Typical Cost of Services for a Citizen in White House

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Tentatively effective 7/1/2019

The City of White House provides numerous services to our citizens.  Based on the General Fund Total Operating Budget for each City Department / Function, we are able to roughly estimate the cost of services available to each dwelling in the City.  The General Fund Total Operating Budget does not include capital expenditures.  Based on the 2017 Special Census, there are 4,156 dwellings and 11,600 citizens in the City.

Department / Function

Total Operating

FY 2020 Budget

Average Cost per Dwelling

Average Cost per Citizen

Legislative / Administrative

 $             629,639

 $               152

 $            54.28

Engineering

 $             414,000

 $               100

 $            35.69

Building Maintenance

 $             198,497

 $                 48

 $            17.11

Miscellaneous (Insurance)

 $             285,000

 $                 69

 $            24.57

Municipal Court

 $               99,547

 $                 24

 $              8.58

Finance

 $             427,307

 $               103

 $            36.84

Human Resources

 $             260,503

 $                 63

 $            22.46

Police

 $         2,414,855

 $               581

 $          208.18

Fire

 $         1,801,450

 $               433

 $          155.30

Public Works

 $             617,401

 $               149

 $            53.22

Library

 $             471,623

 $               113

 $            40.66

Senior Services

 $               43,432

 $                 10

 $              3.74

Museum Services

 $               80,355

 $                 19

 $              6.93

Parks & Recreation

 $             968,077

 $               233

 $            83.45

Planning & Codes

 $             365,701

 $                 88

 $            31.53

Totals

 $        9,077,387

 $          2,185

 $         782.54

 

Funding through the above departments / functions makes the following services available to citizens:

Police Patrol

Police Detectives & Investigation

Police Crime Prevention Program

Fire Protection

Fire Inspection Services

Fire Prevention Education

Dispatching of 911 Calls

Property and Codes Maintenance

Building Inspections

Planning Services

Municipal Court System

Walking/Running trails on a Greenway and at the City park

Soccer Complex

Several parks that include a large splash pad, outdoor basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, junior pro football field, an 18-hole disc golf course, and one of the best dog parks in the country

Outdoor Amphitheater

Indoor Gym

Recreation programs such as volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, cooking classes, and more

Street Paving & Signal Maintenance

Full Library Services including classes on the use of technology, English as a second language, and reading programs for all ages.

Senior Citizen Center

Economic Development

All of the above services and many more like these cost the local taxpayers money.  The average homeowner pays about $526 per year in City property taxes.  This represents only 24% of the actual cost of providing services to a dwelling.  It takes a combination of business taxes, sales tax collections, and shared taxes coming from the State of Tennessee to allow the City of White House to continue to provide services.

Other services include Sanitation, Wastewater, and Stormwater utilities.  These services are each independently funded directly through user fees.  Each of these utility fee revenues may only be used for the expenses and capital purchases relating to each respective utility.  These funds may not be used for General Fund purposes and General Fund revenues may not be used for utility purposes.