Fiscal Year 2019 – 2020 City Budget
Creating and passing the City budget might be BOMA’s most important job.
The City budget is more than just numbers on a spread sheet, it’s a representation of the BOMA’s priorities for the upcoming year. We must be good stewards of the City’s resources. Spring Hill’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30th, the budget must be passed by two votes (May & June). First reading (vote) of the 2019/2020 budget passed 8-1. You can find a copy of the Ordinance here.
Some highlights of the Budget:
- NEPA (required Enviromental study) for Hwy 31 widening
- Design work for the widening of Buckner Lane
- Design work for the widening of Buckner Road
- Construction of Tom Lunn Road
- Funding for 5 new Police Officers
- Funding for new Fire Fighter
- New Ladder Truck for Fire Department
- Construction of new Policy Department Headquarters (Spring Hill has never had a police headquarters specifically designed for law enforcement)
- Construction plans and permitting for Water Plant Expansion
- Construction plans and permitting for Sewer Plant Expansion
- Receipt of Grant for Harvey Park Greenway (multi-use trail from Harvey Park to Wilkes Ln)
What do you think?
Spring Hill certainly has challenges as we embark on a nearly $200,000,000 capital improvement plan targeted at improving roads, public utilities and quality of life improvements. BOMA must remain disciplined in reducing costs wherever feasible, avoiding wasteful spending, and seeking additional revenue sources such as increasing impact fees. We’ve got a difficult job in front of us.
For updates throughout the budget process, please use and visit www.SpringHillBudget.com
Another Look at the City Budget
Spread sheets and wordy narratives to describe the budget might not work for everyone.
Let’s take a look at the City budget with charts.
Multiple Re-Zone Requests Coming in June
Spring Hill’s Planning Commission could see three different re-zone requests in June. This could potentially put all three requests on the July BOMA agenda. Be sure to tune into my weekly FaceBook live update on May 28th and June 10th for an update on these request.
- Children’s Home on Hwy 31 to Planned Development
- Northeast corner of Port Royal Rd and Kedron Rd to Townhome
- Denning Lane from Agriculture to Single Family Home
2021 City Elections
Mayor Graham has suggested he will propose moving the date of the 2021 Spring Hill Municipal Election to either August or November of 2022. Expect debate and discussion to take place in June.
While many blame the April election date for the low turnout, others point to past City elections, which show voter participation has declined as our population has grown. Spring Hill had more voters participate in the 2011 election (1,569 vs 1,545) than 2019, despite having 16,000 fewer registered voters in 2011!
Brentwood city elections in May 2019 had 32% turnout. We need to focus on improving voter engagement and turnout, not taking the easy way out by moving the election date.
There certainly is a positive aspect to Spring Hill elections being a stand alone event. This ensures that all voters are very intentional about their votes as it relates to the City. If City elections were moved to coincide with the August or November election dates, we could reasonably expect some number of voters chose to participate not because they had a vested interest in the outcome of an Alderman race, but rather chose to vote in another race, and filled out the Alderman section of their ballot with little knowledge or insight into any candidate.
Expect plenty of debate in June. Be sure you email BOMA at BOMA@SpringHillTN.org to share your thoughts.