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Title: Gainesville Citizen's Report
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Title: Gainesville Citizen's Report
Series Title: Gainesville Citizen's Report
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Gainesville (Fla.)
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Publisher: City of Gainesville Finance Department
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2005
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Volume ID: VID00005
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Your city, your government, and your city commission
        Page 1
    Your charter officers
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Departments
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    Financial condition and reporting
        Page 12
        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
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TOTAL EXPENSES $672,515


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OPPORTUNITY

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TOTAL EXPENSES $387,023


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UTILITIES

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DEPARTMENTS


GENERAL SERVICES
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TOTAL EXPENSES $8,389,319


MARKETING AND

COMMUNICATIONS
The Marketing and Communications
Office (MCO) is responsible for the coordina-
tion of General Government's communication
and marketing activities. Responsibilities
include oversight and liaison with community
education cable access television (WLUF-TV,
Cox Cable Channel 6) and local government
i-.ll .i--,ss, Ili-.adcast operations (W COG-
TV fi 11n ii I :.: Cable Channel 12), develop-
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v., .-i n.ii- ,l ilvelopment of an internal
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M.l ., ,i.i .II'. i ves as the City's public infor-
ut. iii iffi i I d media contact.
In hi'll M.1l, eting and Communications
plans to develop a program and
schedule for the City of
Gainesville Citizen's Academy,
develop new locally produced
program formats and content for
City programming on the local
government cable access chan-
nel and assist in the develop-
ment of a community-wide
effort to brand and market the
Gainesville area.
5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $226,250


ASSISTANT CITY MANAGERSIIIII(~(I
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PARKS, RECREATION

& CULTURAL AFFAIRS
Fiscal year 2005 saw a number of changes
and improvements within the Department of
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.
In April, the Department's Nature
Operations Division dedicated the new 33
acre Cofrin Nature Park. The City's newest
nature park was made possible by the cooper-
ative efforts of the City, Alachua County, Land
Conservation Board and the Cofrin family,
long-time Gainesville residents. By mid-year,
visitors to Cofrin Park averaged 5,000 per
month. Visits to all the City's Nature Parks
exceeded 300,000 in 2005.
The Parks Division continued to make
significant improvements to a number of the
37 different active parks that it maintains
throughout the City. The Northeast Park
tennis courts were resurfaced, lighting at
several parks was installed or improved, new
tennis court lights were installed at Westside
Park, six new traffic medians were landscaped
and added to the annual maintenance
program and new playground equipment was
installed at Rosa B. Williams Center/Union
Academy. The division also manages and
maintains the historic Evergreen Cemetery,
Thomas Center grounds, the Downtown
Community Plaza and over 80 street medians
throughout the City. The division's Urban
Forestry section once again met its annual
goal of planting 1,000 trees throughout the
City while maintaining the City's overall tree
canopy. The on-going management of the
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tion as a Tree City USA for the 23rd straight
year and 2005 recipient of a Tree City Growth
Award from the National Arbor Day
Foundation.
The City's Ironwood Golf Course contin-
ued to make needed improvements by adding
additional cart paths throughout the entire
course and by addressing drainage problems
on several fairways. In addition, future
improvements to the course will be funded by
the $2 Capital Improvements Fee now
charged for every round. This dedicated fund-
ing will ensure continuing improvements to
the course in the years ahead, especially to
the tees, fairways and the greens. Ironwood
continued to be the home golf course for


several local high schools and hosted E
regional youth Drive, Chip and Putt competi-
tion sponsored by several local companies.
Nearly 50 fund raising tournaments were helc
for local community groups and private
organizations.
The Department's Recreation Division
offered summer swimming programs at the
City's three swimming facilities in 2005 and
provided summer camp programs for youth at
six different sites. During the school year, the
recreation center offered after school programs
for youth and evening recreation classes for
adults and families. In the area of athletics, the
Florida Parks and Recreation Association
recognized the department's athletic program


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Medieval Fair, the Downtown Festival and Art
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music series, the Downtown Plaza Ice Skating
Rink and the New Year's Eve Downtown
Countdown. Over 220,000 people attended
the many Cultural Affairs events in 2005.
101.125 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $9,678,110


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COMPUTER SERVICES

Computer Services provides hardware and
software support for all general government
activities. The department also oversees
the purchasing of all computer-related items
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TOTAL EXPENSES $2,203,479


FINANCE


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ses upon request, the preparation of the City's
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,
billing and collection of revenue, administra-
tion and billing of occupational taxes and
processing of payroll and accounts payable. In
addition, the department oversees the coordi-
nation of all City cash and investment manage-
iii,-[ I-,nsion management, debt manage-
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45.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $2,999,994


HUMAN RESOURCES
Th,- Human Resources Department devel-
i. i iil.lements, and monitors systems and
p,. "'i,1i1.. to recruit, hire, motivate, train and
i,.1 I .1 highly qualified and diverse workforce.
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management in interpretation of personnel
policies, procedures and labor agreements.
The department is involved in several areas
related to creating a positive professional
working environment for City employees. The
department also provides career counseling
and training to foster employment growth and
development for all City employees.
During fiscal year 2005, the Human
Resources Department implemented a new
HR/Payroll web-based system, negotiated one
labor agreement, reduced the fee structure for
the City's deferred compensation plan, insti-
tuted a new 401(a) and implemented the
ROTH IRA. Department staff also increased
retirement training, reviewed job classifica-
tions, updatedjob descriptions and assisted in
the development of and implementation of a
new pay structure and evaluation tool for
Administrative and Professional employees.
The department processed 13,995 employ-
ment applications resulting in 552 positions
being filled and offered 380 training classes
that were attended by 1,764 participants.
Website: www.cityofgainesville.org/hr
20.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $1,215,366


