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|COUNCIL ACTION: Approved on 9/18/2018 - Ordinance No. 23383-09-2018|
|DATE:||9/18/2018||REFERENCE NO.:||**G-19367||LOG NAME:||03FY19 FEES|
Adopt Fiscal Year 2019 Fee Adjustments for the Aviation Department, Public Events Department, Water Department, Planning and Development Department, Police Department, Fire Department, Park and Recreation Department and the Botanic Garden Fund, Adopt the Attached Ordinance Revising Fees, Authorize Certain Fee Modifications, and Formally Designate Certain Personnel to Act on Behalf of the Financial Management Services Department in Collecting Fees and Issuing Licenses (ALL COUNCIL DISTRICTS)
It is recommended that the City Council:
1. Adopt the identified fee adjustments for the Aviation Department, Public Events Department, Water Department, Planning and Development Department, Police Department, Fire Department, Park and Recreation Department and the Botanic Gardens Fund, for Fiscal Year 2019;
2. Adopt the attached ordinance revising fees in Article XII, Fee Schedules of Chapter 2 Administration of the Code of the City of Fort Worth relating to development, zoning and platting applications;
3. Authorize fee modifications to respond to market demands for the Public Events Department;
4. Authorize fee modifications to respond to market demands for the Park and Recreation Department for marketing, promotional and educational purposes; and
5. Formally designate the departments and personnel that are routinely tasked with collecting fees and issuing licenses to act as agents of the Financial Management Services Department.
The purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to take action in connection with adjusting fees that will apply to various City services during Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019) and document compliance with the City Charter in connection with collecting fees and issuing licenses, as applicable.
A variety of fees apply to City services that range from renting out the Botanic Garden Halls to lease fees for facilities at the City's airports. Many of the fees are set out in state law or in the City Code, and some, such as the Water and Sewer Rates and development fees, are adopted by Ordinance on an annual basis. However, in several provisions of the City Code, fees are defined as being in the amount set by City Council.
Approval of this M&C authorizes adjustments for Fiscal Year 2019 to fees that are not established by other law. In addition, this M&C would approve the ordinance revising fees in Article XII: Fee Schedules, Chapter 2: Administration of the Code of the City of Fort Worth relating to development, zoning and platting applications. All other fees would remain in effect at their last-adopted rate as set by state law, City ordinance, or prior City Council action, as applicable.
The proposed fees were used in crafting revenue projections for the development of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget and include the following fee adjustments:
The Public Events Department operates facilities that compete with public and private sector facilities for business and periodically need to make adjustments in response to market demands. Approval of the third recommendation authorizes the Public Events Director or their designee to adjust fees in response to market demands. The maximum amount of fees for these facilities will continue to be capped at those amounts previously approved by the City Council.
The Water Department Laboratory currently provides laboratory testing services for businesses, local, state and federal agencies and other City departments. The Water Department Laboratory is recognized by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) which is certified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Such designation makes the City' s laboratory a desirable facility for other agencies and parties to seek testing required by law and regulation. In FY2017, laboratory testing services were utilized by approximately 27 governmental agencies and 133 non-governmental agencies, and generated $195,511.00 in revenue. Lab fees are assessed to recover the costs for these services provided to other entities and were last updated in September 2010 (M&C G-17057). The FY19 updated fees have been determined by actual current labor, equipment, quality control, supply, and indirect costs incurred by the Water Department Laboratory, as well as a benchmarking study conducted with other public and private laboratories.
The Park and Recreation Department operates facilities and programs (Botanic Garden, Log Cabin Village, Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, Golf, Athletics, Aquatics, Community Centers, and Park Reservations) that all compete with public and private sector facilities for business and periodically need to make adjustments in response to market demands and for promotional and educational purposes. Approval of the fourth recommendation authorizes the Park and Recreation Director or their designee, directly or in connection with non-profit support groups, to adjust or waive fees in response to market demands such as seasonal, weather-related, and facility condition-driven factors; customer service resolutions; memberships; advertising opportunities; special marketing promotions; and educational purposes. The maximum amount of fees for all of these facilities will continue to be capped at those amounts previously approved by the City Council. The cumulative impact of the fee modifications shall not negatively impact by more than 10% the annual fee revenue projectionsfor the Park and Recreation Department.
Finally, approval of this M&C will also officially designate other personnel and departments as acting on behalf of the Financial Management Services (FMS) Department in collecting those fees and issuing licenses, as applicable. The City Charter charges the City's Finance Department "with the administration of the financial affairs of the city, including the keeping and supervision of all accounts . . . [and] the issuance of licenses and the collection of license fees . . . .". As the City has grown over the years, responsibilities for issuing licenses and collecting fees became decentralized, with various departments and personnel being assigned as reflected in the City's revenue manual. In connection with the adoption of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, the City Council approved M&C G-18545 (September 15, 2015), which formally designated the assigned personnel and departments to act on behalf of FMS in collecting fees and issuing licenses, where applicable. Adoption of the current M&C continues that designation through Fiscal Year 2019.
This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.
The Director of Finance certifies that upon approval of the above recommendations, the participating departments are responsible for the collection and deposit of funds due to the City.
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