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M E S A, AR IZO NA July 2013 Community Annual Report


TABLE O F CO NTENTS About Mesa Priorities for Mesa- Council Strategic Initiatives City Manager’s Message Mesa Spring Training Mesa Grande Cultural Park and Visitors Center Visit Mesa - City Limitless Downtown Light Rail Park and Recreation Improvements City and University Collaborations Phoenix - Mesa Gateway Airport iMesa - Community-driven Results Mesa Fun Facts Mayor Scott Smith District 2 Vice Mayor Alex Finter District 1 Councilmember Dave Richins District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh District 4 Councilmember Chris Glover District 5 Councilwoman Dina Higgins District 6 Councilmember Scott Somers FY 13/14 Citywide Budget by Fund FY 13/14 Citywide Available Resources FY 13/14 General Fund Available Resources FY 13/14 General Fund Department Expenditures


PN O H S W O DOWNT MESA ABO U T MES A • With approximately 460,000 residents, Mesa is the thirdlargest city in Arizona and the 38th-largest in the nation, comparing in size with cities such as Atlanta, Cincinnati, Miami and Pittsburgh. • Mesa covers an area of 132 square miles. • City Council is comprised of a mayor and six city councilmembers. Based on feedback received from you, City Council sets the direction and policy for Mesa. • Using the council-manager form of government, Mesa’s City Council employs a city manager, who runs the day-to-day affairs of the city and manages its 30 service-based business departments. • Mesa’s top three employers represent the healthcare, education, and aviation industries: Banner Health System, Mesa Public Schools and Boeing.

Mayor Scott Smith works with a student at the July 2012 grand opening of Step Up Schools in the former Washington Activity Center. The new school opened at capacity and has a strong emphasis on technology in the classroom.


PR IO R ITIES F O R MESA Each year, the Mesa City Council reviews and updates its strategic initiatives. These initiatives are broad statements that serve as the vision and priorities for Mesa. City staff refers to and responds to these initiatives in their day-to-day business planning and budget preparation. To find out more about the City Council’s strategic initiatives, click here.

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COMMUNITY ENG AG EMEN T

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CITY MANAGER’S MESSAG E City Manager Christopher J. Brady Welcome to the City of Mesa’s Community Annual Report. In this publication, you will learn about Mesa’s new programs and projects, interesting facts about services provided to Mesa every day, the Mesa City Council’s priorities for the future, and a summary of the approved FY 2013/2014 budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The economy continues its steady/measured recovery. As such, the City continues to seek innovative solutions to maximizing existing resources and in the pursuit of community priorities set by City Council. Last year, the City’s attention was on working with the community to identify and financially commit to projects you believed would help transform Mesa and make us stronger. This year’s focus is to deliver on those promises made. Here are a few examples of projects in various stages of planning and construction this year: • The Cubs are here to stay; their new facilities will be opening this fall. The Oakland A’s will use an improved Hohokam and be ready for play in 2015. • Riverview Park is being improved and is certain to become a signature park for the region. • Mesa’s residents supported a bond proposal last fall and several new/existing parks are being designed. • Mesa Grande visitor’s center just opened this year, an archeological gem that was the social, political and religious center of a Hohokam Village in 1100-1150 A.D. This newly opened visitors’ center has already received state and local awards and accolades. • Four new colleges in Mesa will be celebrating grand openings this August, including Upper Iowa University in the Fiesta District, Westminster and Wilkes universities at the Mesa Center for Higher Education in downtown, and Benedictine University in downtown Mesa. Albright College has also been offering classes since early 2013. • The City helped restore the historical diving lady sign on Main Street. • Downtown light rail construction/transformation is underway. I encourage you to visit our downtown businesses. They are open and eager to serve you. • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport served 1.4 million passengers this year and is becoming an economic job center with a technology accelerator, new high-security lab space and new industry. Able Engineering alone brought 320 manufacturing jobs to Mesa. Along with these exciting projects, Mesa continues to focus on public safety. Violent crime rates continue to decline in Mesa and are among the lowest for cities of our size nationwide. We will open a new Fiesta District Police Substation this fall. Three new fire stations have been opened this year, one having received awards for its sustainable design.


