Front Cover
 Table of Contents
 Your city and your mayor
 Your government
 City commission and charter...
 Financial condition and report...
 Advisory boards and committees
 Contact numbers
 Back Cover

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: 2001
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents
    Your city and your mayor
        Page 1
    Your government
        Page 2
    City commission and charter officers
        Page 3
        Page 4
        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
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
    Contact numbers
        Page 25
    Back Cover
        Back Cover
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about the City of Gainesville, its operations,
services and programs, and its financial
condition. It is suitable for those readers
who prefer an overview or summary of City
government and its financial condition.


Report to the Citizen..................
..................... inside front cover
Your City............................... .. 1
Your M ayor ......................... .... 1
Your Government................... 2
City Commission and
S Charter Officers ...................... 3
Departments .......................... 5
Financial Condition and
1 Reporting ......................... ... 13
S Citizens' Advisory Boards and
S Committees ........................ 20
Contact Numbers.....................
...................... inside back cover


The following pages provide
brief descriptive information
about your government's organi-
zational structure and how that
structure relates to the services
provided to the residents of
Gainesville. Gainesville Regional
Utilities (GRU) information, which
is a major component of our
organization, is included in
this report but in a condensed
format. GRU issues a separate
report to comply with its bond
The financial information
presented here is in condensed
and summarized form, and
does not substitute for the City's
Comprehensive Annual Finan-
cial Report (CAFR). The CAFR
out-lines the City's financial
position and operating activi-
ties for each year presented in
conformity with generally
accepted accounting principles.
This Citizen's Report does not
conform to generally accepted
accounting principles and

associated reporting standards
as set forth by applicable govern-
ing bodies. Some of the statis-
tical information is from the
City's Financial and Operating
Plan (annual budget). Both of
these documents have received
awards for outstanding financial
reporting from the Government
Finance Officers Association.
The CAFR, the City's Financial
and Operating Plan, and this
Citizen's Report, as well as other
referenced material, are available
at the Alachua County Library.
You may also find other infor-
mation regarding the City on
the City's website (at left).
In keeping with our commit-
ment to excellence, we proudly
present this report to you. We
hope this report will give you
a better understanding of the
services the City provides, its
accomplishments, and its overall
financial condition. We welcome
your comments and suggestions
to improve our presentation.

your city
THE CITY (ii G \iNI i\ I Fi i:ii\,
is the count\ seat and largest
city in Alachua County. The
City was founded in 1854 and
incorporated in 1869. There
are approximately 53.40 square
miles of land included within
the corporate boundaries of
the City. As of April 1, 2001,
the City's most recent popula-
tion estimate by the Bureau
of Economic and Business
Research at the University
of Florida was 96,446.
Gainesville is a beautiful and
progressive city, and a leader in
promoting intelligent, sustain-
able growth. A dense canopy of
trees justifies the description
of Gainesville as a "city in a
forest." For the 18th consecutive
year, the National Arbor Day
Foundation honored Gainesville
as a "Tree City USA."
Gainesville is home to the
University of Florida, the state's
leading research institution;
and Santa Fe Community
College, a provider of excellent
professional and vocational
education. The City houses
one of the largest medical
communities in the South-
eastern U.S., and is the center
for commerce, art, and culture
for North Central Florida. cw

Swearing-in ceremony of Mayor Thomas D. Bussing with his wife Regina.
Administering the oath isAlachua County Circuit Judge Larry G. Turner

your mayor

Message from Mayor Thomas D. Bussing

City, and this report is provided
to give you a citizen's overview
of our City's programs, services
and operations. Gainesville is
truly a'full service' City, dedicated
to providing the rich variety of
services that our residents have
come to expect from their local
As host City to the University
of Florida, Gainesville is a diverse
and active community. Our City
government is continuously
challenged to provide not only
the essential services, but also
to support the community's
desire for a high quality of life.
In these pages, you will get a
glimpse into the many aspects
of your City's government, and
the many programs and depart-
ments that work to serve your

But of course City government
alone cannot make Gainesville
a great place to live. Many of
our City's programs depend
upon citizen involvement for
their success. Gainesville is
also unique in offering a large
number of opportunities for
residents to participate in City
government itself, through our
advisory boards and citizen
However much and in what-
ever way you choose to parti-
cipate, Gainesville's City govern-
ment is dedicated to enhancing
the quality of life that we enjoy
here. Be sure to let us know of
your suggestions for improve-
ments. We hope this report is
helpful to you in learning more
about your City, the City of
Gainesville. cw

Y i i i11: ( I i\ IN I N I I \ I I I i
tinder a Coniission-Mlanager
forml of go\ernientl since 19'--.
The CiJty Coiission is respolin-
sible for enacting ihe ordinances
anid resolutions tliat govern lhe
City. The City Nlanager, \lho is
appointed bv the Cit\ Comrnins-
oion, is responsible for lhe
operations and nialnageinenr of
all departments of C i \-govern-
nmen except for those under rlie
control of other charter officers.
The Citv Nlanager implements
tlie police -directives of tlie City
ComIninission. The current organi-
zational structure is depicted
The Ci\t pro\ ides it residents
\\ ith a \\ide x ariet of niuniicipal
services including police and
fire protection, coinprehensi-ve

land use planning iiand zoning
services, code ellforcemnelnt and
neighborhood imlprovenelent.
Construction and nlaintenance
of tlie C it-'s infrastructure is a
\ er- important ongoing service
as are tile planning i ; i i( opera-
tion of tlie traffic engineeering
s\steens. Cultural opporunities.,
lnar ire trails iitd parks, nitd
recreation programs including
a cllainpionsliip golf course
help make Ga ines\ille one of
tile most liv-able cities in tile
union. The Cir- pro\ ides refuse
remio\-al ind rec\-cling services
ihrotigli a contract i\-t a frain-
chised commercial l operator.
The Cit\ o(\\ l a;nd operates a
regioniil transit s\-sten ser\ ing
tle co mIlln tlir\ thle Uni\-ersit\
of Florida.t a itnd portion of

Organization Chart

unincorporated Alachua County.
The City also provides the admin-
istrative services to support
these activities. The preceding
services are accomplished
through various City depart-
ments under the direct super-
vision and leadership of the
City Manager.
Additionally, the City owns and
operates a regional electric,
water, wastewater, natural gas,
and telecommunication utilities
system. The General Manager
for Utilities, who reports directly
to the City Commission, over-
sees the utility operations.
The City's financial statements
are organized on the basis of
funds and account groups, each
of which is considered a separate
accounting entity. Government
resources are allocated to, and
accounted for, in individual funds
based upon the purposes for
which they are to be spent and
the means by which spending
activities are controlled. The
various funds are grouped into
seven fund types within three
broad fund categories, plus two
account groups.
The following pages provide
descriptive information about
the major services and programs
of each City department, as well
as an overview of the City's fund
structure and the resources that
finance those services and

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five members. Three are elected
from single-member districts
and two are elected Citywide.
In March 1998, the residents of
Gainesville elected their first
directly elected Mayor since
1927. Previously, mayors were
elected from among the com-
mission. The Mayor retained
the same power as held in the
prior Mayor-Commissioner

form of government. The City
Charter prohibits consecutive
service on the Commission for
more than two three-year terms.
Two additional City Commis-
sioners will be added when
the City's population reaches
The City Commission performs
such duties as passing the City's
fiscal budget, setting the millage
rate, and approving the ordi-

From left to right: Commissioner
Chuck Chestnut (District 1); Commis-
sioner John R. Barrow (District 2);
Mayor-Commissioner Pro Tem Pegeen
Hanrahan (District 3); Commissioner
Warren Nielsen (At-Large); and Mayor
Thomas D. Bussing (At-Large).

nances and resolutions, which
are our local laws and policies.
They are ultimately responsible
to the residents of Gainesville.
The City Commission appoints
the City's five charter officers.
The functions of these officers
are described below.


