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The FY 00-01 Budgets contain funding to support the following programs and initiatives:

 

Environmental Priorities

      Past and budgeted improvements to the sanitary sewer system as contained in the Sewer Fund budget.

       Initial capital improvements to the storm water drainage system as contained in the Internal Improvements Fund budget.          

        Past and budgeted improvements to the solid waste collection and incineration system as contained in the Solid Waste Fund budget.

 

Quality of Life Priorities

New programs contained in the General, Infrastructure, and Fort Taylor Fund budgets address the following specific needs:

        Additions to Code Enforcement to assure all citizens and businesses adhere to general codes designed to improve the City.

        The addition of a Landscape Inspector in the new budget to improve inspection services.

        The conversion of positions in the FY 99-00 budget to landscape workers in addition to new positions in the prior budget brings landscape staff to a total of 7.5 positions.

        Funds to match unbudgeted grants will be made available from reserves at the direction of the Commission. With the addition of a grant specialist in the FY 99-00 budget, the City has become more active in seeking and receiving grants.

        An allocation to match a grant (if approved) to allow for the addition of 14 police officers to address current unmet needs and increase officer presence on patrol.

        The addition of 2 telecommunicators in the central communications center to improve service and free Police Officers for patrol duty.

        An allocation to allow the initiation of a comprehensive records retention program that will improve public access as well as assure greater security.

        An addition of a position to provide additional public information services.

        The addition of an apprentice mechanic to improve vehicle service. 

        Various capital programs to improve the City Cemetery fence provide additional lighting in the 900 block of Duval Street, and the construction of a pedestrian footbridge on Staples Avenue.

        The addition of two large street sweepers and one small mobile vacuum unit as a part of the program to significantly reduce waste on the streets and sidewalks.     

 

Affordable Housing

The conversion of City land on North Roosevelt into an affordable housing community through the efforts of the Key West Housing Authority.

The stock of affordable housing was increased significantly over the last year by using the BRAC program to obtain the Navy Poinciana housing complex and converting it into an affordable housing area. In addition, various social service agencies were given space to establish services for the homeless and other disadvantaged citizens. The FY 00-01 budget contains the Poinciana Housing Fund for the first time.

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