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Title: Gainesville Citizen's Report
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Title: Gainesville Citizen's Report
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Publisher: City of Gainesville Finance Department
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2004
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents
    Your city and your government
        Page 1
    Your city commission
        Page 2
    Your charter officers
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Departments
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
    Financial condition and reporting
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
    Advisory boards and committees
        Page 20
    Citizen's opinion survey
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
    Contact numbers
        Page 25
    Back Cover
        Back Cover
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President George I\\ Bush stops offin Cainestilleon
SOctober 31, 2004, during his campaign.






Report to tle Citizen ..... inside front co\er
l iu r C itN . . . . . . I
1oiur Go erninent ..................... I
our Cior Coiiiiiiission ................ .2
oiur Clharter Officers ............... .3-4
Departm ents ................. .5-12
Financial Condition
and Reporting ................ .13-19
Citizens' Ad isorn Boards
and Cornnittees ................. .20
Citizen's Opinion Sune ................ 21
Contact Nuimbers ........ inside Iack coier


Sj//. /'*'/t/ was prepared to inform residents about the Citr of
(,ainesville, its i: pel ri:,i s. services, pi 'i"l an s. and financial condition.
It is suital.le for those readers who prefer an o\le \ ie\, or summary of
( iry government and financial c :iriditiri i
The f':llo: iJr- l:,a"es provide brief descriptive iri li: Iln aionr a. Irt your
,i: \ ernment's organizational structure and i1 1:. t.l t sl uci tie i elates
to the services provided totlhe I esident t of Gainesville. -,inesl ille
Re'iiio:nl _itilitieis iGRlIi information is included in this report but in
a condensed format. GRU, a major component of our organization,
issues a separate report in compliance with its bond requirements.
--.-- The IT-e111i it it i-(l- 11ti i iIjl pil l--i letd liere tshi summarized form and
does not substitute for the City's Comprehensive Annual Fhl 11 il
Report (CAFR). The CAFR outlines the City's filricial p^irii:Sl i and
operating activities for each year in great detail :n id in conformity with
generally accepted accounting principles. This Citizen's Report,
because of its summary nature, does not conform to generally accepted
accounting principles and associated reporting standards set forth by
'-pliti .-ble governing bodies. Some statistical information is from the
City s Finliidcial arnd Operating Plan (annual budget). Eo:tlhi e tbudj-eti
and the CAFR have received awards for-outstanding financial reporting
from the Government Finance Officers Association. City documents
are available at the Alachua County Library. You may also find other
information regarding the City, including this Citizen's Report, on the
City's website.
........ www.cityofgainesville.org .
In keeping with our commitment to excellence, we proudly present
this report to you. We hope this report will give you a better under-
S-standing of the sei \ ices the City provides, its accomplishments, and
its overall financial condition. We welcome your comments and
suggestions to improve our presentation. .


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City Auditor City Manager Clerk of the
Commission


Equal General
Opportunity Manager
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.1/ //:, F q" 1 Gaiill, ille. Florida is the county
seat Iand lI est city in Alachua County. The Cir s
Itouintled iln I .'4 and incorporated in 1869. There are
apl:lt:o\iIlitel\ 54.05 s:luai le miles of laiid inside the
corporate b:iiiuilat ies of the City. As of April 1. 2004,
the C it\ 's ost recent population estimate made by the
SBureau of Et::n,:i liii: lnid Business, Research at the
lUnii\eilsi\ of Florida was 117,754. ..
G.aiines\ ille is a beautiful and progressive city, a
-leader in promoting intelligent, suLstaiI -able growth.
A dense canopy of trees justifies the description6of
Gainesville as a "city in a forest." For the 21st consec-
utive year, the National Arbor Day Foundation
honored Gainaesville-as a "ree C it\ USA."




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1l/' 11/ '///l/// has operated under a
Commission-Manager form of government since
1927. The City Commission is responsible tir: enrui t-
ing the ordinances and resolutions that govern the
City. The City Manager, who is appointed by the City
Commission, is responsible for the operations and
management of all departments of City government
except those controlled by other charter officers. The
City M rlei implements the policy directives of the
-City Commission. The current organizational struc-
ture is depicted to the left.
Gainesville provides its residents with a wide variety
of municipal services including ipl::liie t id ll Iii :t: ti*:rtl-.,
comprehensive land use phlalliini and zoning services,
cU::tle eliit:il :eliel-t. and neighborhood iilll \ elllielnt
.:insti L: ti. ,i and maintenance of the City's iill uS Lit:-
ttiue iIe signi ii:l nt on-going services as are the planning
A' lld e 'iio1i,,l1ofthetiallCi el-,111n-iee111i-'1 s r\ sel]is C i ltilal
OF:I":,lUlitiies. nature tiils pafcks and recreation
programs that ii it lude c l iil pi:irl iSl i:ip golf course help
make Gainesville one of the most livable cities in the
nation. Gainesville provides refuse removal arl i e- -
cling services through a c9otract with a franchised
Scom nreciar operator. The City owns and operates a
regional transit system sel\ ini' the communityt, the


Gainesville is :ii ilne to the University of Florida, the
State's leading research instituti,:iii. and Santa PFe-
Community Co:lleje i provider of excellent professional
and vocational education. Gainesville has onie -ofthe
largest medical c :,liilunitiesi in tie Southeastern U.S.,
and is a center fr commerce, a t. nid i: ultiie in North
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University of Florida, and a portion of unincorporated
Alachua County. The City also provides the administrative
services to suppI:' t' these activities. Th pi e:edirill, services ..
the direct supervision and leadership of the City
Manager.
'Gaineslille i ns n iI 'operates I tgiionl electric
water, wastewater, natural gas, and telecommunication A
utilities system. The General Manager for Utilities, who A '
reports directly to the City Commission, oversees the ut- ilf- ,
ity operations. c st
The C it\ s financial statements are (,oi alni ed 1:,n tdie ------ r1h
basis of funds eatil of which are considered a separate V
ai:t i::Luti g entity. Government resources are allocated to,
and accounted for, in individual funds. They are based
upon the ]Apu ll :,ses for which the\ are to be spent iid the
means by which spending activities are controlled. The City s
funds can be divided into three categories; governmental .... .
funds, proprietary funds, alind iluciaiC ltiln i ds,
T Tlhe Ioll,:Iki ilig pages plj:i\ iTde descriptive information
about the ii iji:i se ic:s aN id programs of each City depart-
Ilierit Is i. ell as an overview of tlie Cit\ s fund structure .
and the resources thit finance those services and
programs .
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by this Citiz ens Report, the lio Ci. pmissiir
was ciiiu i ied I. six commissioners and the
mayor. Four o issioels are elected from
sirle-me el dnii tricts. The nIma,:Al ad:twoo
-commmissioners are elected CitN ile The
City Charter p. .ilibitrs ,e, utiveervice
o.1 the ( itr Commission for n ,l e 11-01r, rtWo
three-year terms.
Your City Commission adopts the City's
budget, sets the nilla,_e rate aid adopts the
ldiai,,i: eS and resolutions, which are our
local laws and policies. The cmini issi,:,-s
are ultimately IeSl:.,,,sitle to the residents of


S.The City Commission appoints the City's
six charter officers. The functions of these
officers are described on the following pages.
r Pro Temn Toni Domenech U ..-
(At Large); Commissioner A7 ELECTED OFFICI$LS
een Hanrahan (AtLarge); TOTAL EXPENSES $253,594
Commissioner Ed Braddy
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CITYMANAGER------ 1
Tlhe itr MTIajJei is the admin-
istiti\ rie ead of City government.
responsible for tle Hradrtiiiiit ii.. i i
of all lepii tiiientsi except for those --
u-nderfthe clilecti:ii o ri: the i h -el --
charter otlici els The City Manager's
olliitce r:\e sees all Jieni al r govern-
mn11lt -i programs and sen\iites,
is responsible for enforcing all City
laws, ordinances and policies, acts
as purchasing agent for the City,
prepares the ibudtet i ad performs
other duties as assigned by the City
Ci:,lmissi:in These tasks are
a:::,iiil:Iisli el tlin h the selection Barbara Lips
and supervision of the Assistrut itin -.-.. city.M
Manager, Administrative Services
Director, Police and Fire Chiefs, Public Works Director,
Community Development Director, and Human
Resources Director.
5 BUDG ET POSITIONS .I C..
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,121,353

CITY ATTORNEY
The City Ator rie is i thie i:iie legal ,:,ffiiier for the City of
Gaini iesr ille The City Attorney's Office provides legal advice
and counsel to the City, its elected and appointed officials,
its Boards, Departments, and Agencies, including
Gainesville Enterprise Zone Development Agency, the Board
of Trustees of the Employees'Pension Plan, I he ( oi:in lnit
Redevelopment Agency, the Gainesi i lle Code Enforcement
E:.,ud rie Nuisiane ateriiimentr Board, and the Board of
Adjustment. The City Attorney's Office also prosecutes
municipal ordinance violation and civil citations.
Additionally, the City Attorney's Office 1:ne:i r esl: d ',:,ii
approves all contracts, bonds, and :thiei instruments in
vy, itini iin ~ I iicI the Cit\ is concerned, and renders opin-
iOn s ilpi:.ii questions of law.
13 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTL EXPENSES $1,440,458 --