MESA’ S S PR IN G TR AINING Voters approved it in 2010, and now the City is making it happen: the complete overhaul of Mesa’s Chicago Cubs Spring Training Facility along with upgrades to Riverview Park. Construction started in the summer of 2012, is on budget and schedule for a December 2013 completion—which means it will be ready for Cubs spring training in 2014. The facility will provide a new stadium, six practice fields and team facilities adjacent to a large area of dual-use parking areas. The grassed parking areas will serve as parking during game days, and during off-game days they will provide expansive turf areas for multi-use sporting and civic events. One of the crown jewels of this project will be the complete overhaul of the Riverview Park. The former lake will be almost doubled in size and will include boardwalks and designated fishing areas. The balance of the park will see the addition of unique recreation features such as climbing ropes, walls, slides and interactive water areas. All together, the 150-acre Riverview complex will be a great place for Mesa’s residents and visitors. Finally, let’s not forget that the City and the Oakland A’s have entered into a 20-year agreement to make improvements at Hohokam Stadium in time for Spring Training in 2015.

District 2 Vice Mayor Alex Finter with Scout Troops No. 674 and No. 541, following a January 2013 City Council meeting where the troops were present as part of an effort to earn their citizenship in the community merit badge or ‘First Class’ rank.


MESA G R AND E CU LTURA L PAR K AN D VISITO R ’ S CEN TER O PEN O CT- MID MAY ANN UALLY. The Mesa Grande Cultural Park and Visitor’s Center opened on January 19, 2013. Located on the corner of 10th and Date Streets, this prehistoric platform mound site was inhabited by the Hohokam around A.D. 1100-1450. Mesa Grande served as the social, political and religious center of a village community that controlled the great irrigation canals coming off the Salt River. Mesa Grande is on the National Record of Historic Places and is an Arizona 2012 Centennial Legacy Project. The park boasts a visitor center with Hohokam artifacts, a gathering place shaded by high canopies, and an interpretive trail. All interpretive materials are also available online at www.mesagrandeculturalpark.org. Mesa Grande Cultural Park is open to the public from October 1 through May 15 each year.

District 1 Councilmember Dave Richins (middle) with his son, Nate Richins (left),

and his nephew, Brayden Roland (right), at an April 2013 Celebrate Mesa Event at Pioneer Park. This is a free, family fun event conducted twice per year with games, rides, a zip line and lots of info. about city services and resources.


PN O H S W O DOWNT MESA VISIT MESA: CITY LIMITLES S “Visit Mesa,” the organization formerly known as the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau, unveiled their long-awaited new brand, Mesa City Limitless. The new brand is designed to carry Mesa into the global market place in an effort to attract visitors and the dollars they bring. The theme is meant to be both geographic and conceptual. The assets that the brand will advertise don’t stop at Mesa’s borders. They include the Tonto National Forest and attractions in the region. The directional arrows are meant to express a dynamic destination with limitless possibilities and opportunities for all visitors. The campaign will be officially kicked off and debuted to the entire community this fall. For more information call Visit Mesa at 480-682-3638.

District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh with Dr. Ruth Tan Lim of the Children’s Benefit Foundation in February 2013. The two were dedicating a Peace Pole, provided by the Mesa Sunrise Rotary, at Mesa City Plaza in February 2013.


MAIN S TR EET O PEN FOR BUS IN ES S as Downtown Light Rail Work Continues

Work to extend light rail from Sycamore to east of Mesa Drive has begun in earnest. If you have driven through the area, you have seen the construction crews --- and the local shops, restaurants and businesses – hard at work. While the construction is ongoing, it is important that we continue to support our local downtown businesses. Parking remains plentiful behind the businesses on Main Street… follow the color-coded signs from 1st Avenue and 1st Street. And, to provide a little incentive, a METRO Max Rewards card can be used for discounts at businesses along the light rail route. In addition, work has also just underway to further extend light rail from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road. For additional information on how light rail is transforming downtown Mesa, please visit www.valleymetro.org/projects_and_ planning/project_detail/central_mesa. And please—shop downtown Mesa!

Shopping downtown tastes good … and supports Mesa’s parks, arts, public safety and more. Great Deals Downtown. Shop Downtown Mesa. Park Once -- Walk Everywhere. It’s Easy Access to Downtown.

District 4 Councilmember Chris Glover with Neighborhood Economic Development Executive Director Terry Benelli at a Neighborhood Leaders Appreciation event in early 2013.