MANAGEMENT
AND BUDGET

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and enhance the on-going financial stability
of the City of Gainesville. Strategic planning
projects include annexation activities,
revenue diversification, productivity analysis,
program evaluation, collective bargaining
activities, long-range financial forecasting,
preparation of the Capital Improvement Plan,
corporate goal setting and performance
management. The budget management
aspect of our operation includes the prepara-
tion of the biennial budget, quarterly monitor-
ing and position control.
OMB also administers the City's intern-
ship program established in 2001. So far, this
program has provided job experience to 129
college students. In 2006, 15 interns are
employed by the City of Gainesville, not
including the GRU internship program. These
students are a resource that allows depart-
ments to accomplish their 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 experience that will help them transi-
tion into a successful career in the public or
private sector.
7.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $522,503


RISK MANAGEMENT
The Risk Management Department
manages the general insurance and the
employee health, accident and life insurance
benefits of the City. General insurance activi-
ties include a self-insurance plan for workers'
compensation, automobile and general liabil-
ity coverage. Risk Management provides
employee health services through a City
clinic, which provides health, nutritional, and
psychological services.
Wellness services are available to employ-
ees and retirees as well as their spouses if
they are covered by the City's Group Health
Plan. The wellness focus represents the
City's commitment to create and maintain a
healthy employee group, thus ensuring the
future financial stability of the City's Group
Health Plan.
13 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $22,761,792


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changes i ll l, i i .jiini iev '- ,i l I,'-I "
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The Housing Division receives federal, state
and other public/private funding to implement
the City's Comprehensive Housing Program.
The division provides a full range of affordable
housing services to income-eligible families,
such as housing repairs, new construction,
house replacement, rental rehabilitation,
special needs housing, down payment assis-
tance, mortgage foreclosure intervention,
homebuyer/homeowner education and train-
ing and housing counseling services.
Community Development also administers
the Community Redevelopment Agency
(CRA). The CRA includes four districts:
College Park/University Heights, Downtown,
Eastside and Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street. The
CRA promotes revitalization and redevelop-
ment in the districts. Each district has programs
designed specially to meet its own goals.
Some of the projects include the Model Block
project and Fifth Avenue streetscape in Fifth
Avenue/Pleasant Street, University Avenue
median enhancements in the Eastside,
upgraded lighting along NW 13th Street and


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Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME
Investment Partnership (HOME) Programs. In
fiscal year 2005, the City allocated $1,483,000
in CDBG funds for 25 local projects and and activi-
ties and $858,831 in HOME funds for 8 local
projects and activities.
The Building Inspection Division promotes
safety by enforcing building, electrical, plumbing,
mechanical, fuel, fire prevention and life-safety
codes. The division provides a review service
for owners and developers, who can request
permits by fax and by fast track. To provide
efficient service, inspections are done within
24 hours of the request. The division's First
Step Development Assistance Center provides
a convenient one-stop location where a resi-
dent or developer may receive permitting and
development review assistance in the areas of
public works, planning, building, utilities and
life safety. The division processed over 9,000
permits in 2005, representing over $400
million in building valuation.
79 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $9,113,034


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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Community Development provides long-range plans for the growth
and development of the City and the preservation of its natural
environment and addresses development, neighborhood, housing
and preservation issues. The department enhances the quality of
existing neighborhoods and commercial areas through
assistance in preservation and redevelopment.
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Department activities are intended to
nurture and develop local enterprises, expand
and diversify the existing economic base, and
attract new business entities to the commu-
nity. Each of these activities is undertaken with
the objective of sustaining the City's excep-
tional quality of life through a focus on the
City's economic assets (land, labor, capital and
entrepreneurship). Specific projects supported
by the Department include: (1) administration
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3 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $468,068


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ihi- nI-w Firefighter Rescue Magnet Program
I,.sil .,it the Loften Center. The program
,-Inii iiy has 15 students enrolled, many of
wti i, aspiree to a career in the fire services.
(GI N; i tinues to place a significant emphasis
..ii.. ii lucting Fire Safety Inspections. During
i,- I,.,s[ year, over 1,300 inspections were
,:iif-iiiied, including routine inspections,
I1iihI[ iiispections, complaint investigations
,11i 1 I 'i: plan reviews.
111 '005, more than $665,000 in grant
fin i 1 was awarded to GFR. A portion of the


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equipment for hazardous materials incidents
and urban search and rescue operation.
Funding from a state EMS grant provided for
the purchase of advanced EKG monitors/
defibrillators and GIS-CAD software.
GFR has recently named one of its own as
the new Fire Chief. The new Chief will be
counted on to continue the tradition of excel-
lence demonstrated by the men and women
of the Gainesville Fire Rescue Department.
150.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $13,623,470


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2005 was an exceptional year for the
department, highlighted by the dedication of
the Reichert House, the continuation of the
Phoenix Initiative and the enhancements
made to the Wireless Computer System.
In 2005, GPD continued its community
policing efforts by working closely with the 58
active crime watch neighborhoods in our City
to provide solutions to community problems.
The department responded to over 144, 000
calls for service, made over 7,000 arrests and
issued almost 29,000 traffic citations.
2005 also saw the continuation of the
City's comprehensive plan to reduce street-
level drugs. This two-year effort, funded
primarily with confiscated drug monies, has
been responsible for over 1,000 street-level
drug arrests as well as the referral of over 200
people to drug treatment centers for their
addictions.
Another significant accomplishment of
2005 was the enactment by the City
Commission of one of the toughest sexual
predator ordinances in the State of Florida.
This ordinance does not allow sexual preda-
tors to move within 2,500 feet of an area
where children congregate, including parks,
schools and other recreational areas.
In 2006, GPD will finish the largest expan-
sion to its headquarters in the history of the
agency. When the expansion is completed,
GPD will have a state-of-the-art indoor shoot-
ing range, driving simulator and large commu-
nity meeting room.
376 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $33,492,688


