette Guajardo’s July 2022 challenge to create 25 additional police officer positions in FY2023 with similar investments in our fire department by adding 24 more firefighter positions in FY2023.

“The proposed record fiscal year 2023 budget reflects Corpus Christi’s economic growth and continued investments that enable the city to better serve the needs of the community, including public safety, roads, water and sanitation infrastructure and parks,” said the city manager Peter Zanoni.

“Our proposed budget is prudent and progressive, and provides a foundation to make meaningful advances that will set our community apart for years to come,” said Mayor Paulette Guajardo. “I would like to invite all residents to attend one of the five public meetings in August as we prioritize a balanced budget that supports the needs of our growing community.”

Highlights of the proposed 2023 budget include:

police

  • Funding for 25 new police officer posts. The total number of police officers rises to 491
  • Two police academies
  • Officer post converted to Police Captain
  • Funding for the BearCat armored vehicle
  • Financing of ten unmarked police vehicles
  • Funding for a 3D scanner, microscope and crime scene lighting
  • Construction of a new police academy complex on the Del Mar South campus is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2023, as approved in the prior fiscal year

Fire

  • Funding for 24 new firefighter positions to create an additional medical unit and increase fire engine staffing from three to four firefighters for eight out of 22 companies, versus four out of 22 companies. The total number of fires increases to 446
  • Fire Academy planned for January 2023
  • Replacement of the alarm system
  • Exchange of two 75-foot carts
  • New system for managing fire files
  • Funding for planning and evaluation study for new emergency response center
  • Construction of a replacement #3 Fire Station at Morgan Avenue is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2023 as approved in the prior fiscal year

streets

  • $136.4 million for road maintenance and reconstruction, a 12 percent increase over the current budget. The three-year total is $335.9 million.
  • Ocean Drive’s 10-year sustainability program is included in the capital budget, with a budget of $153,000 for the first year (FY2023) to properly maintain the drive
  • $4.3 million road rebuilding at Council District 5 Industrial Park on Yorktown Boulevard
  • $8 million in downtown Water Street improvements for utility works
  • Engineering study for Leopard Street from Lantana Street to Tuloso Road to create a plan for future reconstruction
  • $2.75 million for Vision Zero pedestrian mobility and safety projects
  • The new street median for Kostoryz Street and Masterson Drive
  • Installation of an emergency power supply system for traffic lights
  • New High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) signal at Staples and Barry
  • Addition of a right-of-way management team of four
  • Addition of a new Street and Traffic Engineering Survey Crew and Plan Review Engineer
  • $2.32 million for two new illuminated gateway signs at IH37 and US 181 and a monument sign in Labonte Park

Parks & Recreation

  • $2.0 million has been budgeted for parking facilities in all five city council districts
  • $1.95 million for Cole Park Plaza shading structure
  • New dog park in Flour Bluff
  • Lighting improvements for Swantner Park
  • Funding for improved park maintenance, including the addition of five maintenance sites for Bayfront Parks and the Seawall (including the Selena Mirador), and funding for the maintenance of two dog parks at West Guth Park and Sherwood Park
  • Addition of three positions and vehicles for the extended Gulf Beach cleaning
  • Addition of two lifeguards and a beach compliance officer and Gulf beach vehicles/equipment

north beach

  • $2.5 million in state hotel occupancy tax to support North Beach restroom and parking lot project
  • $835,000 for the shade structure at North Beach Historical Plaza
  • Addition of four lifeguards and vehicles for a new lifeguard unit in North Beach during the summer season
  • Funding for pilot incentive program for beach vendors and vendors
  • Bond 2022 proposal for North Beach Eco Park design

gulf beach

  • $4.5 million in state occupancy tax for a new restroom facility on Zahn Road adjacent to Gulf Beach and the Packery Channel that will include restrooms, showers and a parking lot

Economic development

  • Creation of a new Economic Development Office to centralize economic development activities under one department – realignment of four existing positions and addition of two

health department

  • Department of Health Building Renovation – Three-phase project beginning FY2023, $5.4 million phase one of three
  • Add three posts: two public health inspectors and one public health technician

vital statistics

  • Transitioning from Health Department to City Secretary as part of a new business model
  • Add two registrars for issuing birth and death certificates

libraries

  • Site study for a new branch in District 5
  • Funding for library repairs, purchasing a generator, and replacing users’ computers
  • Addition of security services for all branch libraries during all operating hours
  • Addition of a librarian position for reference services

neighborhood services

  • $500,000 for additional sterilization/neuter funding
  • Hiring a veterinary assistant and converting a veterinary assistant to full-time
  • Addition of three kennel technicians and two dispatchers

District Court

  • Financing of the tax audit of the district court
  • Addition of two court clerks
  • Increase working hours for part-time judge services

communication

  • Additional overtime for the new 311 Customer Call Center
  • Additional funds for training and event promotion

City auditor

  • Addition of a permanent chartered accountant

Airport

  • New patio project for the outdoor hall
  • Reroofing and window glazing of the terminal building
  • Extensions to the terminal building including improvements to the restrooms, new sickroom and service animal support area project

development services

  • Implementation of the second year of the four-year plan to align fees with market levels
  • Addition of seven inspector positions, vehicles and equipment
  • Addition of two plan reviewers
  • Addition of a permitting engineer
  • Addition of a Records Management specialist to manage contracts and records

water

  • Capital improvements totaling $148 million over the next three years to replace and repair water mains across the city
  • Capital improvements totaling $195 million over the next three years to rehabilitate and modernize ON Stevens’ water treatment facility
  • Addition of seven positions to create an additional valve design and preventative maintenance team
  • Convert nine temporary positions into full-time customer service positions
  • Addition of a labor coordinator to manage purchasing and inventory

sewage

  • Addition of 28 posts for wastewater pretreatment inspections, repairs and construction projects, lifting plant maintenance, expansion of concrete and restoration department, Laguna Madre and Whitecap Wastewater Treatment Plants, and posts and vehicles to assist with work orders
  • Capital increases totaling $157 million over the next three years to repair, rehabilitate and upgrade all six treatment plants

gas

  • Addition of two digits to support the Line Location Program
  • Purchase of vehicles and machines to modernize the fleet

rainwater

  • Funding emergency water infrastructure improvements
  • Addition of five gully cleaning and maintenance positions for increased cleaning of city gullies, gully grates and catch basins

solid waste

  • Monthly home price adjustment of $1.15 to offset rising diesel fuel prices, car and labor price increases.
  • Additional funding for garbage and recycling carts
  • Addition of a senior compliance officer and administrative compliance position for the recycling program

city ​​rates

  • Property Tax – No proposed tax rate change
  • Water – No proposed rate change
  • Sewage – No tariff change proposed
  • Gas – No proposed change in service delivery rate
  • Rainwater – Suggested monthly rate adjustment of $1.57 for a typical residential customer
  • Fixed Drop – Proposed monthly rate adjustment of $1.15 for residential customers

The city will hold public community meetings in each borough to solicit input from residents on the proposed budget. Sessions will provide short opening remarks and a budget video, with most of the time reserved for a question and answer session.

All meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 8 District 1 Public Library Owen R. Hopkins
  • Wednesday, August 10 District 2 Del Mar College Center for Economic Development, Room 106
  • Thursday, August 11 District 3 Water Supply Building – Choke Canyon Room
  • Monday 15th August District 4 Ethel Eyerly Senior Center
  • Wednesday, August 17 District 5 Veterans Memorial High School

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