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Warning of the 95th Annual City Meeting The legal voters of Winooski are hereby warned and notified to meet at the Performing Arts Center, Winooski Education Center on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6:oo o'clock in the evening to discuss, Article Three, Article Four, Article Five, Article Six and to conduct an informational hearing on Australian Ballot questions, and the meeting to be adjourned to reconvene at the Winooski Senior Center, 123 Barlow St., on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 to transact any business involving voting by Australian Ballot to begin at 7:00 o'clock in the morning and to close at 7:00 o'clock in the evening. The legal voters of the City of Winooski are further notified that voter qualification, registration and absentee voting relative to said meeting shall be as provided in Chapter 43, 51, and 55 of Title 17, Vermont Statutes Annotated.
Article One: To elect a Mayor for a term of three (3) years. Article Two: To elect two (2) City Councilors for a term of two (2) years each. Article Three: City Budget Shall the voters of the City of Winooski approve the budget for the Fiscal Year for 2019 in the amount of Six Million, Six Hundred Ninety-Seven Thousand, Nine Hundred Eighty-Eight Dollars and Seventy-Seven Cents ($6,697,988.77)? The amount to be raised from property taxes is Five Million, Three Hundred Eighty Thousand, Five Hundred Twenty-Nine Dollars and Thirteen Cents ($5,380,529.13)?
Article Four: Shall the City Council be authorized to apply for and accept funds from sources other than property taxation, and to expend the same for the benefit of the City in addition to sums for which budget appropriation has been made? (Approval of this article will not impact property taxes.)
Article Five: Bond Vote Shall general obligation bonds of the City of Winooski in an amount not to exceed One Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars ($1,450,000) be issued for planning, design, and construction of capital improvements to the City's wastewater treatment plant, including a new headworks structure housing a mechanical screen and grit removal system and a garage building, at a total estimated cost of $1,450,ooo? Of this funding One Million, Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($1,200,000) is expected to be eligible for funding from the State Revolving Loan Fund for the new headworks improvements. Repayment is intended to come from the enterprise fund, subject to any reduction for applicable state and federal grants-in-aid and any applicable general funds.
Article Six: Shall the City of Winooski enter into an agreement for the formation of a union municipal district to be known as the Chittenden County Public Safety Authority, for the purpose of providing regional emergency dispatch?
Dated at Winooski, Vermont January 29, 2018 Signed: Seth Leonard, Brian Corrigan, Brian Sweeney, Nicole Mace, and Eric Covey
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Honorable City Council City of Winooski 27 West Allen Street Winooski, Vermont 05404 We have audited the financial statements of the City of Winooski, Vermont as of and for the year ended June 30, 2017 and have issued our report thereon dated December 19, 2017. We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in “Government Auditing Standards”, issued by the Comptroller General of the United States. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. In planning and performing our audit, we considered the City of Winooski, Vermont’s internal control over financial reporting (internal control) as a basis for designing our auditing procedures for the purpose of expressing our opinion on the financial statements, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the City of Winooski, Vermont’s internal control. Accordingly, we do not express an opinion on the effectiveness of the City of Winooski, Vermont’s internal control over financial reporting. A deficiency in internal control exists when the design or operation of a control does not allow management or employees, in the normal course of performing their assigned functions, to prevent, or detect and correct misstatements on a timely basis. A material weakness is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control such that there is a reasonable possibility that a material misstatement of the City of Winooski, Vermont’s financial statements will not be prevented or detected and corrected on a timely basis. A significant deficiency is a deficiency, or a combination of deficiencies, in internal control that is less severe than a material weakness, yet important enough to merit attention by those charged with governance. Our consideration of internal control was for the limited purpose described in the second paragraph and was not designed to identify all deficiencies in internal control that might be significant deficiencies or material weaknesses and, therefore, there can be no assurance that all such deficiencies have been identified. In addition, because of the inherent limitations in internal control, including the possibility of management override of controls, misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and not be detected by such controls. We did not identify any deficiencies in internal control over financial reporting that we consider to be material weaknesses. However, material weaknesses may exist that have not been identified.