charter officers

city manager
The City Manager is the administrative head of City government.
The City Manager is responsible for the administration of all the
departments except for those under the direction of the other
charter officers. The City Manager's office oversees all general
government programs and services, is responsible for enforcing
all City laws and ordinances, acts as purchasing agent for the City,
prepares the budget, and performs other duties as assigned by
the City Commission. These tasks are accomplished through the
selection and supervision of the Assistant City Manager and eight
departmental directors.


city attorney
The Office of the City Attorney
has three principal responsibilities.
First, the City Attorney is the
chief legal officer for the City of
Gainesville. The Attorney's office
prosecutes and defends the interests
of the City in lawsuits and adminis-
trative proceedings. Second, the
City Attorney prepares legal docu-
ments and provides legal advice
and opinions to the elected and
appointed officers, employees,
and agents of the City. Last, the
Office represents the Gainesville
Enterprise Zone Development
Agency, the Board of Trustees
of the Employees Pension Plan,
the Community Redevelopment
Agency, and the Gainesville Code
Enforcement Board.


city auditor
The Office of the City Auditor is
an independent appraisal activity
established to evaluate City
programs by means of financial
compliance and operational audits.
These include reviewing the reliabil-
ity and integrity of financial infor-
mation; reviewing established
systems for compliance with
policies, procedures and laws;
reviewing the means of safeguard-
ing City assets; and conducting
reviews to determine whether
program results are consistent
with the goals and objectives of
the City.


clerk of the

The Clerk of the Commission
attends and records the proceed-
ings of all City Commission
meetings, is responsible for the
preparation of City Commission
agendas and minutes, and provides
administrative support to the
Mayor and the City Commission.

Thousands of Gainesville residents enjoy activities, informational booths and
entertainment at GRU's annual Electrifying Celebration, an event dedicated to
GRU's commitment to serving the quality of life in Gainesville.

The Clerk maintains and executes
the City Seal on all official docu-
ments, maintains the City's vital
records, ordinances, resolutions,
deeds, weekly noticing of public
meetings, public call-in and e-mail
HotLine, and appointments to the
City advisory boards and committees.
The Clerk updates website informa-
tion and documentation for the
Gainesville Code of Ordinances,
publishes legal notices, records
official documents with appropriate
agencies, and provides research and
response to requests from the public,
media and other governmental



general manager

for utilities
The General Manager for Utilities
oversees the operations of Gainesville
Regional Utilities (GRU), which
provides electric, natural gas, water,
wastewater and telecommunications
services to the greater Gainesville
area. Approximately 85,000 residential
and commercial customers receive
one or more of these services. Addi-
tionally, GRU provides wholesale
electric service to the City of Alachua,

and through equity ownership in
The Electric Authority (TEA) sells
electric energy on the national
market. Marketing energy through
TEA helps keep prices lower for our
local customers.
The Gainesville City Commission
serves as GRU's Board of Directors,
and the residents of Gainesville,
GRU's citizen owners, receive a
return on their investment in the
form of City services. GRU revenues
are returned to the City's General
Fund by a predetermined formula.
These funds support many impor-
tant City services, including police
and fire protection. During the past
year, GRU provided the General
Fund with $24.4 million, an increase
of 4.4 percent over the previous year
and representing 38 percent of the
City's annual General Fund budget.
Citizens interested in a full account-
ing of GRU budget may request a
copy of the GRU Annual Report for
2000-2001 by calling 334-3400 ext.
1449, or mailing GRU at
GRU's General Manager Michael
L. Kurtz completed his term as
President of the American Public
Power Association during the past
fiscal year. As President, Mr. Kurtz
was very active in raising the na-
tional level of awareness on issues
important to publicly owned utili-
ties. Mr. Kurtz spoke before congress
on electric deregulation and traveled
to China as a goodwill ambassador
for the public utility industry.

assistant city manager

directly to the City Manager and
acts in place of the City Manager
in his absence. The Assistant City
Manger oversees administrative
activities and functions of the
following departments: Building
Inspection, Cultural Affairs, Facilities
Management, and Recreation and
Parks. In addition, the Assistant
City Manager is also responsible for
coordinating the City's Federal Grant
Lobbying efforts. (The Assistant
City Manager's administrative
expenses are included in the City
Manager's budget.)


Building Inspection promotes the
welfare of the residents of Gainesville
by enforcing life-safety through the
following codes: building, electrical,
plumbing, mechanical, gas, and the
life-safety code for existing and
new buildings. The Department
provides a pre-plan review service
for owners and developers, permit-
ting by fax, Fast Track permitting,
and the ability to pay for these
services by cash, check or major
credit cards. Inspections are done
within 24 hours of the request to
provide prompt and efficient
service delivery.
The Department's First Step
Development Assistance Center
provides a convenient one-stop
location where a resident or devel-
oper may receive permitting and
development review assistance in
the areas of public works, planning,
building, utilities, and life-safety.
The Department processed over
7,700 permits in 2001 totaling
$88.9 million in building valuation.
Building Inspection goals and
objectives for fiscal year 2002 are
to provide prompt, efficient and

quality inspections, plan-review
and permitting services to the
residents of Gainesville.

cultural affairs
The Department of Cultural Affairs
promotes, manages, and seeks to
provide opportunities for access
to the arts and events, providing a
range of services not only to city
residents, but also throughout
Alachua County as well as North
Central Florida.
The Department operates
the Thomas Center, Wilhelmina
Johnson Resource Center, Tench
Building Artist Studios, and the
Gainesville Community Plaza.
Cultural Affairs produces the Master
Calendar of Events, which serves as
a planning tool for area businesses
and individuals. The Department
produces and promotes the
ARTSREACH programs, the Thomas
Center Galleries programs, the
annual Hoggetowne Medieval
Faire, and the Downtown Festival

and Art Show. They develop cultural
and historic tourism, and serve as
the Local Arts Agency for Alachua
County. The Department's staff plans
and coordinates the installation of
the downtown area's holiday lighting,
the Historic Holidays/Festival of
Lights event, and NewYear's Eve
"Downtown Countdown', and the
countywide "Gator Trails" exhibit.
The new "Let's Go Downtown"
concert series at the Gainesville
Community Plaza has served to
revitalize the downtown area,
bringing music and family entertain-
ment on a regular basis. The Depart-
ment also produces annual events
at the Plaza such as the "Salute to
America" and "Celebration of
African American Music Month."
Events Management oversees
policy and permits on public
property. The Division also admin-
isters the application process for
the City's support services at 27 annual
events such as the Spring Arts
Festival, Homecoming Parade, Fifth
Avenue Arts Festival, and others.

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire held the first two weekends in February draws
over 50,000 people who cheer enthusiastically as armored knights on horseback
clash full tilt.


Facilities Management is responsible
for the maintenance and upkeep of
over 80 City buildings. This respon-
sibility includes providing heating
and A/C maintenance, painting,
plumbing, electrical, carpentry,
general repairs, and custodial
services. The Department is also
responsible for operating the public
channel 12 on Cox Cable TV
The Department will be providing
project management services for the
construction of the new Downtown
Southwest Quadrant Parking Facility
and for building the Cone Park
pavilion on the east side of
Gainesville. During the past two
years, the Department has been
responsible for building the new GTEC
building and Ironwood Golf Course
Clubhouse and Cart Barn. This year,
Facilities Management will be concen-
trating on the replacement of several
metal roofs at the 39th Avenue Public
Works Compound.
One of the long-range goals for
the Department is to fully implement
and develop an energy evaluation
program of all General Government
buildings, and to identify and install
energy saving devices.