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Transportation projects included the start-
up of operations at the Southwest Downtown
Parking Garage, installation of new electronic
parking meters, initiation of the Smart Card
operation, development of a priority ranking
system for traffic calming requests, and rank-
ing of over 100 requests on file, and working
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group has been active in the construction of
the Depot Park stormwater retention facility as
well as with the addition of 1,626 new
customers to the Stormwater Utility. Ongoing
stormwater projects also include a stormwater
park in the Duval neighborhood and stabiliza-
tion of the old Sweetwater Branch landfill site.
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presentations and events, creek cleanup,
development of the gainesvillecreeks.org
website, pollution violation enforcement,
erosion and sedimentation control efforts, as
well as municipal "good housekeeping" so
that the City's activities are clean and environ-
mentally friendly. Mapping has also been a
priority and the division continues to develop
,n interactive digital map of the urban area to
I 1- I rsed for stormwater modeling and manage-
IIiii purposes. Maps for the Tumblin Creek
.1,111 Sweetwater Branch watersheds were
updated in order for homeowners and
builders to more easily comply with
flood management rules and regula-
tions.
The Solid Waste Division partici-
pated in fourteen neighborhood
cleanup and arranged proper solid
waste collection, recycling and
disposal services at special events.
The division continued daily enforce-
ment of the commercial and residen-
tial solid waste codes while continu-
ing the remediation of the old
Sweetwater Branch landfill site.
Staff continued to promote waste
reduction, including source reduc-
tion, recycling, and composting.
Additionally, the division is a member
of the Alachua County Disaster
Debris Management Team. Under the
supervision of the division, an inmate
crew began work at the end of the
S year and removed 24,611 pounds of
trash from 122 miles of right-of-way
and a homeless camp in November
and December.
158.75 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $26,542,407


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grows in our community, RTS continues to be
a key player in building successful relations
with the community and local and state agen-
cies. RTS's unlimited bus pass program for
employees of the City of Gainesville,
University of Florida and Alachua County
continues to encourage ridership growth.
During fiscal year 2005, RTS successfully
added yet another employee pass program
for North Florida/South Georgia Veterans
Health System (the Gainesville Veterans
Administration Hospital) employees. This
partnership added another 2,000 potential
riders with unlimited bus access to RTS. RTS
continues to provide free service for all ADA
eligible riders on its fixed route system.
The successful partnership between RTS
and the University of Florida has enabled RTS
to meet the growing demand for transit in our
community. Expansion projects completed
within fiscal year 2005 include the new
employee parking lot and preliminary site
design for the rehabilitation of the existing
RTS operations and administration building.
Continued expansion of RTS's existing
facilities remains the first priority for fiscal year
2006. Enhanced transit service for east
Gainesville is the next priority. RTS remains
committed to the continued growth of the
system through the provision of reliable, effi-
cient and convenient transit service to its
customers.
219.5 BUDGETED POSITIONS
TOTAL EXPENSES $15,856,086


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FINANCIAL CONDITION


AND REPORT NG,
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ECONOMIC

OUTLOOK
The economic landscape in Gainesville
continues to be dominated by the government
sector. Statistics complied by the Bureau of
Economic Outreach and Research at the
University of Florida indicate that one of every
threejobs in Gainesville is provided by federal,
state or local government. This reliance on
jobs from outside the private sector tends to
modify Gainesville's reaction to external
economic stimuli, such that the local economy
1i, ,1li less rapidly than others during boom
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FINANCIAL
HIGHLIGHTS

FOR THE YEAR
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TREND IN MILLAGE RATES


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4.960

4.940


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4.860
4.840

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4.800


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During the budget process, the City Commission sets the Property Tax (millage) rates, effective
October 1st of each year. One mill represents $1 of tax charged per $1,000 of assessed value.
Millage rates are levied based on 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.


PROPERTY TAX REVENUES


20

18

16

14

12
2
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1 10

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4


1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Property Tax Revenues represent 23% of the City's total general fund revenues. Although the
tax millage rate has remained steady for 10 years, property tax revenues have increased 50%.
This is primarily due to the increase in taxable values of the property located in the City limits
as determined by the County Property Appraiser, and annexation of urban fringe areas.


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MAJOR

INITIATIVES FOR

THE YEAR

GRU RETROFITTING
DEERHAVEN 2 FOR
CLEANER AIR
In March 2005, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency passed two new rules
affecting our power plants; the Clean Air
Interstate Rule (CAIR) and Clean Air Mercury
Rule (CAMR). These new federal rules set
annual emission levels for sulfur dioxide, nitro-
gen oxide and mercury. In May 2005, the City
Commission authorized us to proceed with an
Air Quality Control System to retrofit the 238
MW coal-fired Deerhaven 2 power plant to
meet the new federal regulations. The retrofit
will reduce nitrogen oxide levels by 2009 and
sulfur dioxide and mercury levels by 2010.
We selected the international engineering
firm of Sargent & Lundy to conduct an evalua-
tion of air quality control systems best suited
to reduce emissions. Based on project objec-
tives that included achieving greater emission
reductions than required by State and Federal
regulations, Sargent & Lundy recommended
that a Dry Flue Gas Desulfurization with Fabric
Filter would best reduce the sulfur dioxide
levels. Further, they concluded that a Selective
Catalytic Reduction would substantially
reduce nitrogen oxide levels and that all three
systems would significantly reduce mercury.
Additional benefits of the Fabric Filter include
reductions in particulate matter by 25 percent.
These recommendations were approved by the
Gainesville City Commission on January 5,
2006. Project objectives also include minimiz-
ing power, water and chemical usage while
balancing long term operating costs.