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December 19, 2017
However, we have noted other matters during our audit as indicated in the accompanying Schedule of Recommendations that are opportunities for strengthening internal control and operating efficiency. We have discussed the recommendations with the staff during the course of fieldwork and some of the recommendations may have already been implemented. This communication is intended solely for the information and use of management, the City Council and others within the City of Winooski, Vermont and is not intended to be and should not be used by anyone other than these specified parties. If you would like to discuss any of the recommendations further, please feel free to contact us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of the City of Winooski, Vermont for their assistance and cooperativeness throughout our audit. It has been a pleasure working with you. Respectfully submitted,
SULLIVAN, POWERS & CO. Certified Public Accountants
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT SCHEDULE OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2017
Deposit Insurance for Bank Accounts As a governmental unit, the City of Winooski receives federal deposit insurance coverage through the National Credit Union Administration of $250,000 for its demand deposits (checking) and $250,000 for its savings and money market deposits. At year end, balances in the Opportunities Credit Union money market accounts exceeded the $250,000 limit by $343,481. One way of providing security for the cash balances exceeding the insured amount is to obtain a collateralization agreement with the Bank. We recommend that the City obtain a collateralization agreement with the Bank to secure deposits in excess of federal deposit insurance coverage in an amount sufficient to cover the largest cash balance during the year. If this is not possible, then the some of the funds should be moved to another bank to ensure they are covered by deposit insurance. Fund Balance and Fund Classifications Governmental Accounting Standards (GASB) Statement No. 54 prescribes requirements for classification of governmental fund types and fund balances. This includes whether a fund should be described as a special revenue fund. Generally, special revenue funds are only used when the proceeds of specific revenue sources are restricted or committed by outside parties. The Cityâ€™s Community Center Fund is funded primarily by rent income and does not appear to meet the criteria for a Special Revenue Fund. The City should evaluate this fund and determine whether it should be an enterprise fund or be combined with the General Fund. Also, the City should review its funds annually and determine if the fund type classification is still appropriate.
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 This document will serve as a narrative overview and analysis of the financial operations of the City of Winooski for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017. This information is to be considered in conjunction with the financial statements and accompanying notes that follow. Overview The City continues to operate from a strong financial position as a result of conservative budgeting and strategic investment. Winooski, in comparison to many other Vermont communities, is seeing active development and in-migration. This development will lead to positive grand list growth over the next year and into the future. With this growth and associated strategic investments in the city, we are poised to continue to fund the operating budget to ensure that we provide high quality municipal services and are able to invest in the City’s infrastructure. This discussion and analysis are intended to serve as an introduction to the City of Winooski’s basic financial statements. The financial statements have three main components – governmentwide presentation, fund presentation, and notes to the financial statements. Government Wide Financial Statements The government-wide financial statements are designed to provide readers with a broad overview of the City of Winooski finances in a way that is more commonly associated with private sector businesses. The statement of net position presents information on all of the City’s assets and liabilities with the difference being reported as net position. Increases or decreases in net position may server as an indicator of if the financial position is improving or deteriorating. The statement of activities presents information demonstrating how the net position changed during the year. All changes to net position are reported as soon as the event giving rise to the change occurs, regardless of the timing of cash flows. This means that revenues and expenses reported in this statement may be for events that will happen in the future such as earned but unused time off for staff or uncollected property taxes. These government-wide financial statements present separately the functions of the City that are primarily supported by taxes and other intergovernmental revenue, governmental activities, from those that are intended to recover all or most of their costs from user fees and charges, businesstype activities. The governmental activities of the City of Winooski include general government, public safety, public works, recreation, parks, community services, rental registry, and public improvements. The business-type activities include the water, water pollution control (sewer), and parking operations. These financials statements can be found in Exhibits A and B of this report. Fund Financial Statements A fund is a grouping of related accounts that is used to maintain control over resources that have been segregated for specific activities or objectives. Towns and governments use fund accounting to ensure and demonstrate compliance with finance-related legal requirements. All funds can be divided into one of three categories: governmental, proprietary, or fiduciary.