Fun on the ice sled at the City's 4th
annual Blizzard Bash held at the
Downtown Gainesville Community

A Parks Division Tree Surgeon and
elementary students celebrated Arbor
Day by planting a Bald Cypress in the
retention basin at Gainesville Charter
One-Room School House.


and parks
The City's Recreation Department
hosted many exciting programs and
events during 2001. The City's three
Olympic size pools welcomed a record
number of participants, over 50,000
in events ranging from recreational
swimming, swim lessons for all
ages, synchronized swimming,
and springboard diving. The lifeguard
staff received the Platinum Aquatic
Safety Award in 2001, a prestigious
award for exceeding the criteria for
aquatic safety certification.
The Athletics program enjoyed a
banner year serving over 5,000 boys
and girls in sports, including baseball
and football. The City's football
league's first annual "Turkey Bowl"
was played Thanksgiving weekend.
Midnight Hoops encourages teens
and adults to participate in basket-
ball at the beautiful Martin Luther
King, Jr. Multi-Purpose Center. The
new programs included youth indoor
soccer and flag football. The adult
sports program continued to have
maximum participation with a variety
of sports including volleyball and
indoor soccer.
The Thelma Boltin Senior Activity
Center was rededicated on July 26,
2001, and continues to be utilized
by the Old Time Dance Society, the
Powerful Elders, bridge, and many
yoga and exercise groups. The CARE
program made its debut in the fall
of 2001, and brought after school
activities such as piano, basketball,
cheerleading, ceramics, track, dance,
and fencing to the City's recreation
centers. Summer 2001 brought day
camp programs toWestside Recreation
Center, as well as all recreation
centers and many public schools
throughout the community. With
trips to the zoo, roller-skating, movies,
bowling, and Wild Waters over 900
children enjoyed their summer in
a safe and organized program.
Recreation's summer program also
serves as sites for the Summer
Nutrition Feeding Program. On a
daily basis, this program provides
over 900 free meals to needy children.
The Nature Operations Division
develops and conducts environ-
mental educational programs for
the Alachua County School System,

community education classes, nature
pre-school programs, and weekend
and summer camp programs. The
Natural Resource Management staff
is responsible for conducting environ-
mental assessments on undeveloped
City land as well as a wide variety of
habitat management practices on
existing City owned parks and proper-
ties. The Division is also responsible
for the operational upkeep and mainte-
nance of over 2,000 acres, which
includes the City's nine nature parks
and other nature properties. Nature
Operations completed the Sweetwater
Branch Park project, located near
the historic Matheson Center along a
section of the Sweetwater Branch
waterway. The project included the
construction of a playground area,
signage and picnic tables.
The Parks Division maintains the
City's parks and tree canopy of over
25,000 trees. The City's "Tree-mendous"
tree-planting program planted 1,100
additional trees this year along City
streets, including NW 16th Street,
Waldo Road, and NW 43rd Street.
Two more medians along NE 1st
Street were re-landscaped during
2001. In addition to the City road-
way planting, there were 66 residen-
tial tree sponsors, and 329 sponsors
who cared for trees planted on public
right-of-way. The Parks Division is
also responsible for maintaining the
Evergreen Cemetery, which is currently
involved in a program to gain place-
ment on the National Registry of
Historic Places.
The City's Ironwood Golf Course
is a challenging championship course
located in northeast Gainesville.
Ironwood played host to the State-
wide Special Olympics again in
September 2001, and is proud of
receiving the prestigious Audubon
Sanctuary Certification. The new
Ironwood Golf Course clubhouse
has a full restaurant and bar, which
serves lunch daily. Ironwood hosts
many area charity golf tournaments,
including the Chris Collingsworth
Invitational, and the KTK Million
Dollar Shootout.


administrative services

reports directly to the City Manager
and provides oversight to the depart-
ments of Computer Services, Finance,
Fleet Management, Management
and Budget, Risk Management,
and Small Business Development.
These internal support services
are essential to the successful
operation of the City. The Depart-
ment coordinates the City's short
and long-range financial planning
efforts, performs trend analysis,
and facilitates the ongoing strategic
planning process.


computer services
Computer Services provides hard-
ware 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 Finance and Human Resource/
Payroll system upgrade during
calendar year 2001. This upgrade
brought about new functionality
previously missing from these
software packages, including
document routing. A replacement
website is under development, and
will replace the website currently
hosted by the State of Florida. The
new website will give staff greater
control over general functionality
and content, as well as improved
administration. New equipment,
both hardware and network based,
and intended to offer both perfor-
mance and internal security, was
purchased for this purpose. This
purchase included a firewall, which
prevents unauthorized Internet users
from accessing the City's network.
Upgrades to the City's Cashier systems
were also undertaken this year to
allow for enhanced tracking of


The Finance Department's primary
responsibilities are to safeguard the
City's assets, insure maximum utiliza-
tion of revenues, provide financial
support to operating departments,
and report accurate and timely
financial information to the City
Commission, management, and
residents of the community. The
Department offers General Account-
ing, Treasury, Revenue Recovery,
Grant Fiscal Coordination, and
Purchasing services to City depart-
ments. This includes providing
financial analysis upon request, the
preparation of the Comprehensive
Annual Financial Report, billing and
collection of revenue, administration
and billing of occupational taxes, and
processing of payroll and accounts
payable. In addition, the Department
oversees the coordination of all City
purchasing, cash and investment
management, pension management,
debt management, mail services,
and the disposition of all surplus
property through public auction.
In fiscal year 2002, one of the primary
focuses of the Department will be
to implement the Governmental
Accounting Standards Board Statement
No. 34. GASB 34 represents the single
largest change in the practice of
governmental accounting and
financial reporting. Its implemen-
tation will require significant
changes in the manner in which
financial information is collected,
recorded and communicated.


fleet management
The centralized Fleet Management
Department is responsible for the
administration, specifications,
repair, and maintenance of all City
vehicles and equipment, with the
exception of RTS. This diversified
fleet of 1,371 primary and 467
secondary vehicles includes fire
apparatus, police pursuit cars,
construction equipment, bucket
trucks, vans, sedans, and trucks of

various sizes. Services are provided
through two major garages, two
satellite facilities, and a field service
operation for heavy construction
equipment. Based on the success
of recent organizational and proce-
dural changes, the staff size was
reduced to 30 employees.
Fleet Management operates as
an Internal Service Fund, where all
expenditures are recovered through
a charge-back system to the depart-
ments. The procurement of all City
vehicles and equipment is coordi-
nated through Fleet Management.
A Fleet Replacement Fund has been
established to allow for the timely
retirement of General Government's
fleet. The Department embraces a
team concept, which creates an
environment that encourages
creativity and innovation. The output
is a safe fleet that allows for maxi-
mum utilization by the customers,
at a minimal cost to taxpayers.


and budget
The Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) is primarily responsible for
providing effective management of
the City's resources through constant
monitoring of appropriations, expen-
ditures, and revenues. This includes
the preparation of the two-year
operating and capital budgets and
quarterly analysis of financial infor-
mation. In addition, the Department
performs strategic planning activities
and analyzes projects with potential
long-range financial impact on the
City. OMB coordinates annexation,
financial forecasting, and revenue
based studies.
The Office of Management and
Budget prepares a biennial budget.
The two-year budget is intended
to improve financial planning by
allowing the staff and City Commis-
sion to take a broader perspective
on resource allocation.


Employees participating in City's
"Gold Award" winning wellness
program, Lifequest, by working out
in the City Hall wellness center

risk management
Risk Management manages both 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
benefits. Risk Management also
provides employee health services
through a City clinic, a "Gold Award"
winningWellness Program, and
psychological and nutritional
counseling. Risk Management over-
sees the administration of a modified
self-insurance plan for employee
health and accident costs. The
Department implemented a flexible
benefits plan, which provides tax
savings to employees for health care
and dependent care expenses.