PAR KS AND R ECR EAT I ON I MPROVEMEN TS Through iMesa and by choosing to invest in parks and recreation bonds, Mesa residents told us that quality parks and recreation services and facilities are important. Here is an update on some of the Parks and Cultural-related planning and construction efforts underway: • Riverview Park Transformation –Riverview Park will be a regional destination with construction underway. The park will feature an expanded urban fishing lake (see photo), a splash pad, and a unique playground featuring a 300 linear foot climbing wall that will house a fort and a slide, the world’s tallest rope climber and a one-of-a-kind rope climber being dubbed “big green.” • New parks citywide—This summer and fall, the City will be asking for additional community input on new park concepts planned at McDowell and Recker (see photo), McKellips and Ellsworth, Medina and Hawes, Mesa Jr. High, Mesa High Aquatic Center, and Pioneer Park. • Sports Complex—Community feedback will be underway this summer and fall on concepts to transform Powell Junior High School Fields and the adjacent Kleinman Park to create the West Mesa Sports Complex. • Expansions and renovations -- In addition the City has been acquiring land for the future expansion of Monterey Park; design work is currently underway for renovations of the old Federal Building in Downtown Mesa for expansion of museum space; and over the last 6 months the City has been working with the School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning at Arizona State University to study and design a downtown urban plaza. For more information on these projects and the rest of the 2012 Parks and Recreation Bond Program please visit www.mesaaz. gov/parksrec/Parks_Development.


CITY O F MESA AND U NIVER S ITY CO LLABO R ATIO N S

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As a way to further activate the local presence and services that new and existing universities are providing, Mesa has been pursuing ways to partner and offer collaborations that expand service to our residents. • Mesa has recently entered into an agreement with Arizona State University to create a Mesa Technology Accelerator on the ASU Polytechnic Campus. The accelerator will stimulate the establishment and growth of small technology-based companies in the east valley. • Mesa Counts on College is a partnership among the City of Mesa, Mesa Community College and Mesa Public Schools to increase post-secondary completion in our community. The new AlbrightMesa College and Upper Iowa University are both partnering on this program. The initiative is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. • Benedictine University will use the Mesa Art Center studios to offer fine arts classes – painting/drawing, printmaking, sculpture— starting this fall. • Wilkes University is offering literary workshops at the Mesa Arts Center fall 2013 and spring 2014. Wilkes hopes to bring in nationally known writers and screenwriters to lead these workshops. • Westminster University will open for classes this Fall and is part of the Mesa Center for Higher Education, located on 2nd Street in downtown. • The Mesa Arts Center (MAC) and ASU-Polytechnic partnered to bring the STEAM Machine to the MAC’s “Spark!,” a community festival conducted during spring break.

District 5 Councilwoman Dina Higgins at a May 2012 Prayer Breakfast along with ASU Head Football Coach Todd Graham, keynote speaker at the breakfast. These events bring the faith community together in order to collaborate and respond to important community challenges.


PHO EN IX - MES A G ATEWAY—EX PAN S IONS. N EW JO BS. 1 . 4 M SERV ED. During the last five years, the subdued, former Williams Air Force Base—now the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport—has emerged as a burgeoning economic engine for the Mesa, the east valley and Arizona. This success is based on commercial air flight service, servings as a reliever airport to Sky Harbor, and also in aerospace and manufacturing business growth and jobs. On the commercial flight service side, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway was recently recognized as the fastest growing and safest airport of 2012. Its total passengers for the year was almost 1.4 million people, becoming a true reliever airport to Sky Harbor International. Allegiant Airlines has also been joined by Spirit Airlines, which has further expanded the reach and impact of Mesa across the country. And what started as a handful of destinations in 2007 continues to grow at a pace that is requiring multiple airport terminal expansions.

Able Engineering

At the same time, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway has enjoyed major business and job growth. Companies such as Cessna, Embraer, L-3, and other aerospace companies have contributed significantly to job growth. This year, Able Engineering brought 320 manufacturing jobs to Mesa. The City converted a former US Air Force lab space into “AZLabs,” a space for companies that require a high level of security protocols to conduct their research. And finally, the City and Arizona State University are partnering to open a new technology accelerator near the airport. This will be located at the ASU Polytechnic Campus and is meant to stimulate the establishment of small, technology companies to grow and bring new skills and jobs to Mesa.

District 6 Councilmember Scott Somers celebrates volunteers at a Mesa Arts Center Volunteer Appreciation event at the Mesa Arts Center in January 2013.