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CITY AUDITOR
SThe City Auditor is responsible for
assisting the City C:iIissi,:ini in all
its, accountability functions and
performing judits -of-CiN organi-
ztiln,-l, programs, fu-iii isiA-,i and-
activities. The mission of the City
Auditor's Office is to pii on: tre honest,
effective, and lull\ accountable City
:\ et i niien This is accomplished by
providing timely, objective, accurate
inf o,.niti: ab.:uit IIhaIt ldel), tllmenits
and programs are doing and how they
could do it better. By providing this
information, the City Auditor's Office
helps t: hjld government account-
able in its sten a.:l lipl of the public
i ulst iand assists tlihe City Commission


and management in using, i es:iiu ic esr to maximize effective-
ness and productivity.
4.5 BLIDGETED POSITIONS ... .
TOTAL EXPENSES $395.192

CLERK OF THE COMMISSION------
The Clerk of the Commission attends and records the
proceedings of all Cir C,:iIinissi:,in meetin.1 is responsible
for the preparation of City C.: uiiii.siiiin airendas and
minutes, and provides administrative support to the'-
Mayor and the City Commission.
The Clerk affixes thle Ci\ Seal to all olii ,ial ildo: u
ments, and maintains the City s vitafrecords, ordinances,
and resolutions. The Clerk publishes the City's notice of
public meetings and facilitates the appointment process to.
City advisory boards and committees. The Clerk updJtes
information for the Clerk and C,:,missii:iin web pages,
-publishes legal" notices records official documents, and
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provides i-se a.rl:T for information requests of public
records.
This year the Clerk's Office introduced a new Legislative
Portal, which gives residents a ieatel access t: aeJnr idas
minutes, back-up material, and the legislative history of
agenda items on the web. ."".
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TOTAL EXPENSES $684,794 -. .


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EQUAL OPPORTUNITY DIRECTOR
The Equal 171i:1:.i truit\ i i ice is:' iiiis in l responsible
fpr receiving and ii esrti, rin, i- Cinip-lai its of discrimina-
tion that Jllerle Iunla- tinl pl a: ticies in employment, fair
housing, fair credit,"or public ii :: iiix : nl:l ti,:i is itlhill
the city limits of Gainesville. The offii: e| :Tllislies and
disseminates public ini t:i itin-- i iiind educational materi-
Sals and p:n \ i:les ,ssistin:e .to c itizentis in all matters related
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GENERAL MANAGER
FOR UTILITIES


N The General Manager for tnrilities- overeesthe iopei .-
% Ah tions of the City's utilities system, doing business as
S Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU GRU provides elec
tric, natural gas, water, wastewater, and telei-: C1 lli:tiln ii ji. ii
services to the greater Gainesville area. Approximately
87,000 residential and commercial customers receive one
SO more of these sen iiies \di iio illi GRU provides
L wholesale electric en ii:e a nid letaJil inijtiujl gasservice
to the City (. / l ,l aJi i nd through equity ownership
in The Energy Au thiloi it\ T E N) buys and sells wholesale
Si eine~ on the national market. Marketing enet li tl h ough
S TE\ G 'elps keeppi icesIr' 1,rf. rof.,r-iO l:cal I tn' -liii.ii s i .
The Gainesville City C,:miuiiissii,:,i serves as GRU's
Board of Directors arnd the residents of
-.. --. Gainesville, GRUcs itizeri owners, receive a
return on their inrii\st-lnii itn the form of City
Services. GRU's revenues are transferred to the
City's Gene iial Fuiil dbya j' l: teitnl.ied formula.
S Th-eser funds support vital City services, including
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police and fire protection. During the past year, GRU
provided the General Fund with $27 million. These funds
represent almost one third of the City's annual General
Fund budget. .... -----" .
For more than a year, GRU has engaged its custQmers
in planning for our community's flutul etnel!t needs.
Because the demand for electric generation will exceed
supply bythe 2012 timeframe, GRU staff and consultants
have diligently studied the best ways to meet this need,
while carefully considering customer feedback. Customers
urged us to keep electric rates affordable and voiced
c .:oit:ein about the necessity of conserving irene2\ and
l:':'iite: I tin, e environment. Both f these concerns xe te
addressed in a Proposed Plan presented to the City
Commission in January, 2005.
Citizens interested in a full accounting of GRU's
budget may request a copy of the GRU Annual Report for
2'i3-20014 h\ calli ii i(352) 393 -11 41' io b\ isit-in, our
website at www.gru.com.


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The Equal Opl': tuiiniti Office is also responsible for
ensuring equal access to Cit\ o:t GaCiiiesille services,
programs, atti:itir.es and employment for all qualified
persons. Addi:essinri underutilization of women and
i'u in:t ities n itl-i the City's workforce isan: l-oi i,-g process.
Wolklin t:1. i dentif anid hipreient programs&based on
dii ei s'it at all levels of the organization is a f4c l point.
6 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTIL EXPENSES $416,291*.










t //// / / p reports directly to the City Manager and acts in place
of the City Manager during his or her alsenice. Tle Assistant City Manager o\ ei see- adlllllnStl t\ I a;tl\ ities
and functions of the following departments: Building Inspection, Cultural Affairs, Economic De\ elopmllent.
Facilities Management, and Recreation and Parks. In addition, the Assistant Cit\ Managei is also responsi-
ble for coordinating the City's federal grant lobbying efforts. The Assistant City Manager's adininiisti ti\ e
expenses are included in the Cit\ Ma nareil's budget.


BUILDING INSPECTION
The Building Inspection Department promotes safety
by erifl:i:irni the following Codes for new and existing
buildings: the National Electric Code, the Fl,:ii id:li Euil:lii
Code, the International Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel
Gas Code, the Florida Fire Prevention Code and the Life-
Safety Code. The derl:i nle it provides a review service for
owners and developers who can request permits by fax,
known as Fast Track Permit review. Customers can pay
for these services by cash, check, or major credit cards.
Inspections are done within 24 hours of the request to
provide efficient service delivery. The department's First
Step De\ elol:p iienli \ssis~tr.ii Center provides a convenient
one-stop location where a resident or developer may receive
permitting and development review assistance. Services
include Public Works, Planning, Building, Utilities, and
Life Safety. The Department processed over 10,000 permits
in 2004, ieplesei itii g $329 i11illi:on in-1 buitl -iIR \ alIajti,:,-i
20 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,273,582

CULTURAL AFFAIRS
The Del:'i t1i ient of Cultural Affairs (DCA) is committed
to providing a range of services that increase access to the
arts for all City residents and visitors. The department assists
in the development and marketing of cultural tourism,
including nature and heritage tourism, and serves as the
Local Arts Agency for Alachua County. City and County
grants are administered b) tlhe DCA, and technical assistance
is provided to non-profit cultural organizations throughout
the c :iiunt\
Major award-winning festivals like the H.:,Jreti:,i I e
l [edie\ ai l Faire and the Downtown Festival and Art Show,
which now illi:,:. I ::'-its Jazz Festival, bring joy to visitors
while showcasing local and regional talent. The "Let's Go
Downtown" series from April to October, the New he:a s E \ e
Downtown Countdown, and the celebration of Natio:rl
Black Music Month bring families to the revitalized center
of town. Thomas Center Galleries, the ARTSREACH


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Looney Lucy, one of the many Street Characters at the
Hoggetowne Medieval Faire.


exhibits at City Hall the County Administration Building,


I i:i me n rArport promote me nign qualiy o0 v
found lthl,:iuhi:urt the c0:4iiu1itiii and allow ac
exhibits by a larger audience.
The department operates several historic I
tl e Will ie I mi i i Johnson Resource Center, Tend
Artist Studios, and the Thomas Center. Visual
offered low-rent studios at the Tench Buil
performing Il tists have up to foil :I:-sl:.:i s':l e
yeail t tlhe Thomas Center.
Website: www.gvlculturalaffairs.org
16.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,980,442

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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urban development and iedel elo:l:lient Citywide.
Department activities are intended to nurture and i :iw\
local enterprises, expand and diversify the existing
economic base, and attract new business entities to the
community. Each of these activities are pursued with the
obje: ti\6 e :f sustaining the City of Gainesville's exceptional
quality of life t1li:iughl an accentuation of the City's
economic assets (land, labor, capital, and ent iel: eneuI ship)
Specific projects supported by the department include:
(1) :diiiinirstl ti: ii of the City of Guiine~ ille s Enterprise
Zone Program which i:''i:o ides incentives to businesses
located in the Enterprise Zone's three geographical sub-areas;
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Enterprise Center, a business incubator; (3) development
of City o ne:d I I:i'':'le tv located at the Airport Industrial
Parl,; (4) eating as a po ject liaison for the business and
development community x\ ith \ ,i i:,Ius Cit\ agencies; (5)
participating in joint economic development activities with
various external public and private organizations; and,
(6) promotion of small business dlet ell:piiie it Cit\-i i:le
3 BU DGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $370,994

FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
Facilities Management is responsible for the maintenance
and upkeep of over 80 City buildings. This responsibility
includes providing heating and A/C iaiiriterriii :e. i:aint-
ing, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, rener~il I el:ail s. and
c Lust:lidi l ser\ ite>-
During the past year the department provided construc-
tion project management services for the construction of
the new Downtown S,:utl-, est Quadrant Parking Facility.
In the upcoming year the department will be providing
construction project management services for the construc-
tion of the Reichert House and for the replacement of
several large roofs including Thomas Center "A and B" and
the Police Department.
One of the long-range goals for the Department is to fully
implement and develop an energy evaluation program for
all General Government buildings and to identify and
i istll Ienel i!T saving devices.
28 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $2,099,128

RECREATION AND PARKS
Fiscal Year 2004 has been a very busy and e\i:iti il e:l
in the Recreation Division. The year kicked off with the
opening and dedication of the new 6,000 square-foot
Eastside Recreation Center at Cone Park, located on East
University Avenue near Morningside Nature Center.
Aquatics enjoyed iiin:Itliel siitessful 1:1:0:1 se1s,:ii with
safety continuing to be a major focus. The City received the
highly coveted Platinum Aquatic Safety Award for the 3rd
consecutive year. Less than 10% of all communities nation-
wide reitei\ e this prestigious award.
The Athletics j:,i:,,ijls served over 5,000 youths
including baseball, fast-pitch softball, football, basletbrlll.
and indoor soccer. Adult sports continued their strong
showing this year, with indoor soccer, volleyball, basket-
ball, and co-ed and ient's softball leagues.
The Teen Zone Pi :g i ili began at Westwood Middle
School in 2004. This is a structured recreation program for
middle school students as a result of tremendous work and
planning 1\ the City, County, and School Board. Look for
expansion of this program in 2005 as grants and additional
Cit) County lfuind inig enables this beneficial program to
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Volunteers pick up air potatoes at Brentwood School during the 5th Annual Great Air Potato Round- Up.