FOR THE FUTURE

NEW DEVELOPMENTS
FOR COMMUNITY
REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
Each of the four Community Redevelopment
Agency (CRA) areas have projects on the hori-
zon that will change the face of Gainesville
over the coming year.
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the CRA with at least four new projects
currently under construction. As the
University Corners project moves closer to
construction, city residents will begin to see a
wide range of changes in the area, leading to a
truly transformational project.
Downtown, the CRA has accepted a
proposal for a twelve-story condominium on
City parking lot 10 that includes retail and
restaurants on an outside plaza. This project


Financial Condition and Reporting 13







will offer 14 affordable housing units and
will be built with "green building" tech-
niques. The CRA is awaiting proposals for a
hotel on City parking lot 9 in the center of
the Downtown area. This hotel will provide
meeting space and hotel rooms for visitors
to the area. Staff is reviewing plans for a
project on Southwest 2nd and Southwest
6th Street and the First Baptist Church is
currently interviewing developers for their
site on University Avenue. Phase 2 of the
popular Regents Park row is underway as
well and sales are brisk.
Construction has begun on the next two
Model Block houses in the Fifth
Avenue/Pleasant Street District. These
historic rehabs have the support of the
National Trust for Historic Preservation and
will be offered for homeownership in the
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14 Financial Condition and Reporting


CAPITAL ASSETS
As OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 AND 2004
(NET OF DEPRECIATION)
[000'S OMITTED]


Land
Utility plant and Equipment
Buildings
Improvements
Machinery and Equipment
Infrastructure
Construction in Progress
Total


GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITIES
2005 2004
$ 15,844 $ 15,388


26,718
1,291
11,686
51,246
3,924
$110,709


18,198
1,273
11,732
50,060
11,302
$107,953


BUSINESS-TYPE ACTIVITIES
2005 2004
$ 3,566 $ 2,574
627,754 637,049
1,841 1,950
749 446
8,260 6,320
7,710 7,794
107,867 74,908
$757,747 $731,041


TOTAL
2005 2004
$ 19,410 $ 17,962
627,754 637,049
28,559 20,148
2,040 1,719
19,946 18,052
58,956 57,854
111,791 86,210
$868,456 $838,994


CAPITAL ASSETS
FISCAL YEAR 2005


Construction in Progress -
I I I hl h ,i ) I


Infrastructure -
[ '.!. [.- ..h J l I


Nole 1:. i i:-- ,: ...- .11- 1: -):,i, iIii,,- Capital Assets of
: 1,1, : ,,,, :, :,, 1,, r,: I:,: i, :f $98.6 M million


Land--$19.41 Million (14%)




Buildings -
$28.56 Million (20%)






Improvements -
'04 Million (1%)


Machinery and Equipment -
$19.95 Million (14%)







Project managers successfully obtained
additional funding for completing the
project. The State of Florida Bureau of
Water Facilities awarded the project $1.1
million for the stormwater management
system. The Department of Environmental
Protection pledged up to $200,000 for
developing a cleanup plan for solvent
impacts recently discovered. Recreation
facility development received a boost with
an award of a $150,000 grant from the U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban
Development.
Planning for Phase 2, which involves
remediation of the manufactured gas plant
and CSX site, construction of the east basin
and reconstruction of Depot Avenue is
moving forward. Project managers antici-
pate selecting a contractor for this work by
mid-2006.


NET ASSETS
As OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 AND 2004
[000'S OMITTED]

GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITIES BUSINESS-TYPE ACTIVITIES


Current Assets
Capital Assets
Total Assets

Long-Term Liabilities
Outstanding
Other Liabilities
Total Liabilities

Net Assets


FINANCIAL

REPORTING


2005 2004


$ 166,879
110,709
277,588


161,822
13,363
175,185


$ 143,708
107,953
251,661


124,893
14,817
139,710


2005 2004


$ 352,033
757,748
1,109,781


454,367
268,451
722,818


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


438,617
283,972
722,589


2005
$ 518,912
868,457
1,387,369


616,189
281,814
898,003


TOTAL


2004
$ 521,804
838,994
1,360,798


563,510
298,789
862,299


$ 102,403 $ 111,951 $ 386,963 $ 386,548 $ 489,366 $ 498,499




CHANGES IN NET ASSETS
As OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 AND 2004
[000'S OMITTED]


GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITIES BUSINESS-TYPE ACTIVITIES


2005 2004


2005 2004


TOTAL
2005


2004


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 30, 2005,
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 repre-
sent the original cost less an amount for
accumulated depreciation. While current
assets are available to finance regular City
operations, capital assets are not.
Long Term Liabilities represent debt
obligations of the City from long-term
financing. The proceeds from these various
debt issues were used to finance large proj-
ects such as building construction and
renovations, major equipment purchases
and roadway reconstruction. Other
Liabilities include debts that can be paid
off in a year or less.


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
Net Assets- 10/1/04
Prior Period Adjustment '04
Net Assets
10/1/04, restated


$ 17,840
13,250
19,365
18,928
4,118
1,564
1,895
76,960

23,677
54,281
8,548

19,879
106,385


$ 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


(29,425) (24,973)
28,236 27,130


(1,189)
111,951
(8,359)


2,157
109,794


$ 261,275 $ 245,135
13,033 12,632


4,389
14,624
293,321




15,408
235,042
11,247
261,697


7,011
16,155
280,933




13,947
215,338
10,998
240,283


31,624 40,650
(28,236) (27,130)


3,388
386,548
(2,973)


13,520
373,028


103,592 109,794 383,575 373,028


$ 279,115
26,283
19,365
18,928
4,118
5,953
16,519
370,281

23,677
54,281
23,956
235,042
31,126
368,082


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

18,458
45,714
23,496
215,338
27,929
330,935


2,199 15,677


2,199
498,499
(11,332)