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iMES A – CO MMU N ITYD R IVEN R ESU LTS iMesa is a community engagement tool to identify transformative community projects through online input. Nearly 45 ideas have already come to fruition or are in review and planning stages. Some realized ideas include two urban community gardens such as the Mesa Urban Garden; a downtown ‘hacker space,’ HeatSync Labs; and a collaborative, creative workspace called THINKspot; and park-related proposals that resulted in a $70 million parks bond plan. Join the iMesa conversation today at share your ideas for the City at www.mesaaz.gov/imesa


E V ERYDAY S ERVICE F UN FACTS • Did you know that there are more than 200 published authors in Mesa? The library owns more than 300 books by local residents. Check them out! • Last year, Mesa provided over 20 percent of its energy through renewable hydroelectric resources. • The City recycled more than 38,000 tires last year that were used to create asphalt overlay to repair Mesa’s roads. • Mesa’s residents donated more than 320,000 bottles of water this year to help the unsheltered and homeless during the hot summer months. That’s enough to fill two backyard swimming pools!

the Colorado River and groundwater. • On the hottest, driest summer days, water demand in Mesa reaches nearly 120 million gallons. • More than 80 percent of Mesa code violations are closed after voluntary compliance. • A single Mesa code inspector drives 14,000 miles in a year to conduct inspections. • Mesa’s hospitals and medical centers have more than 1,600 hospital beds. • Mesa has recently attracted five new higher education institutions—watch for grand openings this fall.

• You can stream Mesa Channel 11 right from your phone? Stream live.

• More than 46,000 students were enrolled in higher education in Mesa during the spring of 2013.

• During the last year, more than 10,000 volunteers donated nearly 40,000 hours in Mesa, a $570,000 value in donated time. In addition, approximately $13,000 in material and supplies were donated to support community revitalization projects.

• The City of Mesa has once again been recognized by the national non-profit KaBOOM! as one of 217 communities to be named a 2013 Playful City USA.

• Mesa’s street crews painted/ striped more than 5.6 million linear feet of pavement last year. That is equal to 1077 mile—or painting a continuous line from Mesa to Dallas! • Mesa’s Arts Center (MAC) had more than 387,000 people in total participation last year. The MAC’s Arts Education Outreach Program served more than 39,500 people, primarily youth and public school students. • Mesa drinking water comes from three sources: the Salt and Verde River systems,

• Mesa Arts Center beat out the Sydney Opera House for the “Venue Excellence Award” awarded by the International Association of Venue Managers. • Mesa’s Fire Station 219 became the City’s first LEED Gold Certified building this year for its energy and water conservation design. • Mesa residents recycled 5,141 Christmas trees through the Christmas Tree Recycling Program last year. • Mesa is the only city in Arizona with a weekly curbside “green barrel” program for grass, leaves, plant trimmings, tree branches and prunings.


TO TAL CITY BU D G ET BY F UND This chart represents the budget of the City of Mesa for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Different funds make up the budget and specify where money comes from and how it can be spent.

Here are descriptions of these various funds: • GENERAL FUND - This fund represents approximately one-third of the City’s overall budget and is funded through local sales taxes, fees-for-service, enterprise fund transfer and state shared revenues. State shared revenues include Mesa’s portion of the state income tax, the state sales tax and the vehicle license tax. Capital purchases are budgeted in a separate general capital fund. • ENTERPRISE FUND - This fund is derived from fees charged in exchange for municipal goods and services. For example, utility rates collected by the City are part of the enterprise fund. Capital purchases are budgeted in a separate enterprise capital fund. • RESTRICTED FUNDS - These funds have dedicated uses. For example, the cemetery reserve fund is to be used specifically to maintain the cemetery. • GRANT FUNDS - These funds are received by the City from another organization and restricted to specific purposes. Funding could be received from any level of government—federal, state or county—or from a private organization. • TRUST FUNDS - These are funds set up to track the revenues and expenses for the City’s property and liability insurance, worker’s compensation and employee benefits. • DEBT SERVICE FUNDS - These funds are applied to the City’s debt, which is usually accrued through the sale of bonds to pay for capital projects like building maintenance, road repair, electric or gas system upgrades and treatment plant expansions. Debt service also includes the court construction fee, which is collected as a surcharge on court fines and used to pay off the debt incurred in constructing the new court building.