TOTAL EXPENSES $15,075,353

small business

The Small Business Development
Department (SBD) oversees the
City's minority and small business
economic development initiatives,
promotes the diversification of goods
and services provided by such business,
and strives to continually maximize
the City's spending with qualified

local minority and small businesses.
SBD provides counseling and techni-
cal assistance to businesses on issues
related to small business start-up,
and how to do business with the City.
The Department administers and
manages the City's Minority Business
Enterprise and Small Business Enter-
prise procurement programs, and
ensures the City's compliance with
federal and state laws. Also, SBD
administers the City's Enterprise
Zone programs on an interim basis.
The Enterprise Zone programs promote
economic development in east Gaines-
ville, and provide incentives to busi-
nesses located within the zone.
During 2001, City government spent
$2.8 million with local qualified
minority and small businesses.
This amount represents an increase
in spending of $1.2 million over
fiscal year 2000.


community development

long-range plans for the growth and
development of the City and the
preservation of its natural environ-
ment. The Department enhances the
quality of existing neighborhoods
and commercial areas through
selected assistance in preservation
and redevelopment, performs
special studies, suggests changes
in regulations, and reviews plans,
zoning proposals, and other petitions.
Petitions are presented to the Devel-
opment Review Board, City Plan
Board, Board of Adjustment, and
Historic Preservation Board. The
Department 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.
Community Development is
committed to providing housing
assistance to low and moderate
income families through state and
federally funded programs. During
2001, the City received $1.5 million

in Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) funding and
$697,000 in HOME funds, both
federal programs. The Department
also received over $1 million of State
Housing Initiatives Partnership
(SHIP) funds. These sources were
used to support a variety of housing,
human services, economic develop-
ment, and public facilities improve-
ment projects in the community.
Community Development assists
various local not-for-profit housing
providers in their efforts to renovate
and construct affordable homes for
low-income families through land
donations and technical assistance.
The Department serves as a developer
of new affordable housing with its
Cedar Grove II project on Gainesville's
Community Development also
administers the Community
Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
This year CRA expanded to include
four districts, the new Eastside District,
College Park/University Heights,
Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street,
and the Downtown District (now

expanded to include the Depot area,
Porter's Neighborhood and South-
east Historic District). CRA promotes
revitalization through activities and
programs designed to enhance quality
of life in these areas. Several major
redevelopment and streetscape
projects are underway through CRA
funding and assistance. Included
are new sidewalks, brick crosswalks,
pedestrian lighting, benches, and
other enhancements.
The Code Enforcement Division is
responsible for enforcing compliance
with the City's Code of Ordinances
including the zoning code, minimum
housing code, commercial buildings
code and hazardous/perilous land
ordinance, among others. This
enforcement enhances the visual
integrity of the City's corridors
and neighborhoods, making them
attractive and stable places for
new investments.


The Commerce Building, which will provide the new home for the Gainesville
Area Chamber of Commerce and 60,000 square feet of office space, opened in
February of2002.



Department functions as a focal
point of contact for business develop-
ment within the City. The Department
provides information to businesses
and other organizations on a variety
of issues related to doing business
and developing property in Gainesville.
The main goals of the Department
are to increase the availability of jobs
to City residents, to promote the
expansion of existing businesses, to
diversify the City's workforce, and
to enhance the local revenue base
through marketing and promotional




works to create an atmosphere in
the City, where the concepts of equal
opportunity and diversity are an integral
part of our culture. The Department
is responsible for ensuring equal
opportunity and access to City
services, programs, activities, and
employment for all qualified persons.
This includes ensuring compliance
with all local, state, and federal equal
opportunity laws, investigation or
resolution of internal City allegations
of discrimination based on protected
characteristics, acting as a referral
source for citizens or employees
regarding complaints of discrimi-
nation or harassment, and serving
as liaison with the City's Human
Rights Board.
Addressing the underutilization
of women and minorities within the
City's workforce is a focal point of
the Department. An action-oriented
Affirmative Action Plan, that sets
specific goals and objectives, has
an education component, and uses
targeted recruitment and retention
as the tool that provides the founda-
tion to accomplish this goal. The
Equal Opportunity Department is
committed to identifying and imple-
menting programs based on a reali-
zation that diversity at all levels of
the organization is an asset. It is
through strategies that cultivate
our interconnected differences, and
similarities that the Department
attempts to bring about positive
and proactive change within our


Fire Safety clowns paint faces and deliver fire safety messages to Gainesville's children.

fire rescue

professionalism, fire prevention, and
technology were apparent in Gainesville's
Fire Rescue Department throughout
2001. In addition, there were no fire
deaths in Gainesville, and injuries
and the total value of fire losses was
lower than average among commu-
nities of the same size in Florida.
To enhance leadership capabilities
within the Department, classes were
offered to firefighters to enable them
to learn and practice the skills for
the positions of company lieutenant
and driver operator. Basic and
advanced firefighting, and medical
emergency skills were reviewed by
all personnel through the use of
computer aided instruction and
classes taught at the GFR training
Fire prevention in the community
was the focus of the Fire Safety Manage-
ment Division. The installation of
free smoke detectors in the homes of
needy families, inspections of high
occupancy facilities and businesses
to eliminate fire hazards, and the
teaching of fire safety and the use of
fire extinguishers to youth and adult
groups were all included in the 2001
efforts. Significant progress was made

during the year on the new Safety
City, which will soon become a center
for training children in all aspects of
fire and accident prevention.
Several technological advances were
made this year to assist our personnel
in providing the best possible service.
Examples of these include new portable
radios with additional capabilities,
thermal imaging devices to assist in
locating persons trapped in build-
ings and heat sources in walls and
ceilings, and mobile data terminals
in all apparatus for enhanced com-
munication and on-scene research.
Finally, following the tragic events
in September, there was an outpouring
of appreciation for the job done every-
day by our firefighters. Fire Rescue
personnel participated in several
memorial services honoring those
who lost their lives in the terrorist
attacks. Letters from school chil-
dren, handshakes and hugs from
citizens, cookies delivered to fire
stations, and other expressions of
respect and thanks began Septem-
ber 12th and have not stopped.
Website: www.gfr.org

TOTAL EXPENSES $10,848,579

human resources

develops, implements, and monitors
systems and programs to recruit,
hire, motivate, train, and retain a
highly qualified and diverse work-
force. Services are provided to all
Charter Officers and City departments
within general government and
Gainesville Regional Utilities as well
as contractually to the Gainesville-
Alachua County Regional Airport
The Human Resources Department
acts as a consultant to departments
and an advisor to management


accomplishment for the Gainesville
Police Department. With the transi-
tion to community Oriented Policing,
which included the establishment
of two districts in July 2000, the
Department has been better able
to serve the residents of Gainesville.
During 2001, North and South
District personnel remained com-
mitted to crime prevention and
education programs. As a result,
ten new Neighborhood Crime Watch
programs were established, and the
North Main Street Business Owner's
Association as well as the Southwest
13th Street Business Owner's Associ-
ation were created to share crime
prevention information among the
business owners. In addition, the
Districts were involved in two highly
successful programs: Party Patrol,
which is a grant-funded program
whose goal is to identify and solve
problems relating to loud parties,
underage drinking, and excessive
noise violations. Also, Operation ID,
which provides crime prevention
tips and property engraving to
apartment residents.
Also during 2001, the Community
Resource Division held two Citizen's
Academies, a newly established
program designed to provide
residents with an in-depth look
at how the Gainesville Police
Department operates.

in the interpretation of personnel
policies and procedures and labor
agreements. The Department is
involved in several areas related
to creating a positive professional
working environment for City
employees. The Human Resources
Department also provides career
counseling and training to foster
employment growth and develop-
ment to all City employees.