15,677
482,822


487,167 482,822


Net Assets-9/30/05 $102,403 $111,951 $386,963 $386,548 $489,366 $498,499


Financial Condition and Reporting 15







NET ASSETS BY ACTIVITY
FISCAL YEAR 2005


Current Asser:
Capital Asse-:
-- Long Term Ll:.iwh-: -
% Other Liab Ih.-:
Net Assets


Governmental Activities


Business-Type Activities
Business-Type Activities


Total


GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS BY FUND TYPE
REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES
As OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 AND 2004
[000'S OMITTED]


Revenues and Other Sources
General
Special Revenue
Debt Service
Capital Projects
Total Revenues
Expenditures and Other Uses
General
Special Revenue
Debt Service
Capital Projects
Total Expenditures
NET GAIN (LOSS)


2005


2004


$ 84,438
19,509
50,285
7,922
162,154

85,555
16,916
50,631
5,160
158,262
$ 3,892


$ 78,855
15,058
20,624
1,645
116,182

80,170
16,517
20,540
10,304
127,531
$ (11,349)


Increase
(Decrease)

$ 5,583
4,451
29,661
6,277
45,972

5,385
399
30,091
(5,144)
30,731
$ 15,241


The schedule above reflects the revenues and expenditures of the City's governmental
funds for the fiscal years 2005 and 2004. The schedule includes the amount of increases
and decreases in relation to prior year totals.


900 -/


16 Financial Condition and Reporting


800 -
700 -
600 -
500 -
400 -
300 -
200 -
100 -


Net Assets represent the resources the
City has available to continue to provide serv-
ices 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.
Governmental Activities include general
government, public safety, physical environ-
ment, transportation, economic environment,
human services, and culture and recreation.
Business-type activities are functions
intended to recover all or a significant portion
of their costs through user fees and charges.
Business-type activities include electric gener-
ation, transmission and distribution, natural
gas, water and wastewater, telecommunica-
tions, refuse collection, stormwater manage-
ment, golf course and mass transit.


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 govern-
mental fund types.
The General Fund reflects the majority of
the financial activity of departments within
City government. Taxes, user fees and transfers
from other City departments (including GRU)
make up the majority of funding sources.
Special Revenue Funds are used to
account for specific revenue sources that are
restricted to expenditures 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 state-
ments until the programs are completed.
Debt Service Funds are used to account
for receipt and payment of general long-term
debt proceeds, principal and interest. The City
typically issues bonds in order to finance large
capital projects.







CAPITAL PROJECTS
FISCAL YEAR 2005 EXPENDITURES
rainage
action
794

24%




Lhhl.-, --.a


Roads & Di
Construe
$1,237,


New Construction
& Renovations
--- $3,482,697


Recreation Facilities 3o
& Equipment
$143,071


Computers &
Equipment
$279,305


PROPRIETARY FUNDS
COMPARISON FOR FISCAL YEAR 2005


IuP.- .,,,. M iE n-,-:


S- +


4 4 I


Capital Projects Funds account for finan-
cial resources to be used for the acquisition or
construction of major facilities or improve-
ments. 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 2004.


PROPRIETARY

FUNDS

Proprietary Funds are used to account for
the government'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 Services.
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 business
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 maintenance and acquisition.
Internal Service Funds are used to give
an accounting for activities provided by one
governmental fund to other governmental
funds. The charges for those services are
designed for cost recovery only.


Transit Storm- Ironwood
water Golf Course


Solid General
Waste Insurance


Fleet EHAB


Financial Condition and Reporting 17


20-

18-

16

14 -







COMPONENT UNITS
Component Units are presented in a
separate column in the financial statements to
emphasize that they are legally separate from
the City. The Community Redevelopment
Agency (CRA) and the Gainesville Enterprise
Zone Development Agency (GEZDA) were
created by ordinance of the City to carry out
community redevelopment within the City of
Gainesville. The City Commission appoints
the boards of these organizations and
approves their budgets.

^*'*:' .^'SJ


FIDUCIARY FUNDS DEBT


Fiduciary Funds are used to account for
-s, i, -, h l, I f tl- I ,-1 i-fit. of parties outside
thei j, vwiii ii Ta.-h fin ,, s are not available
,1. '..111, tS* f [it.- I I'/ wMill programs. The
(C'i ;v filij, ,11'/ finl l i'ii- includes Pension
.,11 I l. t ilh PI, E.i[ iii iiiin-i. t Benefit (O PEB)
Tfiist Fiii, is T1,. t ,.i 11 1 ,i ., i OPEB trust fund
I l[ ,Is -ts [h [.,111 rii i, v- '1.3 ;: : m million.


ADMINISIRATIIUN
The City's required principal and interest
payments on outstanding debt were remitted
timely and in full during fiscal year 2005. The
reserve requirements mandated by the bond
covenants remain funded at the prescribed levels.
The City's total bonded long-term liabilities at the
end of the current fiscal year were $625,589,229,
W ith, 'l.1-,/ .:c ./ ,_ 11I -Ii n l ,II, I i ,i-- I ltilI, Tir-
S1 1,;i th, is _'i 11 ': ;:;li_- ,f ,s ,I-Ir i s lih ,- ,ilh l in,,
01I,.,11 1/-,11l ''7 ll I Th il il- 1 1 11 ,1], 1'- 1*1t ,W i
TI >1l- i i ii 1 llw 1,i li il


Community Redevelopment Agency's
purpose is to correct blighting influences
through construction of enhancements to
public places and land. Improving derelict
buildings helps to create an environment
conducive to private investment.
Gainesville Enterprise Zone Development
Agency targets areas for economic revitaliza-
tion. It offers financial incentives to busi-
nesses to encourage private investment and
increase employment opportunity for the areas'
residents. Three non-contiguous business
districts within the City of Gainesville make
up the Zone. During 2005, 38 applications
were processed, 700 businesses were assisted,
206 new businesses entered the zone, and
784 newjobs were created.


