FY14 budget continues NKAPC’s downward trends

NKAPC’s budget for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 is built on a number of trends related to both revenues and expenditures for the organization. Those trends were highlighted for city and county elected officials last month during the discussion that led to them approving it.

According to Dennis Gordon, FAICP, NKAPC’s executive director, the organization’s new fiscal year budget “continues a trend the NKAPCommission initiated in FY08 and accelerated in FY10.” Gordon cited numerous public meetings of elected and appointed officials to substantiate his assertion. In the end, all agreed that the budget had been thoroughly vetted.

“For those who see this downward trajectory and conclude it was prompted by the 2011 petition drive, note that cuts to the budget and staff were initiated three years before (emphasis added) that effort… and have been continued for the past two years since it failed,” asserted Gordon.

Among the many trends illustrated for the elected officials was an overall decrease in the budget’s bottom line. “This new fiscal year budget is only a little larger than our Fiscal Year 2005 budget,” said Gordon. “This represents a $1.1 million decrease in the organization’s budget since our Fiscal Year 2008 high.”

“Perhaps more importantly,” he said, “this represents a meager 7.1 percent budget increase over the past ten years—or put another way—an average annual increase of just 0.07 percent.”

Gordon used charts to illustrate other aspects of the FY14 budget. He took particular pride in highlighting the ten-year trajectory of the organization’s health care costs which he asserts would not have been possible without the full-scale dedication of the NKAPC staff.

Of the new budget’s total decrease, close to half of it came from tax revenues which have also trended downward since 2009, according to Gordon. He attributed that fact to local elected officials’ action to control tax revenues, explaining that the FY14 budget is the fourth consecutive year that city and county elected officials have trimmed the total tax dollars that fund NKAPC.