Health Care Budget Plan
Metropolis City Budgetary Plan Insert Your Name Here Insert Your Class Here Insert Instructor Here Insert Due Date Here Executive Summary Metropolis City is a thriving location of approximately 230,000 residents which strives to provide programs and services to optimize the quality of life of its residents. Officials pride themselves with providing decent, affordable housing for the elderly, indigent and homeless, as well as a wide array of after-school and other recreational programs. Improvements are continually being sought.
This report seeks to best spell out the most efficient and effective way to allocate current budgeted funds to best support the needs of Metropolis City. By doing so, plans must also be set forth to illustrate to citizens how their tax dollars are being spent. For this reason, a visionary committee was constructed to detail the most lucrative means in which to invest the current $10 million dollar budget allocated by the city manager. Also, it will be a priority to make certain the proposed expenditure plan meets federal standards in order to receive up to 100% matching federal funds.This report will outline the strategic plan of Metropolis City, focusing on a number of service and renovation priorities. These include: • Transportation and Transit • Solid Waste • Infrastructure Renewal • Healthy Activities • Housing • Economic Opportunities • Service Delivery Transportation Metroplis City’s estimated 230,000 residents reside in an area covering of 1,380 square kilometers with 10% being urban and the remaining 90% agricultural land, forested lands and wetlands, and small communities.
The area has more than 4,500 km of roads, 1,225 km of sidewalks, 420 bridges, 220 km of recreational pathways and 425 km of bike routes that help people get to and from their destinations. Goals will be set to improve transportation demands, maximizing use and efficiency of existing systems and expanding the current service for improvements among all forms of travel. Transit Collaboration will be needed to optimize the city-wide transit system with a goal of a targeted increase of riders by 30%.Achieving this goal will require providing greater reliability, availability, comfort, and speed of the service. Accommodations for handicapped riders will need to be made, making the transit system completely accessible.
Steps must also be taken to improve fuel efficiency by making transit buses “greener”. Solid Waste Metropolis City is committed to becoming a “green” city and by decreasing the carbon fingerprints on the environment. Funds will be set aside to construct innovative recycling programs and to improve the drinking water filtration system for all residents.Infrastructure Renewal Improvements to current sidewalks, trails, roadways, the water treatment facility, wastewater collection system and the parks and recreation department should also be made in order to improve and increase use by residents of the city. The exiting public infrastructure system must be optimized due the costly demands of creating and maintaining a system. Metroplis City will spotlight on crucial areas of the current infrastructure, including repairing roadways, sidewalks, and other systems such as sewers.
The solid waste system and environmental needs will be addressed to perfect their current use. Healthy Activities Funds will be set aside from the current budget to ensure that all citizens of Metropolis City have accessibility to a wide array of cultural, recreational, sports, and fitness-related activities to improve their health, both physically and spiritually. Facilities and festivities will be designed with easy access for everyone, including the elderly and handicapped. A variety of health promotion activities and events will also be held, such as health fairs, screenings, and informational sessions.Partnerships will be developed with federal and state governments to make sure that homeless, indigent, elderly and adolescent residents receive assistance from a public health program.
The current path system for walkers and bicyclers will be upgraded as necessary to maintain current use and hopefully increase use by 25%. Housing Availability of affordable, decent housing is an issue that plagues not only Metropolis City, but the entire nation and world. Funding will be used to ensure that all residents have this, particularly disabled persons, the elderly, domestic violence victims, single pregnant women, the homeless, and indigent persons.Guidelines will be set to distinguish capability of indigent persons to be able to afford some of the expenses associated with operating a household based on their level of income (see below). • Low income – 80% of median and lower • Very low income – 50% of median and lower • Severely low income – 30% of median and lower Direct funding, as well as government grants, funding, and other types of assistance will be utilized to assist the housing program, providing low-cost or no-cost housing to qualifying applicants.Some examples of assistance includes free financial analysis and counseling, project management, providing access to funding sources and other assistance (loan and grant applications), and fostering partnerships with other housing and service providers.
The two main programs offered will be rental units and affordable home ownership program. The first project will be a 40 unit apartment complex within the city limits which offers two- and three-bedroom units alongside a 40-unit senior citizen housing development which will consist of one- and two-bedroom apartments.The second project will consist of a residential building consisting of 36 garden-style, three-bedroom family apartments which will be constructed. The second project will also include the building of a large complex that will feature 52 units in one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans for low-income senior citizens. The second program under this affordable housing program will be to set aside funds to: • Help citizens with the American dream of homeownership.
These funds will enable 20 low-income families to acquire their own newly built home within the city limits. Renovate existing apartment complexes in low-income areas of the city. These funds will be used to repair housing units that are in poor condition and completely renovate each unit. Renovations will continue during the next two years with apartments available for occupancy upon completion (Community, n. d. ) Economic Opportunities On January 2, 2012, the Metropolis City will plan to launch an economic opportunities program, Kids’ Pathways.
This program is designed as a children’s savings account initiative that automatically opens college savings accounts for families when they enroll their children in a kindergarten class.This program will provide an important opportunity to expand stakeholder understanding of good policy design for such initiatives. The program will evaluate and impact the students from a very early age and it will assist in the students’ college aspirations, and parent and children’s financial capabilities. Through this program, Metropolis City will employ multiple kindergarten to college evaluation strategies to assess how effective the marketing has been in promoting the program, how effective the program design has been in encouraging ollow-on contributions by participating parents from a wide range of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and what impact participation in the program has had on the financial capabilities of parents and on children’s college aspirations compared to other areas of the state. The goal of this project is to help low-income families and other individuals break the cycle of poverty and to create new cycles of prosperity (Charles, n. d.