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENTâ€™S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 Governmental funds are used to account for essentially the same functions as reported in the governmental activities section of the government-wide financial statements. However, unlike the government-wide financial statements, governmental fund financial statements focus on near-term inflows and outflows of spendable resources and the balances of spendable resources available at the end of a fiscal year. This information is useful when evaluating a governmentâ€™s near-term financing requirements. The focus of governmental funds is narrower than that of the government-wide financial statements so it can be useful to compare the information presented for governmental funds with similar information presented for governmental activities in the government-wide statements. This can give the reader a better understanding of the long-term impact of the governmentâ€™s near-term financing decisions. Both the governmental fund balance sheet and the governmental fund statement of revenues, expenditures, and changes in fund balances provide a reconciliation to ease the comparison between governmental funds and governmental activities. The City of Winooski maintains eight governmental funds including the General Fund, one Capital Fund, and six Special Revenue Funds. Information is presented separately in the governmental fund balance sheet and in the governmental fund statement of revenues, expenditures, and changes in fund balances for the General Fund, TIF Downtown Fund, Community Development Loan Fund, and City Capital Fund which are considered to be major funds. Data from the other governmental funds are combined into a single, aggregated classification. The basic governmental fund financial statements can be found in Exhibits C through E of this report. Individual fund data for each non-major governmental funds is provided in the form of combining statements in supporting Schedules 2 and 3. The City of Winooski maintains the proprietary type fund known as an enterprise fund for the Water Fund, Water Pollution Control (Sewer) Fund, and Parking Fund. An enterprise fund is used to report the same function presented in the government-wide financial statements and they provide the same type of information in more detail. The proprietary fund financial statements provide separate information for the Water Fund, Water Pollution Control (Sewer) Fund, and Parking Fund all of which are considered to be major funds for the City. The basic proprietary fund financial statements can be found in Exhibits F through H of this report. Fiduciary funds are used to account for resources held by the City for the benefit of parties outside the government. Fiduciary funds are not reflected in the government-wide financial statements because the resources of those funds are not available to support government programs. The accounting used for fiduciary funds is much like that used for proprietary funds. The City has no fiduciary funds for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.
Notes to the Financial Statements
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 The notes provide additional information that is essential to a full understanding of the data provided in the government-wide and fund financial statements. The notes to the financial statements can be found immediately following the basic financial statements in this report. Other Information In addition to the basic financial statements and notes this report presents certain supplementary information to provide additional financial information not included in the basic financial statements. This supplementary information includes budgetary comparison statements and combining statements for various funds. The supplementary information can be found immediately following the notes to the financial statements in this report. Government-wide Financial Analysis Summary Statement of Net Position 2017 Governmental Business-type Activities Activities Current & Other Assets $ Capital Assets Total Assets $ Deferred Outflow of Resources Other Liabilities Long Term Liabilities Total Liabilities Deferred Inflows of Resources Net Investment in Capital Assets Restricted Unrestricted Total Net Position
2016 Business-type Activities
7,161,401 25,349,462 32,510,863
3,467,650 22,419,137 25,886,787
10,629,051 $ 47,768,599 58,397,650 $
7,106,727 25,883,574 32,990,301
3,426,164 22,826,973 26,253,137
10,532,891 48,710,547 59,243,438
5,212,078 17,825,380 23,037,458
853,926 811,227 1,665,153
6,066,004 $ 18,636,607 24,702,611 $
4,701,050 19,613,229 24,314,279
882,466 958,012 1,840,478
5,583,516 20,571,241 26,154,757
7,174,294 3,755,687 137,254 11,067,236
21,493,887 237,316 2,503,462 24,234,665
28,668,181 $ 3,993,003 2,640,716 35,301,900 $
6,105,807 3,890,819 219,066 10,215,692
21,739,844 391,185 2,293,907 24,424,936
27,845,651 4,282,004 2,512,973 34,640,628