The Nature O:IpeItir:iIrs Division (NOD) acquires,
develops, manages, and maintains natural areas and green
spaces throughout the City. The Division conducts envi-
ronmental land assessments on undeveloped City land as
well as a wide variety of natural resource management
practices, such as prescribed burns, plant and animal
inventories, ard Ir:-ii -ti e pest plant removal. Nature
Operations also develops and delivers standards-based
curriculum-enrichment environmental education programs
for Alachua County schools, preschool programs, adult
and community education programs, and school break day
camp l:"'. .-i"is MI':e tl- ri 30 00 \ isitr:, s enjoyed visits
t:, :irie i:i ii,:,i e NOD properties during the year, enjoying
some of Florida's best birding, wildflower viewing, and
hiking on more than twelve miles of trails through some
of Gainesville's most pristine flatwoods, sandhills, and
wetlands.
Over 38,000 l:Auii:ld of golf were played at Ironwood
during a very rainy year. Ironwood continued to be the
home golf course for some of the local high schools. Also,
over 50 tournaments were held at Ironwood as fund raisers
for local community groups and private o:i :.,iiziti :11
Ironwood continued its involvement with the Special
Oliii'pii:s hosting a training session for coaches and
athletes alike.
F.:,i fis:l \e:u 2005, Ironwood installed 10,000 linear feet
of ci t 1:,atrl completed in January 2005. Ii:n I:d iii:
has a i C:i tir.u:Ous loop of concrete cart paths which will
give a smoother ride and more enjoyable golfing experience.
The Parks Division is responsible for much more than
just parks. In addition to maintaining the Cit\ s 37 parks,
the Division provides ground ilia irnteIcii: f:il the Thomas
Center, City Hall, and the Downtown C:liMinuiiit\ Plaza,
as well as numerous medians, islands, and parking lots
;iu 1o d t:. n They operate the historic Evergreen Cemetery,


maintaining the grounds, keeping rei:i: d1 s ad selli i pl.l..s.
and overseeing burials. They also care for the city's tree
canopy, adding 1,000 trees a year through our Tree-
mendous Tree Planting program. The City received its 21st
consecutive award for meeting the criteria of "Tree Cit\
USA", recognizing .:i kise uia liii forest management
programs.
In 2004, the Parks Division completed development and
landscaping of Fred Cone Park, landscaping on historic
NE 1st Street and began planning for the landscaping of
the new medians along NE 3rd Avenue as well as plans for
decorative pedestrian lighting at Sweetwater Park.
94 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $7,932,880


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* FINANCE
The Finance Depl:i 'eii eit's primary responsibilities
Share to safeguard the City's assets, ensure maximum
utilization of revenues, provide financial support to operat-
ing departments, and report accurate and timely financial
information to the City Commission, management, and
residents of the i:iniiiii iit\ The department offers general
S:1:11tiii treasury, revenue recovery, grant fiscal coordi-
f nation, and procurement services to City depai hit itrts This
includes providing financial analyses upon request, the
preparation of the Comprehensive Annual Financial
iRepi: t Iillin I 2 i l nit :lleiti: : if revenue, administration
and billing of occupational taxes, and processing of payroll
a11:id a:ii: utts i:'a .ble In addition, the department oversees
[he ::,: lidnati,:r o: t all Cit\ ::ii :l asirn cash and invest-
ment management, p:iensi:,iioi iitnarilemerit. debt iia age-
ment, mail services, and the disposition of all surplus prop-
erty through public auction.
45.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $2,774,366


FLEET MANAGEMENT
The Centralized Fleet Management Department is
responsible for the adiiiiiiistratiorii. repair, and iairite-
nance of the City's fleet (GRU and General Government),
with the exception of the Regional Transit System (RTS)
vehicles. This diversified fleet contains 1,464 primary vehi-
cles and 110 pieces of secondary equipment, which
includes fire apparatus, police vehicles, construction
equipment, aerial bucket trucks, trucks of various sizes,
and sedans. Services are provided through two major
garages, two satellite facilities, and a field service truck.
Fleet Management operates as an Internal Service
Fund, where all expenditures are recovered through a
charge-back system to the user departments. The procure-
ment and disposition of all City vehicles (except RTS) are
coordinated through Fleet Management. A Fleet
Retl:liteniiei it Fund was established to allow for the timely
retirement of General Government's fleet. The department
embraces a team concept, which creates an environment
for creativity and innovation.
30 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $3,938,339


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Computer Services provides hardware and software
support for all general government activities. The
Department also oversees the purchasing of all computer-
related items, and provides systems analysis to streamline
internal operations and functions.
Computer Services addressed a major Human Resources/
Payroll system upgrade during calendar year 2004. This
upgrade which is still on-going will bring about new
functionality previously missing from this package. Staff
expects this project to come to a c :,i:lusi:ii-i by early May.
An upgrade to the geneli al government e-mail system was
also completed in 2004. The upgrade brought with it new
functionality :pei itiirnri. employees to access their e-mail
aiid i: letndi:a from home. Also inek fi: n, i 004 is an in-
house web-based OiC,:lt:i:atiaiil License system. This
system permits the tracking of occupational licenses and
the auto-creating of related renewals. A significant rewrite
of the Cit\' web site was i:i111:Ileted. bringing with it
increased functionality and eaJse ,: use
16 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $2,704,296


dmZ 4n tnetmtCt _Y /1 r' epo ts to the City Manager and provides
o\ el siglt for the depai tmllents of Computer Services, Finance, Fleet Management, Management and Budget,
and Risk Imanaigemient. These internal support services are essential to the successful operation of the City.
Administrative Services coordinates the City's short range and long-range financial planning' effoi ts. pel fo:l I s
trend analysis, and facilitates the on-going strategic planning process.
2 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $196,500





MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has two
major roles- sti ,tei,: planning and budget management.
The strategic planning aspect involves analysis of a long-
range perspective. This activity is intended to protect,
preserve, and enhance the financial stability of the City of
t.,ineit.\ille Our strategic planning i:i:je:ts include
ll, ie\\iti:, i activities, revenue diversification, productivity
analysis, program evaluation, collective bargaining activi-
ties, long-range financial fo:l e:t.istiri. pl:eplJ rti.:ir of the
Capital Improvement Plan, corporate goal setting, and
p:eifo:iiiiui:ce management. The budget management
aspect of our operation inii lulde the I:. el:'1. ti,:,r of a bien-

RISK MANAGEMENT
The Risk Management Department manages the
general insurance and the employee health, accident, and
life insurance benefits of the City. General insurance
activities include a self-insurance plan for workers'
compensation, automobile, and general liability coverage.
Risk Management provides employee health services
through a C it) : liiik, which includes health, nutritional,
and psychological services. LifeQuest, the City's wellness
program, received a Platinum Award from the Wellness
Councils of America for its commitment to employee and
retiree health and wellness objectives. Gainesville was the


nial bul:udiet. monitoring quarterly and annual results, and
position control.
OMB also administers the City's internship program that
was established in early 2001 and 1hs I ':' iided job experi-
ence to over 79 university students At pi eseri t, 12 interns
are employed by the City of Gainesville. These students are
the resource that allows departments to accomplish goals
and complete projects that might otherwise be delayed. The
goal of the internship program is to provide employment
opportunities that will equip students with practical, real-
world work experiences tlht ki ill I elp them transition into a
successful career in the public or private sector.
7.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $476,443

first municipality in the unti:rii to receive the Platinum
certification.
Risk Management provides access to all wellness serv-
ices for einplo:l .vees and retirees as well as their spouses
who are covered by the City's Group Health Plan. This
represents the City's commitment to build and maintain a
healthy group, thus eisul in i tlhe future firn it Lial stibilitv
of the City's Group Health Plan.
11 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $18,788,438


$i% 62 1] ? Iv/Q#ltdft pl" ldeslonIig ale plans
for the growth and development of the City and the preservation of its natural environment and addresses
del elopment. neighborhood, housing, and pi esei l\ tion issues. The Department enhances the quality of
existing neighborhoods and commercial areas through assistance in reservation and redevelopment.