During the later part of 2001,
the Management Analysis Bureau
conducted the first two DataTrac
sessions with the North and South
District Commanders. DataTrac is
a comprehensive management
strategy that will enhance account-
ability by requiring commanders
to be aware of crime and quality of
life incidents within their area of
command, and which fosters collabora-
tion between commanders to address
mutual issues of concern and manage-
ment of resources. Throughout 2002,
regularly scheduled DataTrac sessions
will be held with operational and
administrative commanders. These
sessions are designed to ensure

Applicants completing on-line
applications in lobby ofHuman
Resources Department.

awareness, follow-up, and problem
In the coming year, the goal of
the Gainesville Police Department is
to continue to expand on the above
noted programs, and to implement
new ones designed to increase public
awareness of crime prevention issues.
These programs will enhance and
further develop the partnership
between Department members,
and the community they serve.
Website: www.gainesvillepd.org

(Grant funded positions not included)
TOTAL EXPENSES $21,385,846

North District Commander Rick Hanna makes a presentation to GPD Chief
Botsford and command staff during a DataTrac session.

public works

of six major work groups: Adminis-
tration, Operations, Regional Transit
System, Solid Waste, Stormwater
Management Services, and Trans-
portation Services.
The Department began work on
the Corridors to Campus projects
funded by the Campus Development
Agreement with the University of
Florida during fiscal year 2000. This
is a $1 million program aimed at
enhancing bicycle/pedestrian access
to the University campus from the
roadways surrounding the campus.
Sidewalks and in-street colored bike
lanes were added to the west 12th
Street corridor to enhance its use
as an alternative to west 13th Street
for north south bicycle/pedestrian
travel to the many off campus student
housing areas. Design work is under-
way to enhance the primary route
north of University Avenue and
NW 17th Street. Work was completed
on SW 2nd Avenue to enhance bicycle
use through the intersection at
SW 13th Street. Additional projects
will be completed in 2002, 2003,
and 2004.
The long awaited resurfacing of
Depot Avenue west of Main Street
was completed with the final course
placed when SW 3rd Street was
constructed in early 2001. Emphasis
continues to be placed on neigh-
borhoods livability and enhancing
bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
The Operations Division installed
10,400 linear feet of new sidewalks,
129 sidewalk ramps, replaced 8,500
linear feet of damaged sidewalks,
resurfaced 9.5 miles of road, and
installed 93 speed humps. The
Department began construction
on NW 45th Street and 19th Avenue,
achieved 90% completion for the
NW 29th Road and 19th Street, began
the underground utility project for
NW 17th Street, University to 3rd
Avenue, and began construction for
the Chamber of Commerce Building/
City Hall streetscape.
The Transportation Services
Division, working with the project
architect and engineer, has com-
pleted preliminary plans for the
Downtown Southwest Quadrant

This roundabout located at NE 8th Avenue slows traffic approaching the inter-
section, reduces serious impact accidents, and improves traffic flow through the

Parking Facility, scheduled to be
built in 2003. This facility is located
at SW 2nd Avenue and 1st Street, will
have office/retail space on the first
floor and 500 parking spaces. It will
provide parking for the new County
Criminal Courthouse, and other
downtown businesses. The Bicycle
Pedestrian Board completed the
Bicycle master Plan. The Bicycle
Master Plan is a prioritized list of
improvements for on-road facilities,
off-road trails, education programs,
and bicycle supportive policies for
Alachua County. The Metropolitan
Transportation Planning Organiza-
tion (MTPO) adopted the Plan on
June 7, 2001.
The SolidWaste Division completed
revisions to the Commercial Solid
Waste Franchise Ordinance that will
allow streamlined accounting of
construction and demolition debris
hauling activities within the City.
The fourth annual "Clean Your Files
Day" was conducted in addition
to many other public awareness
programs to encourage recycling
of office paper and other recyclable

TOTAL EXPENSES $16,307,362

regional transit
The Regional Transit System (RTS)
has provided public transit services
throughout Gainesville and unincor-
porated areas ofAlachua County for
27 years. Evidence of RTS's overall
success is record ridership of 6.3 million
for fiscal year 2001. RTS continued
to respond to the ridership demands
in areas predominately consisting
of high density off-campus student
residential housing. Student ridership
increased to 4,521,599. Continuation
of a prepaid, unlimited, bus pass
program for University of Florida
faculty and staff added 84,333 riders
bringing total UF ridership to 4,605,932.
City and County employees have also
participated on the employee bus
pass program, with a total of 16,308
passenger trips in fiscal year 2001.
RTS emphasized serving the ADA
Paratransit riders of the community
by continuing a free fare for all ADA
eligible riders on the fixed route system.
RTS also received 23 new lift equipped
buses in August 2001. RTS remains
committed to the continued growth
of the system through the provision
of reliable, efficient, and convenient
transit service to its customers.
Website www.go-rts.com


financial condition

a reporting

economic outlook

continues to be dominated by the
government sector. Statistics compiled
by the Bureau of Economic and
Business Research at the University
of Florida indicates that federal, state
or local government provides one
of every three jobs in Gainesville.
This reliance on jobs from other than
the private sector tends to modify
Gainesville's reaction to external
economic stimuli, such that the
areas economy tends to grow less
rapidly than others during boom
periods and suffer less during economic
declines. The City's unemployment
rate remains low at 2.4% and enroll-
ment at the University of Florida,
the engine for the area's economy,
continues to grow. Because of an
economic slowdown in Florida and
resulting budget cuts imposed on
the University, Gainesville may be
impacted but, at this juncture, there
is no way to predict to what extent.
The recent growth in Gainesville's
downtown area continued over the
past year. Union Street Station, a
multi-level development housing
restaurants and retail spaces on its
ground floor and residential units
above, opened its doors in 2001 and
has played an integral role in stimu-
lating interest in the downtown area.
The first phase of the Commerce
Building project, which will provide
the new home for the Gainesville
Area Chamber of Commerce and
60,000 square feet of office space,
is nearing completion. The second
phase of this project, scheduled to
begin in 2002, consists of approxi-
mately 46 condominiums. Finally,
a multi-million dollar upgrade
was completed in 2001 on the Kelly
Power Plant located in the down-
town area.

5.6 trend in millage rates
4.6n C

On October 1st of each year, the City
Commission sets the Property Tax
(millage) rates. 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 fourteenth
consecutive year in which the City's
millage rate has either remained
constant or decreased.

14 property tax revenues
J 6
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Property Tax Revenues represent 18% of
the City's total generalfund revenues.
Although the tax rate has decreased
from 10 years ago, property tax rev-
enues have increased 25%. This is
primarily due to the increase in taxable
values of property located in the city
limits as determined by the County
Property Appraiser, and annexation
of urban fringe areas.

major initiatives

for the year
IN THE SPRING OF 2001, the Technol-
ogy Enterprise Center of Gainesville/
Alachua County, also referred to as
GTEC, was completed. The facility,
located in an enterprise zone, will
focus on high technology and light
assembly start-up companies with
potential for high growth and high
wage job creation. Upon opening,
the City had pre-leased 65 percent
of the 30,000 square foot building to
Cenetec, LLC, which will serve as the
anchor tenant for the facility. During
the year, the City also entered into
a public/private partnership agree-
ment with the Alliance for Economic
Development to operate and manage
the facility. This agreement will

strengthen the Center's connection
to the community, as business
incubation becomes a powerful
strategy for economic development
within Gainesville and Alachua

for the future
Development of SW 2nd
Avenue Corridor
Over the course of the next few
years, the City of Gainesville and
Alachua County will be undertaking
projects that will significantly
change the face of SW 2nd Avenue
and create an attractive corridor
connecting downtown Gainesville
with the University of Florida.













Judicial Complex and
Parking Garage
In a special referendum held on
March 20, 2001, the County elector-
ate approved the levy of a one-year,
one-cent local government infra-
structure surtax. Use of the surtax
proceeds is restricted to construc-
tion of a criminal courthouse and
related parking facilities. Pursuant
to an interlocal agreement between
Alachua County and the City, the
County is to distribute $5.5 million
of the surtax proceeds to the City.
The City is obligated to construct
a parking facility or facilities in
close proximity to the criminal
courthouse. The County retains
the balance of the surtax for con-
struction of the courthouse itself.
In November of 2001, construction
began on the 118,000 square foot,
four-story courthouse, which will
take up six blocks of land at the
inter-section of South Main Street
and SW 2nd Avenue. The anticipated
completion date of the project is
fall of 2003.
Construction of the five-story, 500
space parking garage is expected to

Architect's rendering of the City's new Downtown Southwest Quadrant Parking
Facility that is being constructed in conjunction with the new Alachua County
Criminal Courthouse.

begin in November of 2002. The facility,
located across SW 2nd Avenue from
the courthouse will provide parking
for courthouse customers and will
include a ground floor set aside for
retail space. Construction of the
garage is scheduled to be completed
in August of 2003.

Infrastructure Improvements
The City has applied for a $1.4 million
federal grant to improve SW 2nd Avenue
between the downtown area and the
University of Florida. The project
would consist of widening sidewalks,
building landscape medians, provid-
ing pedestrian-scale lighting, and
upgrading traffic signals.