As noted earlier, net position may serve over time as a useful indicator of a government’s financial position. In the case of the City of Winooski, assets exceeded liabilities by $35,301,900 at the close of the most recent fiscal year. By far the largest portion of the City of Winooski’s net position (81.2%) reflects its investment in capital assets including land, buildings, equipment and infrastructure less any related debt that is still outstanding used to acquire those assets. The City of Winooski uses these capital assets to
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 provide services to its residents; consequently, these assets are not available for future spending. Although the City of Winooski’s investment in capital assets is reported net of related debt it should be noted that the resources to repay this debt must be provided by other sources since the capital assets themselves cannot be used to as payment on these liabilities in most cases. An additional portion of the City of Winooski’s net position (11.3%) represents resources that are subject to external restrictions on how they may be used. The remaining balance of unrestricted net position (2,640,716) may be used to meet the government’s ongoing obligations to citizens and creditors. Included in unrestricted net position are amounts that management has assigned for particular purposes such as capital reserves, programs, and expenditures in subsequent years. At the end of the current fiscal year, the City of Winooski was able to report positive balances in all three categories of net position for the government as a whole, as well as for its separate governmental and business-type activities. The same situation was true in the prior fiscal year. Summary Statement of Activities 2017 Governmental Business-type Activities Activities Revenues Program Revenues Charges for Services Operating Grants & Contributions Capital Grants & Contributions General Revenues Property Taxes and Penalty Unrestricted Investment Earnings Gain/(Loss) on Sale of Capital Assets Other Revenues Total Revenues
1,691,706 239,610 21,296
7,876,961 8,361 1,752 230,453 10,070,139
1,640,503 3,337,445 2,070,019 810,919 241,855 1,207,595 9,308,336
Change in Net Position Before Transfers $ Transfers Change in Net Position $ Net Position - Beginning of Year Net Position - End of Year $
761,803 89,741 851,544 10,215,692 11,067,236
Expenses General Government Public Safety Public Works Culture & Recreation Community Development Interest on Long Term Debt Water Sewer Parking Total Expenses
2,936,884 20,000 -
2016 Governmental Business-type Activities Activities
4,628,590 $ 259,610 21,296 7,876,961 565 8,926 (13,362) (11,610) 230,453 2,944,087 13,014,226 $
2,285,237 194,861 27,555
2,944,881 2,504 -
5,230,118 197,365 27,555
7,124,841 5,433 15,335 69,592 9,722,854
7,124,841 6,241 15,335 69,592 12,671,047
850,351 1,086,899 1,107,367 3,044,617
1,640,503 3,337,445 2,070,019 810,919 241,855 1,207,595 850,351 1,086,899 1,107,367 12,352,953 $
1,442,272 2,994,582 2,104,989 824,413 233,158 907,243 8,506,657
843,464 1,036,038 971,579 2,851,081
1,442,272 2,994,582 2,104,989 824,413 233,158 907,243 843,464 1,036,038 971,579 11,357,738
(100,530) 661,273 $ (89,741) (190,271) 661,273 $ 24,424,936 34,640,628 24,234,665 35,301,901 $
1,216,197 271,523 1,487,720 8,727,972 10,215,692
97,112 1,313,309 (271,523) (174,411) 1,313,309 24,599,347 33,327,319 24,424,936 34,640,628
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 Governmental activities increased the City of Winooski’s net position by $851,544 during the current fiscal year. Net investment in capital assets, net of related debt, increased by $1,068,685. This increase resulted from the net effect of an increase as a result of depreciation exceeding capital outlays, an increase as a result of principal payments on long term bonds and notes, and new debt issuance. Restricted net position decreased by $135,231 primarily due to use of reserves to make payments on the Downtown Project Debt Service during the fiscal year. Unrestricted net position decreased by $81,812 as a result of several offsetting normal factors that influence net position from year to year. Business-type Activities Business-type activities decreased the City of Winooski’s net position by $190,271 during the current fiscal year. This was primarily in the parking fund due to the use of reserves to make major repairs to the parking garage structure. Restricted net position decreased by $153,869 due to the use of aid in expansion reserves of the wastewater/sewer fund being used to slip line sanitary sewers and manholes to reduce storm water infiltration exceeding the new aid in expansion fees paid for development in the current fiscal year. Financial Analysis of the Government’s Funds As noted earlier, the City of Winooski uses fund accounting to ensure and demonstrate compliance with finance-related legal requirements. Governmental Funds The focus of the City of Winooski governmental