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The Planning Division creates plans for the City, suggests
changes in regulations, and reviews development proposals,
zoning proposals, and othec petit io:i- Petitions are presented
to the Development Review Board, City Plan Board, Board
of Adjustment, and Historic Preservation Board. The
Division also reviews and suggests changes to the City's
Comprehensive Plan, assists in the preservation of the City's
historic districts, provides neighborhood planning services,
and provides maps, graphics, and GIS work for the City.
The Housing Division's mission is to revitalize neighbor-
h':.:,1ds .b, 1:li :'\ ii rig safe, affordable housing. The Housing
Di\ isi:,-, ietei eies federal and state funding to implement and
adiiinirstel i comprehensive housing program. The Division
provides a full range of affordable housing services to low-
income and moderate-income families, such as housing
rehabilitation, new construction for homebuyers, rental
rehabilitation, special needs housing, mortgage foreclosure
intervention, and housing counseling services.
The Department also ;d:liniisteis the Community
Redevelopment Agency. The (_ R A ilin ludes four districts:


College Park/University Heights, Downtown, Eastside
and Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street. The CRA promotes
revitalization and redevelopment in the Districts. Each
district has programs designed specifically to meet its own t
area goals.
The Code Enforcement Di\'i isi: i responsible for
enforcing compliance with the (_ it) s .: dii i vr,:es. includ-
ing the 2,:1 lii r Ii:,.Isii I. commercial, and hazardous land
codes. This enforcement enhances the visual integrity of
the City's corridors and neighborhoods, making them
stable and attractive places for new investments.
The Block Grant Division is responsible for overseeing
and administering the Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership
(HOME) Programs. In FY 2004, the City allocated
$1,530,000 in CDBG funds for 22 local projects/activities
and $863,360 in HOME funds for 9 local pi :jev: r ':. ti\ ities


57.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $7,035,837


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a / ///e j / Y/n A e (GFR) continues to save life and property in this community by
providing exceptional services for its citizens. This year Gainesville suffered effects from three hurricanes.
GFR cI eI, s O, rked diligentlv during and after these devastating storms by removing fallen trees, covering
rooftop damage, clearing streets, and puIllllpil out flood waters. In the harder hit areas in the state, GFR
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GFR anticipates c,:,rtin-uel preschool students.
success and achievement in ->I : 1;1. Gainest ille children (left) compete
with 'professionals committed t,:, during ihe Fire Rescue Kids Firefighter
excellence' in protecting out citizetnsI Challenge.
and theil lIol:,eti
149.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $12,528.194




SP ///// t'q fre /f/'/fi//' ldet elo:,)s. implements, and monitors systems
and programs to recruit, hire, motivate, train,and retain a highly qualified and diverse workforce. Services
S are provided to all City departments.

TheHul in Resl esT Depl:l unenti its as a consultant Professional employees. In addition, the department


pi, ot'' Il'e 19 815 employment appicalions resulting in
554 positions being filled and offered 380 training classes
that were attended by 1,764 participants. Other activities
included the administration of pension benefits special
customer service training for the Community Develop-
ment and Building Inspections departments, production
of a monthly nelt sletti. and assistance to the Regional
Transit System in obtaining a new validated selection tool
for transit operators.
Website: www.cityofgainesville.org/hr
21.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $1.234,351


io uepartments and an advisor to management in inierpre-
tation of personnel policies, procedures, and labor agree-
ments. The department is involved in several areas related
to creating a positive professional working environment for
City employees. The department also i:.I iies i:t eel
counseling and training to foster employment growth and
development for all Cit\ employees.
During fiscalyear 2004, the Htuiu l Res:Lut ices Department
implemented a new applicant tracking system, negotiated
two labor agreements, reviewed 40 classifications involving
261 employees, up.dated'-i iI:te 67 job descriptions, and
assisted in the development of ar:I iii:ileinie cited a new pay
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$500 000 The funds pros ide satel I, I: eI ili:initent ii\
adding exhaust filtration and: lite ala i si ti ster s t jll stati: ,r s
Duiniii the past year theie elte mllte ti-ii 1 21111.
inspections and hundreds : li:aii s :I e1:li-aiti:iii ti:. i:t e\ ent
emergencies. The Explorer Posrt 'I97 estatlishell in IIII-l. is
a program delsitnled to pro ile: ilee tI Jir iin.i ini e\:il:ila-
tion for teens 14-21 who hae ii inrteiest in the ile setl ice
GFR continues to lead the ite seti \i in ieaj:liness Iti
technical rescue, structural lite sNul:'1:.essi t I': I : : 1 lizai L,:iius
materials. The del:ai ti ienit 1:ai ri il rtes- in se' ei al i e io:r I
teams dedicated to providing, these
services to all of North Fkii ::lI
Through participation in multi e ,t-: i\0
disaster drills at Gainesville Rei:,i il n
Airport and at Ben Hill ulillti ii." /
Stadium, 2004 has bee-n ia i\e tl -I i
significant learning.


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a fire engine tour to a group of local






Z (Win 640e &CCe 54atlWme (GPD), during
2004, continued its efforts to make Gainesville one of the United States'
most livable cities through enhancing community policing efforts.


The most significant accomplishment of 2004 was
Iiea-ligning TPD by adding a tlild i:lisuiit tri: the
Opel ,tio:ins Em eau. This allowed GPD to be much
in:iie iesp:I:Isi\ e to the Gainesville community, and
- while making this chiii'je the Deprl:i rilietr
promoted the first female district commander in GPD
history. The Third District, which is the next step in
our c:iiiiitiiiiiert tri: community I::poli:ii is already
proving a great success. f
GPD inlii tasel its i:Cnmiliiiient to Gainesville's citi-
zens and strengthened its position as a leader in
community policing through a variety of programs.
GPD continued its comprehensive plan to reduce
street level drugs. This effort, to date, has directed
Iis ',!, i to I edu, I isible ii ug til iti in Gainesville's
neighborhoods. In 2004, GPD narcotics officers broke up
a large scale narcotics ring responsible for bringing 700
pounds of cocaine valued at $24 million into Gainesville.
This year also saw the enhancement of GPD's wireless
operations. In 2004, all patrol officers were trained to use
and issued mobile laptops. All crime reports are now elec-
tronically generated, so data is available more quickly and
officers are freed to spend more time engaged in proactive
i:C:,niiunoit\ :1i:,li : i',i GPD's wireless operations included
the implementation of the Police to Citizens (P2C)
Internet-based Web site, which gives citizens access to
police records.
Other significant accomplishments during 2004
included the initiation of a unit dedicated to patrolling
Gainesville's downtown and a $500,000 renovation to


GPD Officer (above) answers a question for a
retired military grandfather and his grandson
at President Bush's stop over in Gainesville.f
GPD Officer and K- 9 Max (left) visit the
residents at the Oak Park High-rise.
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GPD hl ead:I uatl t, s. which enhanced security and provided
state-of-the-art evidence handling.
In the coming year, GPD will continue to expand recruit-
ment programs to attract qualified iiiniii:it\ protected
class, and certified candidates. An internal committee will
create an incentive program for officers who attract these
candidates. GPD will also work ., it. i I:Inl-1u1i t\ members
in the newly created Third District to create a Resource
Council to e\:'I i nild : I Irnt I illie pi:e erationr and district
programs. Finally, GPD will continue its involvement in
Neighborhood Ci iniie W\'t:l ies. Business and Homeowners
Associations, Black on BElai:, Crime Task Force, and .:ithel
groups v.h lii iml:t1':1 \ e tle :l|ualir o:f life in Gainesville.
367 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $30,162,063


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dmCts ? 4/ar 7of ne/t? u com, pletedl several major stormwater and$
transportation-related pi ojec ts this year. Southwest 5th Avenue and Spring Hill Neighborhood Stormwater
Parks were completed as well as Phase 1 of the Duck Pond Wetlands Restoration. The City successfully I&
completed its application for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit in partnership
with Alachua County and the Florida Department of Transportation. M jLi pi )o: ess was made in the de\ elop -
ment of Watershed Master Plans for Hogtown Creek and Sweetwater Branch. The department started a
self-assessmlent pi oIess \ itli the goal of becoming an accredited public works agency through the American
Public Works Association.


Set eal transportation projects including NW 29th
Road and: NW 19th Street, SE 7th \\ eiue \\ cher Road
Rail Tuiil Extension, SW 23i:1 Teli:,:e off-road
bicycle 'pe,:est iniii tni l. street lighting along University
Avenue and 13th Streets, and construction of the
Chamber of Commerce Building/City Ha II sr eetsi: ape
were completed. The depl:l trient continued working on
the Corridors to Campus projects funded b\ tlhe Campus
Development Agreement with the University of Florida.
This is a $1 million program aimed at enhancing bicycle/


pedestrian access to the University campus from the road-
ways surrounding the campus. Designs are also under way
for the reconstruction of Depot a r einue. the extension of
the Gjinesltille Hawthorne Rail Trail known as the
Downtown Connector, and the streetscaping of SW 2nd
Avenue and the Depot Avenue Stormwater Park.
Emphasis continues to be placed on neighborhood
livability and enhancing bicycling and pedestrian facilities.
The Operations Division installed 1 500 lirnea feetI f -ne
sidewalks, 60 sidewalk ramps, replaced 11,700 linear feet