18 Financial Condition and Reporting







PROPRIETARY FUND BY ENTITY
REVENUES AND EXPENSES
As OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 AND 2004
[000'S OMITTED]

Increase
2005 2004 (Decrease)
Revenues
Transit $ 18,285 $ 14,334 $ 3,951
Utilities 261,643 252,554 9,089
Stormwater 5,743 6,930 (1,187)
Ironwood Golf Course 1,224 1,200 24
Solid Waste 7,464 7,098 366
General Insurance 7,112 6,840 272
Fleet 7,231 6,328 903
EHAB 14,000 16,164 (2,164)
Total Revenues $ 322,702 $ 311,448 $ 11,254

Expenses
Transit $ 15,630 $ 14,503 $ 1,127
Utilities 263,066 244,184 18,882
Stormwater 5,003 4,387 616
Ironwood Golf Course 1,525 1,703 (178)
Solid Waste 6,539 6,218 321
General Insurance 6,844 6,342 502
Fleet 6,346 5,644 702
EHAB 13,365 12,934 431
Total Expenses $ 318,318 $ 295,915 $ 22,403
Revenues Over (Under)
Expenses $ 4,384 $ 15,533 $ (11,149)

TOTAL BONDED LONG TERM LIABILITIES
As OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 AND 2004
[000'S OMITTED]

Increase
2005 2004 (Decrease)
Governmental Activities:
Revenue Bonds $ 35,097 $ 32,347 $ 2,750
Pension Obligation Bonds 87,925 89,045 (1,120)
OPEB Obligation Bonds 35,210 35,210
Governmental Activity Bonded
Long-Term Liabilities 158,232 121,392 36,840

Business-Type Activities:
Utility Revenue Bonds 370,535 383,535 (13,000)
Utility Notes Payable 96,822 68,875 27,947
Other Liabilities 1,111 (1,111)
Business-Type Bonded
Long-Term Liabilities 467,357 453,521 13,836
Total Bonded
Long-Term Liabilities $ 625,589 $ 574,913 $ 50,676


Financial Condition and Reporting 19
























Art In Public Places Trust 5 member committee is
established for each major public constructed project.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Board -12 members:
City (4), County (4) and MTPO (4). The Board shall
study and make recommendations to the City
Commission, the County Commission, and the
MTPO on all matters concerning planning, imple-
mentation, and maintenance of policies, programs,
and facilities for the safe and efficient integration of
bicyclists and pedestrians into the urban area trans-
port3tion scstePm
Board of Adjustment I. m-mil.-r. I ir, r .lrn:
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Board of Trustees of the Consolidated Police
Officers' and Firefighters' Retirement Plan .

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r.lmlrl [ ,I ri Ii I : -,1', .,iI'i I .I11111-1[ III1 ir
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20 Advisory Boards and Committees


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 and imple-
mentation of community arts involvement in and
around the City of Gainesville.
Gainesville/Alachua County Regional Airport
Authority 9 members City residency not
required. The purpose of the Authority is to manage
and operate the airport and airport facilities, an
independent special district.
Gainesville Code Enforcement Board 7 members
City residency required. The Gainesville Code
Enforcement Board has jurisdiction to hear and
decide cases of alleged violations of Gainesville City
codes. Members also serve on the Nuisance
Abatement Board.
Gainesville Energy Advisory Committee- 9 members
City residency not required. The Committee advises
the City Commission on energy policy matters and
reviews the continuing work of the Gainesville
Regional Utilities.
Gainesville Enterprise Zone Development Agency
rn-mle.-r- City residency not required. Created to
Srr ,, ,:,u rt ,:,:nomic development and redevelop-
m rnir[ r,.. ,:of Chapter 290, Florida Statutes.
Gainesville Housing Authority 5 members City
r.r., i.ln.: I n.:r required. The authority establishes
,oli,: ,, jn.l i -.ponsible for the planning, financ-
in, .::,in.rri.i:ri.:,n, leasing, managing and maintain-
ini .:. l i.:. i rjrr public housing, subjectto applicable
ij. ,. nI ,:,:,rntractual relations with the US
Department of Housing and Urban Development
and the City Commission.
Gainesville Human Rights Board 7 members City
residency required. The purpose of the Gainesville
Human Rights Board is to enforce, file, process and
hear complaints of discrimination based upon age,
race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin,
disabilities, marital status and sexual orientation.
Historic Preservation Board 9 members City resi-
dency required. The responsibilities of this Board
are to update the official inventory of cultural
resources and submit recommendations and docu-
mentation to the City Commission; develop
programs to stimulate public interest in urban
neighborhood conservation policies and goals; and
cooperate with City, County, Regional, State and
Federal Governments in site, building, structures,
object areas and districts, both public and private,
for listing on the local Register for Historic places.


ADIOR OAD


& COMMITTEESl*111111U~lll

Gaiesvllehaslon ben amird fr is prtiipaorystye o goernent
The Ciy hasmany avisor board and ommittes tht provde reident
an oportunty t contibuteto teir lcal overnent ad paticipte i


Nature Centers Commission 12 members City
residency not required. The Nature Centers
Commission assists the City Commission through
recommendations and advice given in respect to
developing programs, ordinances, use regulations
and resource management policies as required to
protect the natural system and other values to the
Nature Centers of the City of Gainesville.
Pension Review Committee 5 members City
residency not required. SUCCESSFUL INVEST-
MENT AND ADVISORY EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.
The Committee shall assist the City Commission in
carrying out its fiduciary responsibility as Board of
Trustees of the City's pension funds by acting as an
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 residency
not required. The Public Recreation Board advises
the City Commission and 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 appointees. The
duties of the Regional Transit System Advisory
Board shall be to advise the City Commission on all
matters relating to the Regional Transit System.
Tree Advisory Board 5 members The Board shall
act as the technical information collector, clarify
tree regulations, act on referrals, guide the creation
of a Master Tree Plan, assist in the development of
the goals and objectives for the City's Comprehensive
Plan with respect to trees, and serve on the Tree
Board of Appeals.
Tree Board of Appeals 3 members City residency
not required. The Tree Board of Appeals has been
established to hear appeals regarding dangerous or
dead trees designated for removal, including those
recommended for removal by the City Arborist.


