City Council Priorities

The Denton City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2021 to 2022 Priorities found on this page on September 28, 2021. These priorities serve as a foundation for budget development and primary staff focus for the upcoming fiscal year. The list provides information and a status for each priority, updated as of October 28, 2021, and will be updated online quarterly with progress.

2020 to 2021 Priorities

  1. American Rescue Plan Funding
  2. CIP Planning and Communication
  3. Comprehensive Plan Update
  4. Solid Waste Management Strategy
  5. Affordable Housing Strategy
  6. COVID-19 Response
  7. Mobility Plan Update
  8. Homelessness & Housing

Develop and Implement American Rescue Plan Funding and Programs

The City of Denton will receive a total of $23.29 million from the federal government in ARP funds. City staff presented an initial presentation to Council in May, released a public survey in June, and presented proposed options for the first half of funding to Council on July 27. The second half of the funding will not be received until spring 2022. Following direction received from Council on July 29, staff is taking next steps to develop programs and methods to administer the funding and programs. To develop the programs, this will involve a substantial amount of time from Finance, Legal, City Manager's Office, Economic Development, Community Services, and the Fire Department to assist businesses, families, and individuals in the community.

Next Steps of Implementation

StepsAnticipated Timeline
Release applications for Behavioral Health and Nonprofit Capacity GrantsDecember 2021
Community Services Advisory Committee review applications and make recommendation to City council for funding of eligible projectsDecember2021 to January 2022
Award grants and grant implementationFebruary 2022

2021-2022 Priorities and Major Projects by Focus Area

  1. Pursue Organizational Excellence
  2. Enhance Infrastructure and Mobility
  3. Foster Economic Opportunity and Affordability
  4. Strengthen Community Services & Quality of Life
  5. Support Healthy and Safe Communities
  6. Promote Sustainability & the Environment

Develop and Implement American Rescue Plan Funding and Programs (Council Priority - see above for more information)

The City of Denton will receive a total of $23.29 million from the federal government in ARP funds. City staff presented an initial presentation to Council in May, released a public survey in June, and presented proposed options for the first half of funding to Council on July 27. The second half of the funding will not be received until spring 2022. Following direction received from Council on July 29, staff is taking next steps to develop programs and methods to administer the funding and programs. To develop the programs, this will involve a substantial amount of time from Finance, Legal, CMO, Economic Development, Community Services, and the Fire Department to assist businesses, families, and individuals in the community.

Implement 311 System

A 311/Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system will handle the intake, routing and tracking of operational tasks across the City, and is anticipated to improve communication across departments and with residents and businesses regarding service requests and maintenance activities. Staff across the City are involved with this project as it will integrate work order systems across many operations and allow customers to experience consistent, positive customer service. Staff have evaluated the proposals, held interviews, and identified a sole finalist for a 311/CRM software vendor.  Staff is currently reviewing the contract and anticipate the contract for this service being brought to Council for consideration this summer.  Concurrently with the software purchase, staff has created an internal implementation team of subject matter experts to assist in the significant task of preparing the organization for and executing the system implementation.  Full implementation is expected to take approximately 12 months.

Develop Budget for FY21-22 and FY 22-23

City staff is working with Council and City leadership to set priorities for the development of the budget. Staff continues to seek feedback to develop a budget calendar that fulfills both new legal requirements and the priorities of the Council. The FY 21-22 budget will focus on providing excellent service to the citizens of Denton while being mindful of the financial burden many are carrying during a global pandemic. Staff is taking a collaborative and comprehensive approach to the development of the capital budget in particular. The capital budget will be itemized on a project specific level which will allow for greater transparency and accountability for all stakeholders. Staff will present a proposed budget this summer and schedule several work sessions to continuously seek and implement Council feedback before budget adoption this fall. The FY22/23 budget season kicks off in February 2023 and will continue through September 2023.

Continue Grants Management Improvements

In September 2020, the Grants Management Office (GMO) began to operate with Laura Behrens as the new Grant Administrator and Daniel Jones as the Grant Analyst.  GMO has drafted a policy and standard operation procedures (SOP) document with input from the Internal Auditor, Legal, Finance, Purchasing and several working groups.  The policy and SOP outline a process for grant management that includes the centralization of information, an internal approval process for new grants, and ongoing support for the administration of grants. 

GMO has begun to work with individual departments on the review of new grant proposals and the management of existing grants. A database and dashboard of current grants is being developed to track a grant’s status and progress for reporting. Training will be offered to staff on the new process and resources available for grant management. GMO is also working to identify a long-term record management solution for grants as well as creating webpages on both the City’s internal and external websites to share and highlight grant information.

Complete and Launch New Website

Public Affairs has launched the new website that is designed to increase the functionality and user experience, while allowing staff to more quickly update content to ensure that the most timely information is available to the Denton Community.

Continue to Evaluate Organizational Staffing and Benefits

Human Resources is consistently working to enhance benefits and staffing levels to provide a workforce that delivers outstanding services to Denton. In Fall 2021, HR will present options to the City Council regarding adding to the City Holiday schedule.