Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo and the City Council of Corpus Christi have passed a $1.2 billion operating and capital budget for Fiscal Year 2022, which begins on October 1.
The balanced budget addresses the community’s key objectives, such as streets, public safety, parks, and neighborhood improvements. We can invest large funds in high-priority sectors with this budget, and there will be no increase in the City property tax rate in FY 2022. The city’s financial reserves are likewise robust, and Corpus Christi’s credit rating was reaffirmed as high-grade by all three credit rating agencies in July.
The budget contains the following items:
In three years, $122.3 million was spent on street maintenance and reconstruction, totaling over $328 million.
A third in-house street rehabilitation paving crew with 12 positions and new equipment will cost $2 million.
750 thousand dollars for the Safe Route to School program, which will rebuild citywide sidewalk infrastructure near schools.
Enhancements to Vision Zero and internally illuminated LED street name signs cost $880,000.
Funding for ten additional police officer positions, five more than expected, and 30 instead of 25 new police officer roles in the five-year plan.
The construction of a new police academy, which is fully funded and on budget, is set to begin in 2022.
Significant equipment upgrades, such as in-car mobile data computers, a Computer Aided Dispatch system, and a Record Management System (RMS), as well as more Police marked cars and a crime scene mapping drone
Funding for eight extra firefighter positions at Station 17 (Yorktown), boosting the total number of firefighters to 13 from 12.
Three ambulance medic units, one fire pumper vehicle, a potable water tanker truck, and a Hazmat Material Response Unit have all received upgrades.
The $2.9 million earmarked for several one-time capital improvements at 10 area parks, including two new dog parks and a new splash pad at Cole Park, has been completely financed for construction of the new Fire Station #3 on Morgan Avenue.
The summer swim teaching program will be expanded with the addition of eight new swim instructors.
An additional 230 shade trees will be planted in City parks thanks to funding.
Dredging as part of the pier repair project Funding for the reconstruction of People’s Boardwalk
Seawall and Miradors lighting upgrades Seawall event programming
The Art Center and Art Museum will get facility enhancements, as well as full operational support for the History and Science Center.
Two more live release coordinators and one more veterinarian are needed.
Four full-time kennel technicians for Animal Care
Five more code enforcement officers have been added, raising the total number of police to 28 from 23.
La Retama Library’s assessment and early exterior upgrades
Two litter crew roles have been added to clean important business corridors.
Create an equitable fee structure by excluding storm water from the water rate.
There will be no increase in the property tax rate.
There will be no increases in the solid waste rate.
There will be no rises in gas prices.
For an average residential customer with a 5000-gallon winter quarter average, there is a little increase of $1.97 per month in wastewater charges.
Most residential customers will see a decrease in water rates due to a neutral offset for the new stand-alone system.
Fee for Storm Water
Community engagement is important, thus Council Members and City staff sponsored community meetings in all five City Council Districts for the third year in a row as part of the FY 2022 budget process. The budget was finalized with the help of the residents. More street financing was requested by a large number of people. As a result, $812,219 was added to the budget for roadway reconstruction in residential areas.
The City and previous City Councils have tried unsuccessfully for nearly three decades to create a stand-alone Storm Water Fee for Corpus Christi. By authorizing a stand-alone storm water utility and a new stand-alone rate structure, the Mayor and City Council have finally done something about the problem. As a result, we are able to address yet another legacy concern for our community while still maintaining Corpus Christi’s status as a top-tier metropolis.
Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo states, “The City’s $1.2 billion budget is a wise budget that received unprecedented public involvement.” “It’s a balanced budget that doesn’t raise property taxes but instead removes waste and prioritizes spending to rebuild our roads, hire more cops and firefighters, and improve our quality of life.”
Visit the website for more information and to see the approved budget.