funds is to provide information on near-term inflows, outflows, and balances of spendable resources. Such information is useful in assessing the City of Winooski’s financing requirements. In particular, unassigned fund balance may serve as a useful measure of a government’s net resources available for spending at the end of the fiscal year. At the end of the current fiscal year the City of Winooski’s governmental funds reported combined ending fund balances of $3,919,277, an increase of $762 in comparison to the prior year. Of this total amount $224,400 is nonspendable (prepaid expenses and inventory) and $1,562,883 is restricted to indicate it is not available for discretionary spending. These restrictions are generated by external sources including grant agreements, statutes, or bond covenants. Of the remaining amount $1,180,614 has been assigned for various purposes but may be reassigned at the option of the governing body. The remaining $951,379 is unassigned and available for spending at the governing body’s discretion. The general fund is the chief operating fund of the City of Winooski. At the end of the current fiscal year unassigned balance in the general fund was $951,379 and assigned balances were $478,354. As a measure of the general funds liquidity it may be useful to compare both unassigned fund balance and total fund balance to total general fund expenditures and transfers. Unassigned fund balance represents 14.3% of the general fund expenditures and transfers, while total fund balance represents 25.0% of the same amount.
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 The fund balance of the City of Winooski’s general fund increased by $227,299 during the current fiscal year. Key factors in this change are as follows: • •
The City has several vacancies in the public works department for extended periods of time resulting in salary and benefit savings of approximately $90,000. The Clerk’s Office made a concentrated effort to collect delinquent tax payments and received $112,000 of unanticipated collections
Special revenue funds consist of the City of Winooski TIF Downtown Fund, Community Development Loan Fund, the O’Brien Community Center, Justice Center Grant Fund, JAG Fund, and Asset Forfeiture Fund. The TIF Downtown funds are restricted by bond covenants and state statute. The Community Development Loan Fund is restricted by grant close-out agreements. The O’Brien Community Center is currently restricted by outside donors. The Justice Center and JAG funds are restricted by grant agreement. The Asset Forfeiture funds are restricted by Federal regulations. The City’s TIF district, created by legislation in 2000, has seen significant development as a result of the public investment in downtown parking, streets, sidewalks, water, sewer, and storm water systems. Revenues are generated from the tax increment in the downtown TIF district. The base tax values from the original properties remain in the General Fund and the increment funds the expenses within this Fund. Additional revenues come from 98% of the Education taxes collected from that same base, ground leases, land sales, and parking revenue in excess of the cost of the parking garage operating and maintenance needs. The municipal debt continues to be paid down by the tax increment collected. This fiscal year we saw a property owner lapse in payments on a ground lease as well as delays in progress on the last remaining parcels for development. The City is working with this property owner to ensure lease payments are received. Additionally, the City is in active talks with property owners and other developers to plan for the full build out of the TIF district. With progress made on these efforts, the District will generate enough revenue to retire the debt as scheduled. The Community Development Loan Fund saw minimal activity during the current fiscal year. There are several active loans that are continuing to be repaid with administrative fees for the program covered by these funds. No new loans were granted by the Housing Improvement Program of this fund and the Winooski Small Business Loan Program is still in the planning stages for the administration of any future awards. The O’Brien Community Center continues to be an important gathering place in the community. However, current market and agreement based rents cannot cover the operations and debt costs. When the Center was built, commitments were made that the building would generate enough revenue to pay its costs and provide the City with enough revenue to make up for the taxes lost when the building was in private hands. This has not been the case, and is not likely in the foreseeable future. As revenues are not covering the cost of operations, our Auditors have recommended moving this service area into the General Fund and efforts are underway to do this for the 2019 fiscal year. In fiscal year 2017, this special revenue fund used $22,442 in reserves to operate.