CITIZEN COMMUNITY
REDEVELOPMENT
ADVISORY BOARDS:
College Park/University Heights Redevelopment
Advisory Board 9 members To the extent possible,
members of each advisory board should reside or
work in the district. Appointed by the Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
Downtown Redevelopment Advisory Board 7
members To the extent possible, members of each
advisory board should reside or work in the district.
Appointed by the Community Redevelopment
Agency.
Eastside Redevelopment Advisory Board 7
members To the extent possible, members of each
advisory board should reside or work in the district.
Appointed by the Community Redevelopment
Agency.
Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street Redevelopment
Advisory Board 7 members To the extent
possible, members of each advisory board should
reside or work in the district. Appointed by the
Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).








CITIZEN'S OPINION SURVEY
1869






Dear Citizen,





,1ll I'T'I/ Ib 1,.'_, I !LN Ill' I t'l!i' 1t IIL l L iC 1 lll llllih,'ll ,l11 _1 1l1 L 'l C i99,ll lit" L ^ li
opinion of CI t I I 'I I ILL'C 191 1i 'igi Illi 11 1/ i'11i Ilill I (111 l /Il '% I LII. eIIa Ei

random toparticipate in this survey. 'To (iLIWI I iijl I 'cle t Ilic -lt! H Ili'c
citizens of gainesvifCe, ?we ?woudcfike the anli ii'i r o'c i/'i -. I V i olle'i I I
0g your householdwho most recently hadhiTr ,ii' l I i ,lai. I, i'c I ai ,l I lie
respondent to the survey.

Be assuredthat allyour answers are gi' in i oI L'I~pilic El1 I iI ym y1ml
participation in this survey is very important, especially because you are one
of thefew households being askedto report your opinions about City services. It
is also imperative that you choose your households respondent by the method
describedabove. If you have any questions about this survey, feefree to
contact the Office of:Altnagem'ent andBudget at 334-5032. When you have
completedthe survey, pease return it in theprepaidenvelope.

In addition to the Citizen's Opinion Survey on services, I am also very
interestedin any comments you have regarding the Citizen's Report or City
services. If you have any suggestions on improvements the City can make,
please contact the finance Department at 334-5054.

Thank youfor taking the time toprovide your thoughts on City programs
andservices.


'Warm Regards,


Russ Blackburn
City :Ianagert


Citizen's Opinion Survey 21







This questionnaire is included in the 2005 Citizen's Report, which is mailed out during the Spring of 2006.
The addresses were selected from a random sample of GRU customers within the City limits.


1. Overall, how would you rate the services provided by the City of Gainesville?
O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Don't Know

2. Please rate the quality of each of the following City services, and the importance of each one to you.
(Check one answer on each side for each response)

Police protection. ........................ O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
Traffic enforcement ......................... O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
Fire protection ........ . . . .... Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
City parks- e.g. Westside, McPherson ........... 0 Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
Cultural events and exhibits ... . . .... Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
Recreational programs .... . . ..... 0 Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair 0 Poor 0 Very 0 Somewhat 0 Not
Nature parks and greenways ... . ... Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
City buses (RTS) ........................... 0 Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair 0 Poor 0 Very 0 Somewhat 0 Not
Building and codes enforcement . . ....... Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
Recycling program ......................... 0 Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair 0 Poor 0 Very 0 Somewhat 0 Not
Trash collection (Waste Management) ............ 0 Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair 0 Poor O Very 0 Somewhat 0 Not
Street maintenance and repairs . . ..... Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
Maintenance of the City's tree canopy . . .... Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
Ironwood golf course ....................... O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not
Mosquito control .......................... 0 Excellent 0 Good 0 Fair 0 Poor 0 Very 0 Somewhat 0 Not
Planning and Zoning ....................... O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor O Very O Somewhat 0 Not

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

Called for a City paramedic ............................... O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Called for mosquito control ........................... O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Called the City or Waste Management about trash . ....... YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Called the Gainesville Fire Dept. ..... .................. O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Called the Gainesville Police Dept. ............................ O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Contacted the City to report poor road conditions . ....... O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor

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

Attended a City-sponsored concert, art festival, fair, or event .... O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Participated in a City athletic program ....................... O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Participated in other City recreational programs .. . .... YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Recycled paper, cans, or bottles from your home . ..... YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Ridden a City bus .. ..................................... O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Visited a City nature area; e.g., Morningside, Ring Park . . ..... O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Visited a recreational park; e.g. Westside, McPherson . . ...... YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
Played golf at Ironwood golf course ......................... O YES O NO O Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor

5. This question evaluates your general impression of the services of the Gainesville Police Department (GPD).
Your opinion of personal safety in the City of Gainesville ........ . . .. .0 Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor
General quality of service by GPD . ........................................ Excellent O Good Fair Poor
Your impression of professionalism of GPD staff . ..... ..................... ... .0 Excellent O Good O Fair O Poor


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Questions 6 -10 evaluate GPD's response to a specific incident. If you have not had any direct contact with GPD in the last


year please go to question 11.
6. Reason for your direct contact with the Gainesville Police Department.
0 Ticket 0 Suspect OVictim OWitness


0 Community Activity 0 Other (please specify)

7. Evaluation of officer/GPD staff contact.
M anner in w which situation w as handled .........................
Level of courtesy and friendliness .. ...... ......................
H e lp fu ln e s s . . . . . . . . . . . .
A ttitu d e . . . . . . . . . . . .
Level of officer's concern ... .... ............................
Level of professionalism .... ... .............................
C om petence ..... .. ................................ .... .
A appearance .... .. ................................. . .
Length of time for officer to arrive or return phone call (if relevant) .........
If you were a victim: Information about rights provided? ..............
If you were a suspect: Information about rights provided? .............