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of damaged sidewalks,
resurfaced 7 miles of road,
and installed 59 speed
bumps. Several important
projects on state roads were
a major focus for the depart-
ment. These included the
reconstruction of SR 26A
(SW 2nd Alelulue) resur-
facing of SR 26 (West
University Avenue) iid the
resurfacing of S\\ 34th
Street. These pilje,:rts ,ie
constructed by ithe F1.i i, i i
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the City of Gainesville.
The Stormwater Management Services group has also
been active in numerous stormwater projects as well as
adding 13,000 new customers to the Stormwater Utility
billing because of annexations. Ongoing Sto:ii ni iteil I: :ie: ts
include Depot Park, Duck Pond Wetlands Restoration,
Hogtown Creek Restoration Plan, and Duval Stormwater
Park. All have had major work completed.
With the annexation of three separate areas into the
City this past year, the Solid Waste Division welcomed
over 1,000 new residential customers. The Solid Waste
i Di% isio:i participated in 18 neighborhood clean-ups and
Arranged pi l:pel solid waste collection and disposal serv-
ices at special events. They continued .: il\ enforcement
of the c :iilliiil ii l id li esi dei tit l si : lid waste codes while
S beginning the remediation of the old South Iin 'ti eetr
landfill. They also provided enclosed commercial waste
compactors as a part of two downtown streetscaping proj-
ects, and promoted waste reduction and i ei:\linl2 i:tubli,:
awareness. Additionally, the division is a member of the
Alachua CO:Iunt\ Disastel Debris Management Team and
assisted in the development of an Emell i.en i\ Operations
Procedures Plan tor the collection of solid waste in the
event of a storm or other emergency
147.25 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $28,995,876


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Regional Transit System (RTS) has provided public
transportation to the City of Gainesville and adjacent areas
of Alachua County for over 31 years. RTS covers approxi-
mately 73 square miles of service area and operates 88
buses on 35 fixed routes within its system. Annual system
ridership continues to increase, with fiscal year 2004
ridership climbing over 8.1 million passengers.
As the importance of public transportation grows in our
community, RTS i:C :nitinues to be a key player in building
successful relations ni itld die community ind lit::al and
state agencies. RTS' unlimited bus pass program for
employees of the City of Gainesville, University of Florida,
and Alachua County encourage ridership growth. RTS
c:n tinu es to provide free service for all ADA eligible riders
on the fixed-route system.
The successful partnership between the RTS and the
University of Florida has enabled RTS to meet the growing
demand for transit in our community. E\I:.idlinii2 RTS'
e\istini I,, ilities remains the first priority for fiscal year
2005. Additionally, RTS is planning on enhancing transit
service for East Gainesville. RTS remains committed to
the continued growth of the system through the provision
of reliable, efficient, and convenient transit service to its
customers.
212 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $14,713,895










ECONOMIC OUTLOOK


The economic landscape in Gainesville continues to be
dominated by the government sector. Statistics compiled by
the Bureau of Economic and Research at the University of
Florida indicate that one of every three jobs in Gainesville is
provided by federal, state or local government. This
reliance on jobs from other than private sector tends to
modify Gainesville's reaction to external economic stimuli,
such that the local economy grows less rapidly than others
during boom periods but also suffers less during economic
declines. The unemployment rate remains low at 2.4%, a
slight improvement over the 2003 level of 2.5%. The enroll-
ment at the University of Florida, the City's largest employer,
increased during the last ten years from 38,730 in 1995 to
47,993 in 2004.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
FOR THE YEAR
* The assets of the City exceeded its liabilities at the close
of the most recent fiscal year by $498,499,062 (net
assets). Of this amount, $36,794,999 (unrestricted net
assets) may be used to meet the City's ongoing obliga-
tions to citizens and creditors.
* As of the close of the fiscal year, the City's governmen-
tal funds reported combined ending fund balances of
$31,510,952. Of this total amount, $18,225,382 is
available for spending at the City's discretion (unre-
served fund balance).
* At the end of the current fiscal year, the undesignated
fund balance in the General Fund was $6,744,693.
* The City's total bonded debt decreased by $18,820,250,
or 3.18% during the current fiscal year. In addition to
the scheduled pay down of existing debt, the prominent
components of this change were the issuance of
$9,805,000 in Guaranteed Entitlement Refunding
Bonds Series 2004. These bonds refunded $10,010,000
in Series 1994 Guaranteed Entitlement Revenue and
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During the budget process. the Ci, Conunission sets the Property
Ta\ (iillagel rates, effectie October Ist of each \ear One null
represents I of ta\ charged per $1.000 of assessed %alue Millage
rates are letied based oii debt service and operating needs
The current property tax millage rate of 4.9416 represents the
twentieth consecutive year in which the City's millage rate has
either remained constant or decreased.

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DOWNTOWN PARKING GARAGE
The Southwest Downtown Parking Garage opened to
the public in December, 2004. During the initial months,
an interim operations plan was implemented to cover the
period of installation of the revenue and access control
L system. With the completion of installation and training
for the new parking revenue and access control system, the
garage will operate with a fully automated pay-on-foot
system starting February, 2005.
The automated pay-on-foot system is an integrated
parking system with entry stations, pay-on-foot stations,
exit stations, a central cashiering station and server. All
elements are interconnected and in constant communica-
tion with each other. The computerized system allows for
remote control and monitoring of all stations at any time.
Several options are available to accommodate differ-
ent parking needs and methods of payment.

GRU HURRICANE RESTORATION EFFORTS
On Sunday, September 5, Hurricane Frances wreaked
havoc on our community, causing more than 60,000 GRU
customers to lose electric power. Weeks later, Hurricane
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p,:,\ er. In addition, our wastewater crews had to battle the
ele Iments with sandbags while installing emergency gener-
at:lo s to keep our lift stations pumping. However, our water
s\ stem was never compromised, our fiber optic telecom-
lmulnications network remained intact and our natural gas
s\ stem had no serious incidents.
Nevertheless, the 2004 hurricane season was
the greatest challenge we have faced in living
memory. But with a prepared response, and
assisted by our partners in General Government,
along with the cooperation of County and State
emergency agencies, GRU met this challenge.
As we began restoration, a strong priority was
given to hospitals, emergency broadcast systems
and public safety facilities, such as police and fire
Stations, water treatment and water reclamation facil-
ities. After that, priorities were given to repairs that
would benefit the greatest number of people first.
The countless hours worked by GRU employees and
our local partners, along with the help of utility crews from
as far away as Louisiana and North Carolina, helped us
restore power to 98 percent of our customers within six
days of each hurricane.

FOR THE FUTURE


A rendering of the West University Avenue Lofts.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS FOR COMMUNITY
REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The future of redevelopment in Gainesville is exciting.
Each of the four Community Redevelopment districts has
projects on the horizon that promise great opportunity.
Projects like University Corners in the College
Park/University Heights district, partnered with key poten-
tial redevelopment sites like the St. Augustine's parking
lot, will change the face of what was once called the
"student ghetto." University Corners will be a mixed-use
project that will consist of condominium units, hotel and
280,000 square feet of retail. The St. Augustine project is a
multi-story facility with residential condominiums, retail
businesses and parking facilities.


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New development along the North-
west 13th Street corridor and homeown-
ership programs, such as Model Blocks,
will provide increased residential oppor-
tunities within the Fifth Avenue/Pleasant
Street neighborhoods. Downtown is
seeking increased residential develop-
ments to complement Union Street
Station and the just-completed Regents
Park rowhouses. In the near future look
for improvements to the Community Plaza
and a lunch-time event series on the
Plaza.
Two other projects worthy of noting
are West University Lofts and Residences
at Grand Oaks. West University Avenue
Lofts is a mixed-use project on the corner
of 6th Street and University Avenue and
will offer condominiums, rental units,
and commercial business units.
Residences at Grand Oaks will consist of
126 residential units located near the
University of Florida campus.

DEPOT REGIONAL
STORMWATER PARK
The year 2004 was filled with several
completed milestones for the project
team, led by members of the Public
Works Department and GRU. By the end
of 2004, these accomplishments posi-
tioned the project within weeks of
groundbreaking for Phase 1.
With environmental assessments
completed, the City sought and received
approval of its Feasibility Study and
Human Health and Ecological Risk
Assessment. In November, the City


City staff and community leaders participate in the Depot Park
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Buildings
Improvements
Machinery and
Equipment
Infrastructure
Construction in Progress
Total


G u V.lI.'. Il Ui %,1 1 I m 1 .11 ,
200)4 21003
$ 15,388 $ 14,314


20041
$ 2,574


637,049
18,198 15,202 1,950
1,273 1,046 446


11,732
50,060
11,302
$107,953


11,271
48,997
6,612
$ 97,442


6,320
7,794
74,908
$731,041


2003
$ 2,141

611,281
2,058
386

7,600
4,813
74,444
$702,723


2004 21003
$ 17,962 $ 16,455


637,049
20,148
1,719

18,052
57,854
86,210
$838,994


611,281
17,260
1,432

18,871
53,810
81,056
$800,165


CAPITAL ASSETS
Fiscal Year 2004
Land $17.96 Million
Building $20.1 Million
Improvements $1.7 Million
H Machinery and Equipment $18.1 Million
Infrastructure $57.9 Million
Construction in progress $14.8 Million
Note: Excludes Gainesville Regional
14% / 1% Utilities Capital Assets of $637 million and
Construction in Progress of $71.4 million.