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENTâ€™S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 The Community Justice Center is primarily funded through a grant from the State Department of Corrections and provides important services to the residents of Winooski. This fiscal year expenses were lower than projected in part to the time taken to conduct a hiring process for part time staff which led to a carryforward of unused grant funds of $50,522. The City continues to work with our state government and regional partners to ensure these programs continue. The JAG grants are only used for equipment purchased using grant funds. In general revenues and expenses should be equal for this fund. In fiscal year 2017 we used the funds to purchase Taser equipment for department use. The Asset Forfeiture fund revenues are received primarily as proportionate shares of cases worked by the Winooski Police. These funds may only be used for items that supplement our Police Department and may not be used to supplant any funding provided by the general government. The City primarily uses these funds for criminal investigations or additional training capacity. The City of Winooski maintains a single Capital Fund for governmental capital projects. The projects for this fund are approved on an annual basis by the governing body to the City. Major projects completed during the fiscal year included full reconstruction of Maple Street from Weaver to Main Street, full reconstruction of Lapointe Street from Lafountain Street to Gamelin Court, and the complete roof rehab on the Fire Station. Debt repayments are currently included within the Capital Fund. Proprietary Funds The City of Winooskiâ€™s proprietary funds provide the same type of information found in the government-wide financial statements, but in more detail. Unrestricted net position totaled $672,742 for the Water Fund, $1,399,664 for the Sewer Fund, and $431,056 for the Parking Fund. The change in net position for Water was an increase of $27,387, for Sewer and increase of $13,373, and for Parking a decrease of $231,031. Other factors concerning the finances of these funds have already been addressed in the discussion of businesstype activities. General Fund Budgetary Highlights The detailed general fund budget approved by voters as adjusted by Council and Manager is reflected in Scheduled 1. The actual expenditures from this budgetary comparison differ from those reported as general fund in the fund financial statements due to the combining of some other programs supported by fees with the general fund for financial reporting purposes. The fund balance for these programs are reported in the fund financial statements as assigned balances. The programs combined with the General Fund for reporting purposes include the operating reserve, reimbursable activities, public art program, community service programs, rental registry program, and hazmat reserve. Differences between budgeted and actual amounts for the General Fund as approved by voters and amended by Council and Manager can be summarized as follows:
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 • • • • • • •
The Clerk’s Office made a concentrated effort to collect delinquent tax payments and received $112,000 of unanticipated collections. Approximately $28,000 in additional permits were received during the year as part of increasing development in the City Special Detail payments for police officers was over by $104,000 due to additional grants received and the assignment of an officer to the drug task force $186,910 was overspent on wages in the Police expense budget due to additional wages needed to fill shifts for officers fulfilling grant duties City Council approved and additional transfer of $140,150 of FY16 reserves to the Capital Fund The City has several vacancies in the public works department for extended periods of time resulting in salary and benefit savings of approximately $90,000. The City has wage and benefit savings of $49,548 resulting from the use of existing staff to serve interim roles during the City Manager search conducted during the fiscal year