General Fund Reservations of Fund Balance
As of September 30, 2001

Fund Balances
Mandated Reserve
Capital Projects
Long-term Receivables
Deregulation Reserve
State Route 26/26A
Downtown Parking
Communication Equipment LI/LO
FCT Depot Stormwater Park
Combined Communication Center
Grant Matches
FFGFC Fiscal Year 2001
Cops Ahead Grant Match
Fire Salary Increase-Fiscal Year 2001
Other Projects
Total Reserved
Total Fund Balances

September 30

$ 3,590,954
$ 17,558,852


1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

Fund Balance represents multi-year
accumulated surplus revenue. The
City designates fund balance "reserves"
forfuture anticipated needs. As shown
by the graph, Fund Balance has remained
at an acceptable level with an overall
five-year increase of 36%. The fund
balance of the General Fund at
September 30, 2001 was $17.6 million,
an increase of $2.3 million due to
an operating surplus in fiscal 2001.
General government revenues exceeded
budgeted levels by approximately
$1.4 million, while expenditures
were approximately $2.4 million
below budget.

financial reporting GROWTH OF ASSETS
This financial summary and history is based 197 2
upon a condensed view of the City's assets and fiscal years 1997-2001
liabilities for all funds and account groups at a 800 net assets
specific point in time, September 30th, which net fixed assets
is the end of the City's fiscal year. 700 assets
Net Assets represents the resources the City long term debt
has available to continue to provide services to 600
the residents of Gainesville if there were no
additional revenues or resources available.
Net Fixed Assets are the City's long-term 500-
investments in land, buildings, equipment, O
improvements other than buildings (such as 400-
swimming pools and parking lots), and
construction in progress. The stated values v 300 -
represent the original cost less an amount for
depreciation. These assets are not available to 200 -
finance regular City operations.
Long Term Debt represents debt obligations 100
of the City from long-term financing. The
proceeds from these various debt issues were 0
used to finance large projects such as building 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
construction and renovations, major equip-
ment purchases, and roadway reconstruction.

Condensed Balance Sheet
All fund Types and Account Groups as of September 30
[000's Omitted]

Fiscal Year 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

Cash and Investments $ 440,996 $ 419,498 $ 434,828 $ 480,309 $ 454,195
Receivables, net 48,636 40,316 45,522 56,630 52,171
Inventories, at cost 9,951 12,096 18,823 9,449 11,281
Deferred and Prepaid Expenses 94,684 86,191 289,728 248,297 234,189
Subtotal Assets 594,267 558,101 788,901 794,685 751,836
Payable and Accrued Libilities 75,348 48,044 63,946 71,224 55,982
Deferred Credits Et Revenues 19,428 19,115 242,405 233,008 228,447
Subtotal Liabilities 94,776 67,159 306,351 304,232 284,429
Net Assets $ 499,491 $ 490,942 $ 482,550 $ 490,453 $ 467,407

Net Fixed Assets $ 588,329 $ 599,038 $ 623,950 $ 666,332 $ 700,608
Long Term Debt $ 485,530 $ 474,359 $ 419,987 $ 425,274 $ 443,523


fiscal year 2001

Roads and Drainage
Construction S2,958,838
New Construction and
Renovancons SI,971,857
Fleet Acquisit.ons and
Transfer 51,494,734
Computer Purchases and
Miscellaneous 5207,196
Downtown Southwest
Quadrant Parking Facility


Revenues and Expenditures of Combined Operating Funds
As of September 30
[000's Omitted]

Fiscal Year

Property Taxes
Other Taxes/Licenses
Charges for Services

Subtotal Revenues

Debt Proceeds

Total Revenues

General Government
Public Safety

Subtotal Expenditures

Debt Service

Total Expenditures


$ 10,044



$ 10,587



$ 245,724 $ 263,187








$ 11,098



$ 265,766





$ 11,868







$ 12,556






$ 231,679 $ 240,584


governmental fundSarethose
through which most governmental functions
of the City are financed. The following are the
City's governmental fund types:
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 the 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 statements until the
programs are completed.
Debt Service Funds are used to account for
receipt and payment of general long-term
debt principal and interest. The City typically
issues bonds in order to finance large capital
projects. In fiscal year 2001 debt proceeds
increased as the City borrowed $2,775,000
through the First Florida Governmental
Financial Commission.

The following schedule represents a summary and history of the finan-
cial activities of the City's combined operating funds (defined as govern-
mental and proprietaryfunds) for fiscal years 1997 through 2001.

$ 275,443 $ 321,795

$ 261,810 $ 287,680

Senior citizens playing bridge at the
newly renovated Thelma Boltin Senior
Activity Center.

Capital Projects Funds account for
financial resources to be used for the
acquisition or construction of major
capital 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 1999.
Expenditures increased significantly
in fiscal year 2001, in the General
Capital Projects Fund as well as the
new Fleet Acquisition 2001 Fund
associated with the 2001 series First
Florida Governmental Financing
Commission Loan. In the General
Capital Projects Fund, three projects
contributed to the increase in
expenditures. First, the final work
associated with construction of the
Technology Enterprise Center of
Gainesville/Alachua County was
completed. Second was work
associated with a joint project between
the City of Gainesville, Alachua
County and the Florida Department
of Transportation on State Road 26/
26A. Finally, there was an increase
over fiscal year 2000 in expenditures
related to the Depot Avenue Facility.
In the Fleet Acquisition 2001 Fund,
just over $1 million was expended for
the acquisition of five new fire

The schedule below reflects the revenues and expenses of the City's governmental
funds for fiscal years 2001 and 2000. The schedule includes the amount of increases
and decreases in relation to prior year totals.

Governmental Funds by Fund Type
Revenues and Expenditures
As of September 30, 2001 and 2000
[000's Omitted]

Fiscal Year

Special Revenue
Debt Service
Capital Projects

Total Revenues

Special Revenue
Debt Service
Capital Projects

Total Expenditures



$ 67,233




$ 2,870


$ 62,877





$ 4,356




(1,626) $ 4,496








Aerial view oflronwood
Golf Course, a municipal
course located in
northeast Gainesville.

Proprietary Fund by Entity
Revenues and Expenditures
As of September 30, 2001 and 2000
[000's Omitted]

Fiscal Year
Ironwood Golf Course
Solid Waste
General Insurance
Total Revenues
Ironwood Golf Course
Solid Waste
General Insurance
Total Expenditures


$ 10,158






$ 2,477


Shortage of Revenues
Over Expenditures $ 30,691 $ 14,525 $ 16,1.

Trust Fund Assets by Trust Type
As of September 30, 2001 and 2000
[000's Omitted]

Fiscal Year

Pension Trusts
Fair Value
Expendable Trust
Total Assets


$ 213,547
$ 216,782

2000 (Decrease)

$ 250,821
$ 253,689

proprietary funds
(Enterprise and Internal Service) are
used to account for the government's
ongoing organizations and activities
that are similar to those often found
in the private sector.

Enterprise Funds are used to
account for specific operating
entities of the governing body.
Government enterprise funds are
financed and operated in a manner
similar to private businesses where
the intent is to cover the cost of
providing goods or services to the
general public through user fees.
Internal Service Funds are used to
account for the cost of departments
that provide goods or services to
other departments. Charges to user
departments are based upon prede-
termined cost recovery methods.

fiduciary funds
are used to account for funds held in
trust for specific future use. Funds
are spent according to the trust
agreement. The City accounts for
several individual trust funds and
one agency fund. The schedule on
the left shows the asset growth
experienced during fiscal year 2001
for the City's trust funds.