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Capital Assets
Total Assets

Long-Term Liabilities
Outstanding
Other Liabilities
Total Liabilities

NetAssets


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NET ASSETS
As of September 30, 2004 and 2003
(Net of Depreciation)
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G l I i'.% .ll I '. I 1 i I li 1


2001111
$143,708
107,953
251,661


124,893
14,817
139,710


2111-13
$155,097
97,442
252,539


129,420
13,325
142,745


2001111
$ 378,096
731,041
1,109,137


438,617
283,972
722,589


211113
$ 429,051
702,723
1,131,774


452,689
306,057
758,746


2001111
$ 521,804
838,994
1,360,798


563,510
298,789
862,299


2111-13
$ 584,148
800,165
1,384,313


582,109
319,382
901,491


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CHANGES IN NET ASSETS
As of September 30, 2004 and 2003
(000's omitted)
2,,0iI'.,II .i2003 2004 2003 2004 2003q All t
2004 2003 2004 2003 2004 2003


Revenues:
Charges for Services
Grants and Contributions
Property Taxes
Other Taxes/Licenses
Intergovernmental
Interest
Other Revenues
Total Revenues

Expenses:
General Government
Public Safety
Transportation
Utilities
Other
Total Expenses

Increase before Transfers
Transfers

Increase in Net Assets
NetAssets- 10/1/03
Prior Period Adjustment
NetAssets 10/1/03,
as restated


$11,803
7,358
17,984
18,961
3,367
2,642
3,564
65,679


18,458
45,714
9,549

16,931
90,652


$11,863
9,652
16,342
17,739
2,825
1,635
6,098
66,154


15,062
42,574
9,358

18,403
85,397


$245,135 $229,450
12,632 10,922


7,011
16,155
280,933


215,338
24,945
240,283


6,468
13,945
260,785


199,324
24,003
223,327


(24,973) (19,243) 40,650 37,458
27,130 26,366 (27,130) (26,366)


2,157
109,794


7,123 13,520 11,092
102,671 373,028 437,371
(75,435)


109,794 102,671


NetAssets-9/30/04 $111.951


$109.794


373,028
$386.548


361,936
$373.028


$256,938
19,990
17,984
18,961
3,367
9,653
19,719
346,612


18,458
45,714
9,549
215,338
41,876
330,935


$241,313
20,574
16,342
17,739
2,825
8,103
20,043
326,939


15,062
42,574
9,358
199,324
42,406
308,724


15,677 18,215


15,677 18,215
482,822 540,042
S (75,435)

482,822 464,607
$498.499 $482.822


Depot Regional Stormwater Park continued
Commission approved on-site thermal treatment of
contaminated soils as the preferred treatment methodol-
ogy. These two accomplishments made it possible for the
City's consultant to submit the Remedial Action Plan for
the former-CSX site to FDEP for approval.
The City made significant progress with several funding
initiatives. A noteworthy funding achievement was the


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securing of a State Revolving Fund construction loan of
$15,000,000 for the remediation and stormwater
elements.
The design of the stormwater amenities, initial walking
path system, and landscaping, as well as construction
permit applications, have all been completed.
Following the completion of construction of Phase 1,
Phase 2 will begin immediately. Phase 2 will consist of


$111,951 $109,794 $386,548 $ 373,028 $ 498,499 $ 482,822


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remediation of the gas plant, construction of
the east basin, and reconstruction of Depot
Avenue. The City anticipates completion of
Phase 2 in 2007.


FINANCIAL REPORTING

This financial summary and history is based
upon a condensed view of the City's assets and
liabilities for all funds at a specific point in
time, September 30th, which is the end of the
City's fiscal year.
Current Assets are highly liquid and
include cash, investments, inventories, and
receivables.
Capital Assets are the City's long-term
investments in land, buildings, equipment,
improvements, infrastructure, and construc-
tion in progress. The stated values represent
the original cost less an amount of depreciation
and any related debt. While current assets are
available to finance regular City operations,
capital assets are not.
Long Term Liabilities represent debt obli-
gations of the City from long-term financing.
The proceeds from these various debt issues
were used to finance large projects such as
building construction and renovations, major
equipment purchases, and roadway reconstruc-
tion. Other Liabilities include debts that can
be paid off in a year or less.
Net Assets represent the resources the City
has available to continue to provide services to
the residents of Gainesville if there were no
additional revenues or resources available.
The City of Gainesville's Statement of Net
Assets is divided into Governmental Activities
and Business-Type Activities. Taxes and inter-
governmental revenues principally support
governmental activities. The governmental
activities of the City include general govern-
ment, public safety, physical environment,
transportation, economic environment, human
services, culture, and recreation. Business-type







NET ASSETS BY ACTIVITIES
Fiscal Year 2004

H Current Assets
0 Capital Assets
H Long Term Liabilities
E Other Liabilities
- Net Assets


Iotal


I GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS
Governmental Funds are
accounting segregations of City
activities that are budgetarily oriented
and not business-type activities. The
following are the City's governmental
fund types:
The General Fund reflects the
majority of the financial activity of
departments within City govern-
ment. Taxes, user fees, and transfers
from other City departments (includ-
ing GRU) make up the majority of
I the funding sources.
Special Revenue Funds are used
to account for specific revenue
sources that are restricted to expen-


activities are functions intended to recover all or a signifi-
cant portion of their costs through user fees and charges.
Business-type activities include electric generation, trans-
mission and distribution, natural gas, water and waste-
water, telecommunications, refuse collection, stormwater
management, golf course, and mass transit.



GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS
BY FUND TYPE
REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES
As of September 30, 2004 and 2003
[000's omitted]


2001


Revenues
General
Special Revenue
Debt Service
Capital Projects
Total Revenues

Expenditures
General
Special Revenue
Debt Service
Capital Projects
Total Expenditures
NET GAIN (LOSS)


2003


Illredase
(Dec rease)


$ 78,855 $ 73,186 $ 5,669


15,058 15,697 (639)
20,624 94,350 (73,726)
1,645 6,980 (5,335)
116,182 190,213 (74,031)

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16,517
20,540
10,304


,
11,740
94,299
6,907


J,J
4,777
(73,759)
3,397


127,531 189,451 (61,920)


$ (11,349)


$ 762 $ (12,111)


The schedule above reflects the revenues and expenditures
of the City's governmental funds for the fiscal years 2004
and 2003. The schedule includes the amount of increases
and decreases in relation to prior year totals.


ditures for specified purposes. The
sources of these funds include federal and state grants.
These monies are normally spent over an extended period
of time and are reflected on the financial statements until


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the programs are completed.
Debt Service Funds are used to account for receipt
and payment of general long-term debt principal and inter-
est. The City typically issues bonds in order to finance
large capital projects.
Capital Projects Funds account for financial resources
to be used for the acquisition or construction of major
facilities or improvements. The sources of these funds are
usually General Fund transfers, federal and state
grants, and debt issues. The City maintains a five-year
Capital Improvement Plan, which was adopted by the %
City Commission in September of 2004.

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CAPITAL PROJECTS
Fiscal Year 2004
Expenditures


New Construction
and Renovations -$7,329,325
Computer Hardware
& Software Purchases -$846,233
Recreation Facilities
& Equipment $273,949
Roads and Drainage
Construction -$1,757,971
Note: Excludes transfers and
miscellaneous items of $96,870.


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Total Revenues


Expenses
Transit
Utilities
Stormwater
Ironwood Golf Course
Solid Waste
General Insurance
Fleet
EHAB
Total Expenses

Revenues Over (Under)
Expenses


$311,448 $ 288,389 $23,059


$ 14,503
244,184
4,387
1,703
6,218
6,342
5,644
12,934
$295,915


$ 13,128
227,249
4,286
1,775
6,311
5,170
4,940
12,039
$274,898


$ 1,375
16,935
101
(72)
(93)
1,172
704
895
$21,017


$ 15,533 $13,491 $2,042


Proprietary Funds are used to account for the govern-
ment's ongoing organizations and activities that are similar
to those often found in the private sector. They are divided
into two main categories, Enterprise and Internal Service.
Enterprise Funds are self-supporting activities that
provide service to the public on a user-charge basis. They
are financed and operated in the same way private busi-
ness operates. The mission of these entities is to provide
goods and/or services to the public while covering the cost
of operations. Any profits are invested back into the entity
for capital acquisition.
Internal Service Funds are used to give an accounting
for activities provided by one governmental entity to
another governmental entity. The charges for these serv-
ices are designed for cost recovery only.



TOTAL LONG TERM LIABILITIES
As of September 30, 2004 and 2003
[000's omitted]
Inc rease
2004- 2003 (Decreasel


Governmental Activities:
Guaranteed Entitlement
Revenue and Refunding
Bonds
Promissory Notes
Governmental Activity
Long-Term Liabilities
Business-Type Activities:
Guaranteed Entitlement
Revenue and Refunding
Bonds (Utility)
Utility Notes Payable
Other Liabilities
Business-Type Activity
Long-Term Liabilities
Total Long-Term
Liabilities


$ 121,392 $ 125,187 $ (3,795)
S 1,489 (1,489)


121,392 126,676


383,535
68,875
1,111


395,920
71,515
2,111


453,521 469,546


(5,284)



(12,385)
(2,640)
(1,000)

(16,025)


$ 574,913 $ 596,222 $ (21,309)


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FIDUCIARY FUNDS


Fiduciary Funds are used to account for resources
held for the benefit of parties outside the government.
These funds are not available as sources for the City's
own program. The City's fiduciary fund type includes
Pension Trust Funds. The pension fund assets are just
over $386.5 million.


DEBT ADMINISTRATION
The City's required principal and interest payments
on outstanding debt were remitted timely and in full
during fiscal year 2004. The reserve requirements
mandated by the bond covenants remain funded at the
prescribed levels. The City's total long-term liabilities at
the end of the current fiscal year were $574.9 million,
with $452.5 million belonging to the Utility enterprise
and $1.0 million belonging RTS. The City has $17.3
million of this debt due during fiscal year 2005. The table
on the left shows more information.