Capital Asset and Debt Administration Capital Assets The City of Winooski’s investment in capital assets for its governmental and business-type activities as of June 30, 2017 totaled $28,668,181 net of accumulated depreciation and related debt. This net investment in capital assets includes land, buildings and improvements, vehicles and equipment, roads, bridges, and other infrastructure, water and wastewater distribution and collection systems, the parking garage, and construction in progress. The net investment in capital assets increased by 17.5% for governmental activities and decreased 1.1% for business-type activities. Major capital asset events during the fiscal year included the following: • • • • • •
Slip lining of sanitary sewer and manholes totaling $235,772 Financing of a new MVII sidewalk snowplow for $122,340 The Vermont Agency of Transportation completion of safety improvements to the Winooski rotary and donation of install assets to the City totaling $85,375 for fencing, lighting and rapid flash pedestrian crossing signal Full reconstruction of Maple Street from Weaver to Main Street and of Lapointe Street from Lafountain Street to Gamelin Court for $143,830 Complete roof rehab on the Fire Station for $29,400 New Fire Department Utility Truck purchase for $55,590
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 2017 2016 Governmental Business-type Governmental Business-type Activities Activities Total Activities Activities Total Land $ 2,241,446 647,573 2,889,019 $ 2,241,446 647,573 2,889,019 Building and Improvements 6,589,638 6,589,638 6,518,743 6,518,743 Vehicles, Machinery, and Equipment 3,290,575 1,826,138 5,116,713 3,157,188 1,804,178 4,961,366 Infrastructure 33,397,007 33,397,007 33,189,065 33,189,065 Distribution and Collection Systems 18,213,557 18,213,557 17,977,785 17,977,785 Parking Garage 15,284,213 15,284,213 15,276,752 15,276,752 Construction in Progress 59,933 113,593 173,526 Total Assets $ 45,578,599 36,085,074 81,663,673 $ 45,106,442 35,706,288 80,812,730
Additional information on the City of Winooski’s investment in capital assets can be found in note IV.D. of the notes to the financial statements Long Term Debt At the end of the current year, the City of Winooski had total long-term debt outstanding of $20,457,897. Of this amount $16,441,126 is TIF related debt that is to be repaid using the tax increment generated by properties within the district and any other related revenues as specified in the bond and promissory notes. The City of Winooski’s total debt decreased by $1,913,740 during the year, reflecting repayments on existing debt of $2,036,080, and new capital lease debt of $122,340 for the purchase of the MVII sidewalk snowplow. State statutes limit the amount of bonded debt any governmental entity may issue to 10 times its total assessed valuation. The current debt limit for the City of Winooski is $5,656,661,830 which is significantly in excess of the City’s outstanding bonded debt. Bonds are issued through the Vermont Municipal Bond Bank. The City issues no bonded debt on its own behalf and does not maintain its own credit rating. Additional information regarding the long term debt of the City can be found in note IV.G. of the notes to the financial statements. Economic Factors and Next Year’s Budgets and Rates • • • • •
2.2% COLA estimated in FY19. FY18 budget was built assuming a 1.5% COLA which actually came out as 2.7% Police and DPW contracts were recently settled including increases to pay Health insurance increasing by 10.79% for January 2018 Modest Grand List growth of .8%
All of these factors were considered in the preparation of the City of Winooski’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year. The City of Winooski approved a general fund budget for fiscal year 2018 in the amount of $6,269,885. This represents an increase of 59,790 or .96% over the approved budget for the previous year. This does not includes the budgets for programs supported by fees, special
CITY OF WINOOSKI, VERMONT MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS JUNE 30, 2017 revenue funds, or proprietary funds. No rate increases were approved for the Water or Wastewater Funds while the Parking Fund increases were limited to those outlined in existing contracts. Requests for Information This financial report is designed to provide a general overview of the City of Winooski, Vermont’s finances for all those with an interest in the City’s finances. Questions concerning any of the information provided in this report or requests for additional financial information should be addressed to the City Treasurer, City of Winooski, 27 West Allen Street, Winooski, VT 05404.
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