$ (37,274)
$ (36,907)

debt administration
The City's required principal and
interest payments on outstanding
debt were remitted timely and in full
during fiscal year 2001. The reserve
requirements mandated by the bond
covenants remain funded at the
prescribed levels. The schedule on the
right recaps the total debt outstand-
ing for the City as of September 30,
2001 and 2000.

component units
are presented in a separate column in
the financial statements to empha-
size 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.
Community Redevelopment Agency
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.
CRA has assisted with funding
improvements to downtown neighbor-
hoods, constructed downtown
streetscaping, and improvements to
the Downtown Community Plaza.
Planned projects include constru-
cting pedestrian enhancements to
existing streets, building high quality
"walk-up" type townhouse units in
downtown Gainesville, and assisting
with the design and development of a
Stormwater Park in east Gainesville.
Gainesville Enterprise Zone is an area
targeted for economic revitalization.
It offers financial incentives to businesses
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 2001, 43 applications
were processed, 23 businesses were
assisted, and 13 new jobs were
created. -

Total Debt Outstanding
As of September 30, 2001 and 2000
[000's Omitted]

Fiscal Year
Guaranteed Entitlement
Revenue and Refunding Bonds
Financing Commission Loans
Promissory Notes
Enterprise Fund Debt

Total General Government Debt

Utility Commercial Paper Notes
Utility Revenue Bonds

Total Utility Debt

Total Outstanding Debt


$ 13,007



425,928 416,489

GRU's newest generating
unit in the historic Kelly
Generating Station.

The Laurel Oak Inn in
historic downtown


$ 13,457








$ 462,120 $ 446,529 $ 15,591








its participatory style of govern-
ment. The City has many advisory
boards and committees that provide
residents an opportunity to contrib-
ute to their local government and
participate in significant policy de-
cisions. Current boards and commit-
tees are listed below. For further in-
formation, please call the City Clerk's
office at 352-334-5015.
Art In Public Places Trust 7 member com-
mittee is established for each major public
constructed project.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Board 12
members City residency required for City ap-
pointees. The Board shall study and make
recommendations to the City Commission,
the County Commission, and the MTPO on
all matters concerning planning, implemen-
tation, and maintenance of policies, pro-
grams, and facilities for the safe and efficient
integration of bicyclists and pedestrians into
the urban area transportation system.
Board of Adjustment 5 members City resi-
dency required. The Board of Adjustment
hears and decides appeals of administrative
review and special exceptions on zoning and
building code matters.
Board of Trustees of the Consolidated Police
Officers' and Firefighters' Retirement Plan
- 5 members City residency required for the
two (2) members appointed by the City Com-
mission. The Board of Trustees oversees and
administers the pension plans of the Police
Officers and Firefighters for the City of
Citizens Advisory Committee for Commu-
nity Development 15 members City resi-
dency not required. The Citizens Advisory
Committee for Community Development
(CACCD) makes recommendations to the
City Commission and City Manager regard-
ing the Community Development Block
Grant and HOME programs and lends sup-
port to, and seeks support for, desirable pro-
grams and projects.
City Beautification Board 15 members City
residency not required. The City Beautifica-
tion Board studies, investigates, develops, as-
sists, advises, and recommends to the City
Commission on matters pertaining to beau-
City Plan Board 7 members City residency
required. The City Plan Board gathers infor-
mation and makes recommendations to the
City Commission on the comprehensive plan
of the City of Gainesville.
College Park/University Heights Redevelop-
ment Advisory Board 9 members To the
extent possible, members of each advisory
board should reside or work in the district.
Appointed by the Community Redevelop-
ment Agency (CRA).

Development Review Board 7 members
City residency required. The Development
Review Board is a citizen board that reviews,
approves or denies development plans sub-
mitted for review pursuant to the provisions
of Sec. 20-87 Gainesville's Code of Ordi-
Downtown Redevelopment Advisory
Board 7 members To the extent possible,
members of each advisory board should re-
side or work in the district. Appointed by the
Community Redevelopment Agency.
Fifth Avenue/Pleasant Street Redevelop-
ment Advisory Board 7 members To the
extent possible, members of each advisory
board should reside or work in the district.
Appointed by the Community Redevelop-
ment Agency (CRA).
Fire Safety Board of Adjustment 5 members
City residency not required. The Board serves
as an appeals board, authorized to hear ap-
praisals and to vary the application of any
provision of various fire safety codes.
Gainesville/Alachua County Cultural Affairs
Board 15 members City residency not re-
quired. The Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board
advises the Director of Cultural Affairs in the
promotion of fine arts, literary arts, perform-
ing arts and crafts, develops local art re-
sources and assists in the planning and
implementation of community arts involve-
ment in and around the City of Gainesville.
Gainesville/Alachua County Regional Air-
port Authority 9 members City residency
not required. The purpose of the Authority is
to manage and operate the airport and air-
port facilities, an independent special district.
Gainesville Code Enforcement Board 7
members City residency required. The
Gainesville Code Enforcement Board shall
have jurisdiction to hear and decide cases of
alleged violations of provisions of various
Gainesville City codes.
Gainesville Energy Advisory Committee 9
members City residency not required. The
Committee advises the City Commission on
energy policy matters and reviews the continu-
ing work of the Gainesville Regional Utilities.
Gainesville Enterprise Zone Development
Agency 9 members Created to carry out
the economic development and redevelop-
mentpurposes of Chapter 290, Florida Statutes.
Gainesville Housing Authority 5 members
City residency not required. The authority es-
tablishes policy and is responsible for the
planning, financing, construction, leasing,
managing and maintaining of low-rent pub-
lic housing, subject to applicable laws, and
contractual relations with the US Depart-
ment 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 en-
force, file, process and hear complaints of
discrimination based upon age, race, color,

sex, religion, creed, national origin, physical
or mental disabilities, marital status, famil-
ial status, occupation and sexual orientation.
Historic Preservation Board 9 members
City residency required. The responsibilities
of this Board are to update the official inven-
tory of cultural resources and submit recom-
mendations and documentation to the City
Commission; develop programs to stimulate
public interest in urban neighborhood con-
servation policies and goals; and cooperate
with City, County, Regional, State and Fed-
eral Governments in site, building, structures,
object areas and districts, both public and
private, for listing on the local Register for
Historic places.
Nature Centers Commission 12 members
City residency not required. The Nature Cen-
ters Commission assists the City Commission
through recommendations and advice given
in respect to developing programs, ordi-
nances, use regulations and resource man-
agement policies as required to protect the
natural system and other values to the Na-
ture Centers of the City of Gainesville.
Pension Review Committee 5 members
City residency not required. SUCCESSFUL
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 in-
vestment policies and Investment Manager
Public Recreation Board 9 members City
residency not required. The Public Recre-
ation Board advises the City Commission and
offers recommendations as to the needs of
the City on all matters pertaining to recre-
ation within the City.
Regional Transit System Advisory Board 9
members City residency required for City ap-
pointees. The duties of the Regional Transit
SystemAdvisory 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 collec-
tor, clarify tree regulations, act on referrals,
guide the creation of a Master Tree Plan, as-
sist in the development of the goals and ob-
jectives 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 resi-
dency not required. The Tree Board of Ap-
peals has been established to hear appeals
regarding dangerous or dead trees designated
for removal, including those recommended
for removal by the City Arborist.
Water Management Committee 7 members
City residency not required. Responsibilities
include assessing the quality and quantity of
water resources available to the citizens of
Gainesville. C-

citizen s

opinion survey

r (De"r Cotheey
O As A CITIZEN OF GAINESVILLE, you are the best judge of the quality of
> service your City government provides. I know you expect the
Highest quality of service and to be treated with courtesy and
Friendliness. To ensure that quality of service, please take a few
o minutes to answer the questions on the next three pages.
z This survey is designed to help the City staff and Commission
z evaluate public opinion of City services and programs. Your
z household has been chosen at random to participate in this
D survey. To accurately reflect the views of all people living in
w" Gainesville, we would like you to utilize the following method
a to determine the respondent in your household: Please select
z the adult (anyone 18 years or older) who most recently had his
w or her birthday.
X Be assured that all of your answers are given in complete
I anonymity. Let me stress again that your participation in this
Survey is very important, especially because you are one of the
Sfew households being asked to report your opinions about City
services. It is equally important that you choose your household's
respondent by the method described above. If you have any
questions about this survey, feel free to contact the Office of
Management and Budget at 334-5032.
In addition to the Citizen's Opinion Survey on services, I am
also very interested in any comments you have on this Citizen's
Report. The City mails Citizen's Reports to a random sample of
GRU customers within the city limits. The report can be found
in the public library, and anyone interested in receiving a copy
may contact the Finance Department at 334-5054.
Thank you,