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Biodiversity at the Florida Museum.
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Sf/'*d fir'^, has long been admired
or s participatory style of goer iiiiie
The C(I} has many ad% isor; boards and
coniliiuees that provide residents an
opportunity to contribute to their local
government and participate in sigiiificanl
policy decisions. Current boards and
colintrtees are listed below. For further
information, please call the City Clerk's
office at (352) 334-5015.
i < J| A rt in Public Places
Trust 5 member
i....... i.. estab
lished for e .... ,,,
public constructed
project
S Bicycle/Pedestrian
Advisory Board
Si- --.1 12 members: City
(4), County (4) and
MTPO (4). The Board shall study and make
'L t recommendations to the' I ............. the
SCounty Commission, I.. HI II 1' ,i all
matters concerning planning, implement
tio n ...I ... .... .....II. ... .. .... ....
A and facilities for tl. i. .,., I, I I .... I
k ion of bicyclist ....I p I ........ .. i,
urban area t. 111 ,
S Board of Adjustment 5 men.i.., r~,i .
dency required. The Board (.1 '.li11.......i
hears and decides appeals of I.I ......i. ii
review ....l ." ; .1 exceptions on ..,,;,, .,,i
building code matters
Board of Trustees of the Consolidated
Police Officers' and Firefiglners'
Retirement Plan .5 memberss City resi-
I.. I. ... In..... I for the two (2) members
appointed by the City Commission.
0 a The Board of Trustees oversees and
S S administers the pension plan of the
Police Officers and Firefighters for
the City of Gainesville
Citizens Advisory Committee for Community
Development 15 members City resi
1.. ..... .i ......... The Citizens Advisory
i.......ni. i.. I ...imunity Development
!I \1 ,I I). il I. ...... Illl I, I,.l..l h.., Ih,.
City Commission ar. 1 1 r I .... ....
the Community Development Block Grant and,
HOME programs and lends support to, and
seeks support for, desirable programs and projects.
City Beautification Board 15 members
City residency not required. The City

ops, assists, advises, and makes recommend
tions to the- City Commission on matters
pertaining to beautification
SC ir Plan Board 7 members .i .. ...
required. The City Plan Board .Ii i ...
mation and makes recommend ,i..... i.. ii.
S,, ',i i ..... .... .... iI. comprehensive plan

College Park/University Heights Redevelop-
ment Advisory Board -9 members To the
extent possible, :... il.. i .i I ach advisory
Board should res..I. ...I .. I .. *I. I .. I


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S-Appointed by the Community Redevelopment
Agency (CRA).
Development Review Board 7 members
I i.. .. i. .. .. .... I. The Development
Review Board is a citizen board .i reviews;
approves or d .... .. ..... 1 i ... .....i -
ted for review pursuant to the provisions of
Chapter 30, Gainesville Code of Ordinances.
Downtown Redevelopment Advisory
Board 7 members To.the extend possible,
members of each advisory board should reside
or work in the district. Appointed by the
,C ............. 1, 1, ....... .. y
Eastside Rede\elopment %duisorm Board
7 members To the extent possible, members of
each advisory board should reside or work in
the district. Appointed by the Community
I', ,I, I,, l .. ... .. 4 ..... y :
Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street Redevelop-
ment Advisory Board -7 members To the
extent possible, members of each advisory
Sboad should reside or work in the district.
Appointed 'by the Cammunity Redevelopment
Agency (CRA).
Fire Safety Board of Adjustment 5
members City residency not required. The
Boqadserves asan appeals board, authorized to

any provision of various tire safety codes.
Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural
Affairs Board -15 members City residency
not required. The Cultural Affairs Board
advises the Director of Cultural Affairs in the
promotion of fine arts, literary arts, performing
arts and crafts, develops local art resources and
assists in the planning ..1 ....i i .i.... .i.... of
community arts involvement in and around the
City of Gainesville.
Gainesville/Alachua County Regional
Airport Authority -9 members City resi
dency not required The purpose of the
Authority isto m anage and opera tei ..... I" i
and airport facilities, an independent special
district.
Gainesville Code Enforcement Board
7 members City residency required. The
Gainesville Code Enforcement Board hasjuris
diction to hear and decide cases of alleged
violations of Gainesville City codes; I 1.I .. .
il .... Ii,. Nuisance Abatement Board.
Gainesville Energ Ad\% isori Committee
9 members City:. ..I.... .. M.. ... .... I I.
Com m itteeadvis. .. .........11 ........

ingwork of theC .... ..ii I .', ..... I 1i11i, ii
Gainesville Enterprise Zone Development
Agency -9 members City residency not
Required. Created to carry out the economic
d. I,,l...... i ... ... I. I.-, ..... .. i purposes of
Chapter 29U, Florida '.1 .1. I.
.GalleesIlle Housing lutrhonrn -5 members
City residency not required. The authority
establishes policy andis l i .1.1, i... the
planning, fi......... construction, leasing,
managing and maintaining of low-rent public
housing, subject to applicable laws, and-contrae


tual : I .... ,i, the US i. i. ,. .... .. of
Housing and U. l 1.... I ....... ...I l.. City
Commission.
Gainesville Human Riglhts Board 7
..... 1.. .i1 residency required. The purpose
of the l .... I ii.... .. P., l iBoard is to
enforce 1.. i..... .... I ...... complaints of
discrimination based upon age, race, color, sex,
I. h l'... 'I .1i.h.- 1 .....lI .., _,, ,I, 1, 1 1h

Historic Preserarion Board .... .. .
.1 .. .. I ,I I I .. I l .. .. I
this Board are to update ti .. ..i i .1 ... Ii....
of cultural resources and submit recommend
tions and documentation to the City Commission;
develop programs to stimulate public interest
in urban neighborhood ..... ... ....o licies
and goals, and cooperal. ,.i, county,
Regional, State and Federal Governments in
site, building, structures, object areas and
districts, both 1. ,1.1. ....1 I. ... F... listing on
the local Regist., i. I. l..... 1, ,.
Nature Centers Commission 12 members
City residency not required. The Nature
Centers Commission assists the City Commis
sion through recommendations and advice
given in respect to developing programs, ordi
nances, use regulations and resource manage
ment policies as required to l****i ii 1 i.i
system and other *I... .. iI. I .. .
of the City ofGainesville.
Pension Review Committee 5 members
City residency not required. SUCCESSFUL
INVESTMENT AND ADVISORY EXPERI
ENCE REQUIRED. The Committee shall
I i, ,,i ,i ,i1 ........ i ....i carrying outits
fiduciary responsibility as Board .f T. I. ..f
the City's pension funds by acting .
Advisory Committee on investment matters
and Board referrals. The Committee shall also
review investment policies and Investment
Manager performance.
Public Recreation Board 9 members City
-i. I. ..... .i, i .1 The Public Recreation
Board advises the City ......... ... .... I offers
recommendations as to the needs of the City
on all matters pertaining to recreation within
the City.
Regional Transit System Advisory Board
9 members City residency required for City
,,.,..l ,,,u T I. .I. ..i I i.. P _......I T .. ,
.I ,I I ,,,, ,, I,, .. I 1 1,,,. I.. I.. h ,. h
Regional Iransit System.
Tree Advisory Board 5 1* i.. i... The Board
shall act as the technical information collector,
,,i ..... ulations, act F,, .1 .., 1
i. ....... f aM aster Tree II ... i ,,, ihi,
development .fii. .. 1 i.... ..l. ,. .for .the
City's Comp 1 .. I'l 11 iI, ,. pect to
trees, and serve on the Tree Board of Appeals.
S.,,Tree Board of Appeals -3 members City resi
d. .i i |ii I The Tree-Board of Appeals
S.. .. ...... l.. ...... I l l.. .. o.. ofA pp.als
has been established to hear appeals regarding
.1 I........ or dead trees designated for
rem oval, I.. i. it I ... .Arb ... ....1. .1 for
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This questionnaire is included in the 2001 Citizen's Repou t. \\hi:chi is nmaiiled out diCul n 1 the Spring of 2005.
The addresses were selected fi o a an, indol sample of GRU customers i\ within the City limits.


1, Overall, how would you iate the services pi o\ ided by the City of Gainesville?
O Excellent 0 Good,. 0 Fair OPoor O Don't Know

2. Please rate the quialitv of each of the follow ing (C it services, and the imipo tanice of each one to you.
(i.,. .... k one answer on each side for each i ; is. 1i


Police protection ..::.. .. ... ;.
Traffic enforcement .. ..... .......
:Fire protection : ................ .
City parks e.g. Westside, McPherson ......
Cultural events and exhibits ...........
Recreational programs .. .. ......
Nature parks and greenways ......
City buses (RTS) .......................
Building and ( l l I i, i i 111 :
I. i. I II ,. program ......................
Il.i.li,. election (Waste Management) .......
Street maintenance and repairs ............
..,inI, n,., I, -1iI C n s tree ,,in \ . ..
IJiin ...I ,i I golf course .......... .
. i i,; ll ii,, control ........ .... ...
Planning and Zoning ......... : :. ....


O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
o Excellent
o Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent


O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good


O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair


O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor


O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very
O Very


O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat
O Somewhat


O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not
O Not


3. In the past 12 months, have you or your family done any of the follow img If es. how would you rate the
helpfulness of the persons) who handled 3o011 question or problem?
(Check one answer on each side for each response)


Called for a City paramedic ...... .. ". .... ......
Called for mosquito control ..........................
C.Ill. d iII. City or W aste '. .1.i.. i- i II about trash .. ;. .. .
Called the Gainesville Fire Dept .......................
Called the Gainesville Police Dept. .....................
Contacted the City to 1, inI t poor road conditions .........