8. Did an officer/investigator/detective follow up on your case? ............

9. If an officer/investigator/detective followed up, how satisfied were you?
A m ount of tim e to contact you ..................................
Service provided by officer/investigator/detective ......................
Level of courtesy and friendliness .. ...... ......................
H elpfu lness . . . . . . . . . . . .
A ttitu d e . . . . . . . . . . . .
Level of professionalism .... ... .............................
C om petence ..... .. ................................ .... .
A appearance .... .. ................................. . .


0 Traffic Incident


... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
.. . .. .0 Excellent


O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
0 Good


. . 0 YES O NO
. . 0 YES O NO

. . 0 YES O NO


... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent
... .. 0 Excellent


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


10.What could the officers) have done to increase your level of satisfaction with the services provided?


11. Are you a member of your local Crime Watch organization? . ....

12. Do you know who your neighborhood Police Officer is? . ........

13. A. In the past 3 months, how many times have you visited a
City nature park (Morningside, Bivens Arm, etc.) or a ... ... ...
City recreational park? (W estside, McPherson, etc.) ...............

B. If more than 0, how would you rate
T h e clean lin ess . . . . . . . . . .
T he level of safety ........... .......................... .
The attractiveness ............ ............................
M maintenance of the park ...................................
M maintenance of the sports fields ..........................
T he educational value ........... ..........................


. . OYES O NO

. . OYES O NO


... . ....... 1-5 0 6-10 O Over 10
... . ....... 1-5 0 6-10 O Over 10


... .. .0 Excellent
... .. .0 Excellent
... .. .0 Excellent
... .. .0 Excellent
... .. .0 Excellent
. ... .. . .0 Excellent


O Good
O Good
O Good
O Good
OGood
O Good


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


14. A. Do you feel the City of Gainesville needs more parks? ...........
B. If yes, in what sector of town? (NW, NE, SW, SE) ...... ...
C. What kinds of facilities? (baseball/soccer fields, pool, gym, center)


..... . O YES O NO
..... . NW O NE


OSW OSE


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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
0 Poor


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







15. A. In the past 3 months, how many times have you used the City bus service (RTS)?
00 01-5 06-10 OOver10

B. What would encourage you to use the City bus service more often? (Check all that apply)
O Nothing O Smaller buses O More frequent buses
O More friendly service O Cleaner buses O Extended hours
O Lower fare O New routes O 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 you feel is
most important, a '2' next to the second most important issue, etc.
Condition of Streets & Sidewalks Pollution of the Environment
Crime Sustainable Development
Growth Management Taxes
Jobs & the Economy Traffic
Litter Control Waste Disposal
Parks & Recreation Facilities Drugs

17. For statistical purposes, please indicate family's total annual income BEFORE TAXES for 2005. (Include money from all sources for all persons living
in your household.)
0 $0 -10,000 0 $10,000- 30,000 0 $30,000- 50,000 O Over $50,000


18. Your gender:


OMale O Female


19. Number of individuals in your household:


20. Your age:


21. Your race/ethnicity:


01 02 03 O 4 or more


018-24 025-34 035 49 050 64 O over 64

O Black O White O Hispanic O Asian O Other


22. What 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 2005 Citizen's Report?

25. Did you like the Citizen's Report?


26. Did you find the report easy to read?


27. Do you feel this report provides useful information to City residents?
If no, why?

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


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


OYES 0 NO

OYES 0 NO

OYES 0 NO

OYES 0 NO


OYES 0 NO


OYES 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 call 334-5032 after September 30, 2006, and a free copy will be mailed to you. Also, check out the City's
website- http://www.cityofgainesville.org .


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CONTACT NUMBERS


For numbers not listed below call (352) 334-5005
Persons with disabilities who require assistance to participate in City Commission meetings are
requested to notify the Equal Opportunity Department at 334-5051 or call the TDD phone line at
334-2069 at least 48 hours in advance.


Administrative Services .
Assistant City Manager .
Building Inspection . .
City Attorney . . .
City Auditor . . .
City Commission . .
City M manager . . .
Clerk of Commission . .
Community Development ..
Computer Services . .
Cultural Affairs ..........
Economic Development ...
Equal Opportunity .......
Facilities Management .....
Finance ................
Fire Rescue .............
Fleet Management ........
Gainesville Regional Utilities
Human Resources ........
Ironwood Golf Course .....
Management & Budget ....
Po lice . . . . .
Public W orks ...........
Recreation & Parks .......
Regional Transit System ...
Risk Management ........
Solid W aste ............
Stormwater Management ..
Streets .......... ......
Traffic Engineering .......


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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada
(GFOA) has given an Award lot Outstandmg Achievement m Popular Annual
Financial Reporting to the City ol Gainesville for its Popular Annual Financial
Report lor the fiscal year ended September 30, 2004.
The Award lor Outstandmg Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting is
a prestigious national award recognizing conformance with the highest standards
lor preparation ol state and local government popular reports.

S '- Check out the City's website at http://www.cityofgainesville.org


ABOUT
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Thomas Center Gardens
was painted by local artist
Eleanor Blair The painting
is a view of the southwest
corner of the Thomas Center
Gardens, painted from a
photograph she took on
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