Wayne Bowers
City Manager



This questionnaire is included in the 2001 Citizen's Report, which is mailed out during the spring of
2002. 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?
DExcellent Good ,III I'.I'l DDon'tKnow

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 Excellent Good III I'. 111 DVery DSomewhat Ni,
Traffic enforcement Excellent Good [, 1 I'I. 111 \_iy si nii_ lia NI, i
Fire protection Excellent Good Illi I'I ,11 \-iy s ,iiile\ lial NI, (
City parks e.g. Westside, McPherson Excellent Good [li I', I ii \-ly i niilli\ ld Ni,
Cultural events and exhibits Excellent Good [ lli I' ,i ii \i-'y ,iil\ hld NI, (
Recreational programs Excellent Good [lln I'ii ,i \i-ly iiilt lia NI,
Nature parks and greenways Excellent Good [,lln I'iii \i-y iiilt lia Ni, i
City buses (RTS) Excellent Good [IaI I'ii D1 Very Somewhat N it
Building and codes enforcement Excellent Good [lln I'iii \C1y iilt li Ni, i
Recycling program Excellent Good IIII I',ii Very Somewhat Ni i
Trash collection (Waste Management) Excellent Cood [iii I'iii 1 \CIy ,iiilt lia Ni, i
Street maintenance and repairs Excellent Good [,III I'i ,Ii Very Somewhat N, it
Maintenance of the City's tree canopy Excellent Good Illi I'iI ii \C!y niiNi_ lia Ni, i
Ironwood golf course Excellent Good [ lli I', III \- iy ,iiit lia Ni, i
Mosquito control Excellent Good illi I',ii I \_iy ,iiilt lia Ni, i
Planning and Zoning Excellent G(ood I i I',i II \il y 'i iniei lia Ni, i

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 DYES NO Excellent Good Illi I' I, I
Called for mosquito control \YS NO Excellent Good ,ii I' I, I
Called the City orWaste Management about trash DYES NO Excellent Good ,liii I'i ,I
Called the Gainesville Fire Dept. \YES NO Excellent Good [,i Ii I'I l
Called the Gainesville Police Dept. DYES NO Excellent Good ,i1i I, I'111
Contacted the City to report poor road conditions \YES NO DExcellent Good ,liii I' 11

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 DYES NO DExcellent Good iii I'.il1
Participated in a City athletic program YE.S NO DExcellent Good ,liii I' I, I
Participated in other City recreational programs DYES NO Excellent Good [iii I'i ,I l
Recycled paper, cans, or bottles from your home YE[S NO Excellent Good ,liii I' I, I
Ridden a City bus DYES NO Excellent Good [aii I' Ii
Visited a City nature area; e.g., Morningside, Ring Park \YES NO Excellent Good ,liii I' I, I
Visited a recreational park; e.g.Westside, McPherson \YES NO Excellent Good ,liii I' 11
Played golf at Ironwood golf course \YES NO Excellent Good ,liii I' 11

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 DExcellent Good I[a ii I' ,ii
General quality of service by GPD Excellent Good L iii I'i iii
Your impression of professionalism of GPD staff Excellent Good ,i1 I',i 11

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.
Ticket Suspect Victim Witness Traffic Incident
Community Activity Other (please specify)

7. Evaluation of officer/GPD staff contact.
Manner in which situation was handled
Level of courtesy and friendliness
Level of officer's concern
Level of professionalism
Length of time for officer to arrive or return phone call (if relevant)
If you were a victim: Information about rights provided?

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
\?" c lTt\T

W It you were a suspecLt: Inolrmallion auuuL rigliis provideudi IS INL
S8. Did an officer/investigator/detective follow up on your case? YES NO
S9. If an officer/investigator/detective followed up, how satisfied were you?
J Amount of time to contact you Excellent Good Fa
0 Service provided by officer/investigator/detective Excellent Good Fa
S Level of courtesy and friendliness Excellent Good Fa
S Helpfulness Excellent Good Fa
S Attitude Excellent Good Fa
Level of professionalism Excellent Good Fa
Competence Excellent Good Fa
Appearance Excellent Good Fa

< 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? (Westside, McPherson, etc.)
B. If more than 0, how would you rate...
The cleanliness
The level of safety
The attractiveness
Maintenance of the park
Maintenance of the sports fields
The educational value

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)



1-5 6-10 Over 10
1-5 6-10 Over 10

Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor
Excellent Good Fair Poor


ir Poor
ir Poor
ir Poor
ir Poor
ir Poor
ir Poor
ir Poor
ir Poor

15.A. In the past 3 months, how many times have you used the City bus service (RTS)?
0 1-5 6-10 Over 10

B. What would encourage you to use the City bus service more often? (Check all that apply)
Nothing Smaller buses More frequent buses
More friendly service Cleaner buses Extended hours
Lower fare 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 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 2001.
(Include money from all sources for all persons living in your household.)
$0-10,000 $10,000-30,000 $30,000-50,000 Over $50,000

18.Your gender:

Male Female

19.Number of individuals in your household: 1

20.Your age:

2 3 4 or more

18-24 25-34

Black White

21.Your race/ethnicity:

35-49 50-64 over 64

Hispanic Asian


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 2001 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 $1.40 per copy,
should the City continue to provide this report to its taxpayers?
If yes, how often? Annually Every 3 years Every 5 years





\[ s NO

Other (please specify)

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, 2002, and a free
copy will be mailed to you. Also, check out the City's website- http: //www. cityofgainesville. org/

about the COVer
Special thanks to local Artist
Kathleen Wobie, for supplying
the cover art work. A vibrant
landscape painting portraying
the revitalized historic down-
town Gainesville, including
Union Street Station and the
Hippodrome at dusk.

This Document was produced by the
Finance Department at a cost of $10,500
or $1.40 per copy, to inform the public
about City services and finances.
Currently, only 7,500 copies are printed
annually and mailed to a random
sample of residents. If you would like
to receive a copy, contact the Finance
Department at 334-5054.
In-house Photographers: Johanna
TjeenkWillink and Carl Harness

contact numbers
For numbers not listed below call (352) 334-5005
Administrative Services .............................................. 334-5013
Assistant City Manager ............................................... 334-5010
Building Inspection.................................................... 334-5050
City Attorney.................................................................. 334-5011
City Auditor ................................................................. 334-5020
City Commission......................................................... 334-5016
City Manager ............................................................... 334-5010
Clerk of Commission .................................................. 334-5015
Community Development ......................................... 334-5022
Computer Services ...................................................... 334-5033
Cultural Affairs ............................................................ 334-5064
Economic Development......... ...................................... 334-5012
Equal Opportunity ...................................................... 334-5051
Facilities Management ............................................... 334-2140
Finance ........................................................................ 334-5054
Fire Rescue ................................................................... 334-5078
Fleet Management ...................................................... 334-2261
Gainesville Regional Utilities ..................................... 334-3400
Human Resources ....................................................... 334-5077
Ironwood Golf Course ................................................ 334-3120
Management & Budget ............................................... 334-5032
Police .............................................................................. 334-2400
PublicWorks ................................................................ 334-5070
Recreation & Parks ...................................................... 334-5067
Regional Transit System............................................. 334-2609
Risk Management ....................................................... 334-5045
Solid W aste ................................................................ 334-5040
Stormwater Management ........................................ 334-5072
Streets ........................................................................... 334-2161
Traffic Engineering..................................................... 334-5074

The Government Finance OfficersAssociation
of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has
given an Award for OutstandingAchievement
in PopularAnnual Financial Reporting to
City of Gainesville for its PopularAnnual
Financial Report for the fiscal year ended
September 30, 2000.
TheAward for OutstandingAchievement
in PopularAnnual Financial Reporting is
a prestigious national award recognizing
conformance with the highest standards for
preparation of state and local government
popular reports.

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

Finance Department
PO Box 490
Gainesville, FL 32602

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