O YES
O YES
O YES
O YES
O YES
O YES


ONO
ONO
ONO
ONO
ONO
ONO


O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent


O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good


O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair


O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor


4. In, the past 12 months, have you or your family done any of the following? If yes, Iho\ oituld 0out rate your overall experience?
(Check one answer on each side for each response)


,\A. 1(I. I a City-sponsored ,< ,I. I 11. art festival, fair, or event
P. I ip..ii 1 ii .1i Cii athletic program :: ..... ........ ...
Participated in other City recreational programs .........
Recycled paper, cans, or bottles from your home ...........
Ridden a C ity bus ..................................
Visited a City nature area; e.g., l, i ni _'ild Ring Park .. ...
Visited a recreational park; e.g. Westside, McPherson .......
Played golf .i1 Ti ,.....l lf ... . . ......


O YES
O YES
O YES
O YES
O YES
O YES
O YES
O YES


ONO
ONO
ONO
ONO
ONO
ONO
ONO
ONO


O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent
O Excellent


O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good


O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair
O Fair


5. This question evaluates your general inipi session of the sei \ ices of the Gainesville Police Department (GPD).
Your opinion of personal safety in the City of G. ini ill I I I .............. .0 Excellent O Good O Fair
Gc. n. I.i1 qI I., of service by GPD .................. : ... ............ Excellent Good O Fair
Your impression of professionalism of GPD staff ..,...................... .0 Excellent O Good Fair


O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor
O Poor



O Poor
O Poor
o Poor


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Questions 6 10 evaluate GPD's respoi:se to a specific iiicidelt If you have nbt had any direct contact with
GPD in the last year please go to question 11.
6. Reason for your direct c ountac t with the Gainesville Police Department.
O Ticket Siisport 0 Victim 0 Witness 0 Traffic Incident
O Community Activity 0' Other (please p. ." i ~I)

7. Evaluation of officer/GPD staff contact.
M.I..111 i ii .I l ii. i situation was handled ...... ... ............... ...: ... 0 Excellent 0 Good O FLiii Poor
Level of courtesy and fi ll i in...: .. ... .... Excellent God ) I .1 0 Poor.
Helpfulness .......". ................... ....:.............. .. ,: .0 Excellent 0 Good O Fair O Poor
Aiiimul. .l................... .....................0r II 11 Good ;,F.i OPoor
Level of offli. i"' concern . .:. .... ...... .. ......... .. ....: .: : Excellent 0 Go,,d 0 Fair 0 Poor
L. 1, If professionalism ................ .................. .0 Excellent 0 Good O Fair O Poor
Cl,,ip. i.,-.. ,' ......... ..: ... ...................................... O F 11.II1 Good O Fair O Poor
S: Appearance ................. .: :.............................. ...... Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Length of time for officer to arrive or return phone call (if relevant) .......... .0 Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
If you were a victim: Information about rights provided? ....................... YES 0 NO
If you were a suspect: Information about rights provided? ......................O YES 0 NO

S8. Did an officer/investigator/detective follow up on your case? ............... .0 YES O NO
QU
2 9. If an office 'imestigatoi detec t e followed up, how satisfied were you?
> Amount oftime to (c,1.i.. I i N .ii .. ... ..... ..... .. ......... O F\. II. '1 0 Good 0 Fair 0 Poor
Service provided byofficer/investigator/detective ........................... O F,. .i'1. I' 0 Good 0 Fair Poor-"
Level of courtesy and friendliness ...................................... 11 Good 0 Fair 0 P,,i
S Helpfulness ........................................ .............. Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair 0 oPoor
Attitude ................................ ....... ............. '..I '. Excellent- O Good 0 Fair 0 Poor
Level of pil. i.n. ,,. ........................ I.0 Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair OPoor
S Competence .......... ................................. Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair 0 Poor
S AAppearance ............................................... .0 Excellent 0 Good 0 *Fair 0 Poor

2 10. What could the officers) have done to increase your level of satisfaction with the services provided?
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< 11. Are you a member of your local Crime Watch organization? ............... 0 YES O NO

12. Do you know who your neighborhood Police Officer is? ................... 0. YES 0 NO

13. A. In the past 3 months, hoI\ iain times have you visited a
( f I nature park (Morningside, Bivens Arm, etc.) or a ................... 0 15 0 6 10 0 Over 10
City recreational park? (Westside, McPherson, etc.) .................... 0 1 5 0 6 10 0 Over 10

B. If more than 0, how would you rate
The cleanliness .............................. Ex...cellen O0 Good 0 Fair O Poor
The level of safety ...,. : ...................... : ............... Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair 0 Poor
I lie attractiveness .......................................... .... Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair 0 Poor
l ii.l i llII tif thepark ............. ...................... .. .0 Excellent O Good 0 Fair OPoor
SI .iii.. 11.111i 1i the sports fields ..:. ....... ... .... .............. Excellent 3 Good 3 Fair O Poor
I Ii. < ii .iiii.i I value ..... .;:....: ........................ ........... Excellent -Good Fair 0 Poor

.14. .A.. Do you feel the C ti3 of Gainesville needs more parks? ..........;...; : :. YES O NO
B. If yes, in what sector of town? (NW, NE, SW, SE) ...................,.: NW 0 NE SW 0 SE
C. What kinds of facilities? (baseball 'soccer fields, pool, gym, center) .


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15. A. In the past 3 months, how many uines have you used the Citybus sei 'ice (RTS)'
S0 01 5 06 -10 0 Over 10

B. What would encourage 3oti to use the Ci;o bus service more often? (Check all ihat appil)
0 Nothing 0 Si III. i buses O More frequent buses
O More friendly service ..0 Cleaner buses O Extended hours
0 Lower fare 0 New routes "Buses being on time

16. Rank the order of issues which you feel are the most important problems for City officials to work on first. Put a 1' next to
the issue ;ou feel is most important, a '2' nex to the second most iiipoi taut issue, etc.
C I,I(lu iiII,l II \i reets & Sidewalks Pollution 1i ll. F iiiiii. iii
Crime Sustainable Development
: G row l II, 1'. 1., III' 111 1 .... ..I Taxes
Jobs & the Economy Traffic
Litter Control Waste Disposal
Parks & Recreation I I ii. Drugs

17. For statistical purposes, please indicate famiih's total annual income BE FORE T\XES for 2004. (Include money from all
sources for all persons living in your household.)
SI a a ..- 10 $0 -10'.000 O $10,000 30,000 0 $30,000 50,000 0 Over $50,000


18 lour gender:


0 Male 0 Female


19. Number of individuals in your household:


20. Your age:


01 02 03 O 4 or more


018- 21 ? 34 0 35 -49 ... 0 50 ,,64.. O over 64


21. Your race/ethnicity: 0 Black 0 ,VIiii.


0 Hispanic 0 Asian O Other


22: \\'hat zip code do you live in?

23. In the space below, please make any comments you have regarding City programs and services: (Remember, this survey is
-anonymous.)


24. Did you answer this survey before reading the 2004 Citizen's Report?

25 Did you like the Citizen's Report?

26. Did you find the report easy to read?

27. Do ;ou feel this report provides useful information to City residents?
If no. wh:y?

28. Is there any information you \ would add or delete from the report?
If so, what?.......


OYES ONO

OYES ONO

OYES ONO

O YES O) NO


OYES ONO


29. At a cost of approximately $1.38 per copy, should the City continue to provide this report to its a.\pa ei s' Q YES
If yes, how often? O Annually O Every 3 years O Every 5 years 0 Other (please specify)


ONO


30. Please make any other comments you have regarding the Citizen's Report, in the space below.




If you would like a copy of the results of this survey c. I 14 5032 after September 30,,2005, and a free copy will be mailed to you. Also,
check ,i i11 City's website -http \\ n c r ofgamies ille oig ;








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For numbers not listed below call (352) 334-5005
A Persons % ith disabilities whO require assistance to participate in City Conimnission meetings are
requested to notify\ the Equal Opportunity Departnent at 334-5051 or call the TD Dphone line
at 331-2069 at least 48 hours in advance "" ----.


Adminiistrati\ e Services .
Assistant 'City manager ...
BuildinI Inspection ....
Citv Attorney ... .... ....
City Auditor ...... ... ::. ..
City Commission .........
City M manager ............
Clerk of Conimmission ......
Community Development. .
CoImp)uter Services .......
Cultural Affaiis ,. ........
Economic De\ elopment -.
Equal Opportunity ........
Facilities Management ....
Finance ................
Fire Rescue ., . ...
Fleet Management .......
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Human Resources ........
Ironwood Golf Course-.- ,,,,
Management &Budget ....
Police ..................
Public Works ............
Recreation & Parks .......
Regional Transit System .. or
Risk Management ........
Solid W aste .............
Stormwater Management ..
Streets ............. .
JTraffic engineering ..:::. ..


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The Government Finance Officers Association of e llUnited Statesad -----
Canada (GFOC ) has gien an A-iard for Outstanding Achievement in Popular
Annual Financial Reporting to the City of Gainesville for its Popular Annual
Financial Report for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2003 .. .
The Award for Ourstanding Achie enenet in PopularAjnual Financial Reporting
S is a prestigious national a ard recognizing conformiance with the highest
standmards or preparation of state and local go erninent popular reports.-

Che--ck--out---the City's website at http:www.cit-------ofgaiiieille.org--
Clwcf6uii the City's website at http://www.c i ( ofga i ties i lle.org.


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-Prairie Sunse ite ed bv
poster artist C andace
McCaffery, a fiber %all hanging
portraying Gainesville, Florida's
beautifill susets A branch in
the center of theartwork
represents the City of .
Gainesville, also kioion as.
"Tree Cirt USA' The'arious
colored and textured leaves
symbolize the rich cultural and
ethnic diversity of the Ci t
and LUiimersith community
that makes Gainesville
such a unique place.








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