). Another economic enhancement opportunity will be the Asset Building Program.The goal of this program is to increase the ownership of assets of residents within our city, focused mainly on low- and moderate-income households, thereby providing all city residents an increased financial security, as well as a direct stake in the success of the local economy. The program will be focused on four main areas: policy research, policymaker education, communications, and policy development. The Metropolis City Asset Building Program will: • Develop and articulate a policy agenda focused on enabling more people to save, accumulate resources, and protect their assets throughout the course of their everyday activities Elevate a public discourse around the wide array of ideas, policies, and programs, which promote asset building, savings, and the wealth creation process • Advance policymakers’ understanding and leadership of asset-building policies.
Service Delivery Appropriate committee members will “improve the service delivery culture of the organization by encouraging staff to look for innovative and cost-effective ways to deliver services and ensure that programs continue to be relevant, effective, affordable and sustainable to satisfy political and public expectations” (City, 2010).A multitude of services will be provided, including a snow assistance program to provide affordable services for removing snow from private walkways and driveways for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Those who meet certain income guidelines will receive the service free of charge. A childcare assistance program will be established for those who qualify for public assistance. Also, since recreational and cultural programs enhance the quality of life for everyone, a wide range of creative and safe programs will be provided for all individuals, particularly targeting children.
Sustainable Finances One of the visionary committee’s fundamental points is to ensure the financial sustainability of Metropolis City. With the decrease in federal and state funding, other means must be sought to increase revenue resources and minimize operating costs where possible. A great focus will be placed on applications for grants as they come available. Approval of all financial items will be deliberated by the appropriate city representatives, who will make adjustments to the budgetary targets and actual costs as necessary.The budgeting committee “will focus on strategies to ensure infrastructure renewal needs are met and new sources of funding and techniques are secured to make growth pay for itself” (City, 2010). Budgetary Analysis Budgetary analysis is constructed upon a $20 million budget, accounting for both the local allocation, as well as matching federal funds.
When developing this budget, financial advisors will define and analyze current and emerging financial trends. Cost allocation methods and capital investment decision making will be examined thoroughly. Transportation and Transit | |Amount |$2,700,000 | |Population Served |Residents of Metropolis City and immediately surrounding area | |Services Provided |Affordable, reliable alternate mass transportation | |Goal(s) |Improve transportation demands, maximizing use and efficiency of existing systems and expanding the | | |current service for improvements among all forms of travel | | |Providing greater reliability, availability, comfort, and speed of the service, “greener” | | transportation | | |Increase number of riders by 30% | | | | | | | |Solid Waste | |Amount |$1,800,000 | |Population Served |Residents of Metropolis City and immediately surrounding area | |Services Provided |Recycling programs and drinking water filtration system | |Goal(s) |Initiate a system toward becoming a “green” city and decrease the carbon fingerprints on the | | |environment | | | |Infrastructure Renewal | |Amount |$8,600,000 | |Population Served |Residents of Metropolis City and immediately surrounding area | |Services Provided |Improvements to current infrastructure | |Goal(s) |Make improvements to current sidewalks, trails, roadways, the water treatment facility, wastewater | | |collection system and the parks and recreation department | | | |Healthy Activities | |Amount |$1,140,000 | |PopulationServed |Residents of Metropolis City and immediately surrounding area | |Services Provided |Cultural, recreational, sports, and fitness-related activities | |Goal(s) |Provide accessibility to a wide array of cultural, recreational, sports, and fitness-related | | |activities to improve their health, both physically and spiritually | | | |Housing | |Amount |$4,500,000 | |Population Served |Low- to moderate-income individuals who quality for decent, safe, affordable housing | |Services Provided |Rental apartments and home ownership programs, as well as free housing | |Goal(s) |To provide 171 families with housing | | | |Economic Opportunities | |Amount |$360,000 | |Population Served |School-age children of Metropolis City | |Services Provided |Kids’ Pathways – Savings account initiative that automatically opens college savings accounts for | | |families when they enroll their children in a kindergarten class | |Goal(s) |Help low-income families and other individuals break the cycle of poverty and to create new cycles of| | |prosperity | | | | | | | | | | | | |Amount |$400,000 | |Population Served |Low- and Moderate-Income Households | |Services Provided |Asset Building Program | |Goal(s) |Increase the ownership of assets of residents within our city, focused mainly on low- and | | |moderate-income households, thereby providing all city residents an increased financial security, as | | |well as a direct stake in the success of the local economy | | | | |Service Delivery | | |Amount |$500,000 | |Population Served |Residents of Metropolis City and immediately surrounding area | |Services Provided |Snow assistance program, childcare assistance program, and a wide array of recreational and cultural | | |programs | |Goal(s) |Improve the service delivery culture of the organization by encouraging staff to develop innovative | | |and cost-effective ways to deliver services and ensure that programs continue to be relevant, | | |effective, affordable and sustainable to satisfy political and public expectations | Summary Transportation and Transit$2,700,000 Solid Waste 1,800,000 Infrastructure Renewal 8,600,000Healthy Activities 1,140,000 Housing 4,500,000 Economic Opportunities 760,000 Service Delivery 500,000 Total Funding $20,000,000 References Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (n. d. ). Kindergarten to college evaluation.
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