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• BOND FUNDS - These funds are approved by voters for one-time capital construction costs and are therefore restricted to use on those specific voterapproved projects. • CARRYOVER - Carryover represents expenditures anticipated in one fiscal year that ultimately occur in the next fiscal year. These expenditures are broken into the day-to-day operating expenditures and project specific expenditures as part of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Project specific carryovers include both bonded and non-bonded expenditures. • CONTINGENCY - Contingency is used to meet the requirement of City policy, which states that a reserve of between eight and ten percent of the next fiscal year’s expenditures be maintained for the general and enterprise funds. This reserve may be used in case of an emergency or unexpected revenue short fall. It also includes an amount for unanticipated grants, above the required reserve.

TO TAL CITY AVAILABLE R E S O U RCES This chart shows where money used in the budget comes from.

Here are explanations of a few different funding sources: • TAXES - These funds come from sales tax revenues collected when purchases are made within the City of Mesa, bed tax and property tax. The Taxes category also includes use tax on certain goods and services where sales tax has not been collected. • INTERGOVERNMENTAL - These funds include grants, State Shared Sales Tax, Urban Revenue Sharing (state income tax), Vehicle License Tax, Highway User Revenue Fund (gas tax) and other resources from various levels of government. • CARRYOVER - Carryover resources represent monies anticipated to be received in a fiscal year, but due to timing, will not be received until the next year. These carryovers are largely tied to grants and reimbursements.


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• SALES AND CHARGES FOR SERVICE - These monies come from fees-for-service such as utility rates and museum admission fees. • SELF-INSURANCE - The City works under a self-insured system for property and public liability, worker’s compensation and employee benefits. Both employees and the City contribute to the Employee Benefit Trust Fund. Only the City contributes to the Property & Public Liability and Workers’ Compensation funds. • OTHER REVENUES - Other revenue sources include items such as impact fees, sale of city assets, court fines and license fees. • NEW BOND PROCEEDS - New bond proceeds represent additional resources that will be available as the City makes its sale of authorized bonds. These proceeds are considered new because the sale will not have been completed before the start of the fiscal year. The following resources represent funds that are in the City’s possession at the start of the fiscal year because they have already been received. This is in contrast to other resources that are collected throughout the fiscal year. • EXISTING BOND PROCEEDS - City bond sales are typically held in May or June to provide proceeds for use in the next fiscal year. • USE OF FUND BALANCE - At times, revenues received in a prior year are reallocated to the current year’s budget. Fund balance availability can be due to the timing of expenditures, savings in previous anticipated expenses, increases in previous anticipated revenues or funding set aside and allocated for a specific future use. • RESERVES - City policy states that a reserve of between eight and ten percent of the next fiscal year’s expenditures be maintained for the general and enterprise funds. Reserve funding is not allocated to departments.

G E N E RAL F U ND AVAILABLE R E S O U RCES This chart shows where money used in the general fund comes from.


Here are explanations of a few different funding sources: • SALES AND USE TAX - These funds come from sales tax revenues collected from purchases made within the city of Mesa and from use tax on certain goods and services where sales tax has not been collected. • INTERGOVERNMENTAL - These funds include State Shared Sales Tax, Urban Revenue Sharing (state income tax), Vehicle License Tax and other resources from various levels of government; but does not include grants which are in a separate grant fund. • SALES AND CHARGES FOR SERVICE - These funds come from fees-for-service such as museum admission fees and participation in various classes and programs offered by the City. • OTHER REVENUES - Other revenue sources include court fines and license fees. • NET TRANSFER - Net transfer refers to resources transferred between funds. Monies from the enterprise fund transferred make up the major portion. While there are some monies from the general fund that get transferred to debt service, capital funds and restricted funds that are not self-sufficient, the net result is a positive net transfer into the general fund. • USE OF FUND BALANCE - At times, revenues received in a prior year are reallocated to the current year’s budget. Fund balance availability can be due to the timing of expenditures, savings in previous anticipated expenses, increases in previous anticipated revenues or funding set aside and allocated for a specific future use.

G E N E RAL F U ND BU D G ET B Y D E PAR TMENT EX PEN D ITU RES This chart shows how money from the general fund is allocated by breaking down the amount of money given to different departments in the City. The majority of funds are allocated to public safety (This includes Police, Municipal Court, as well as Fire and Medical Services).


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