Case Study: Mayor Spark

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[. . .] Labor costs would increase only $30,000 over the state minimum while still remaining almost $100,000 below the 6:1 level.

Negotiations with Mr. Legato, leader of the employees union produced a commitment to contribute one dollar per child, per day of enrolled union members. Nearly 70% of the children enrolled are expected to be apart of union families contributing over $30,000 to the program per year offsetting the additional cost of labor to maintain the 7:1 ratio. Food and supplies for the children is estimated to cost $200,000 per year ($134,000 and $67,000, respectively). Food includes daytime snacks and a nutritional lunch and adds only $3 per child, per day. Supplies include markers, crayons, and other educational materials adding only $1.50 per child, per day.

Without any additional funding for the program it is expected to operate at a deficit of $18,000 for year one and over $100,000 for future years. Rather than ask the city for any additional funding (Northville is already graciously donating space for the daycare as well as forgoing the cost of utilities, estimated at $24,000) the initiative proposes approaching local small businesses and corporations to offset the cost of supplies. A meager $.50 per child, per day would raise over $24,000 for the daycare program making it fiscally solvent and operating in the positive through year one. A contribution of $1 per child, per day, would raise nearly $50,000 for the program. Companies such as Crayola® are constantly seeking ways to introduce their products to children providing an excellent opportunity for corporate sponsorship. Additional companies could be approached to cover the costs of food and drinks for the children. Estimates suggest that raising $2 per child, per day is not only feasible but would almost completely fund the program through year two.

Mayor Spark, while the financial crisis has severely damaged the public sector's ability to fund social programs, complete abandonment of the tools to create a shape better future serves only to do further harm. By finding creative and alternative ways to fund the programs we need most dearly, we are protecting and securing a better future for the generations to come. This proposal for daycare services requires very little commitment from the city's already stretched budget while providing immense relief to Northville municipal employees. The tangible benefits of reduced tardiness and absenteeism pale in comparison to the intangible benefits of safety, security, and trust in the local government. Let us use this opportunity to sow the seeds of a better tomorrow.

Northville Daycare

2011 Annual Budget Baseline

Jan-11

Feb-11

Apr-11

May-11

Jun-11

Jul-11

Aug-11

Oct-11

Nov-11

Dec-11

Total

# of Children

# of Caregivers

20

22

24

27

29

31

32

34

36

37

39

41

41

REVENUE

Jan-11

Feb-11

Apr-11

May-11

Jun-11

Jul-11

Aug-11

Oct-11

Nov-11

Dec-11

Total

State Grant

7,500

7,500

7,500

7,500

7,500

7,500

7,500

7,500

7,500

7,500

7,500

7,500

90,000

City Contribution (in-kind)

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

24,000

Union Subsidy

1,680

1,848

2,033

2,236

2,460

2,583

2,712

2,847

2,990

3,139

3,296

3,461

31,285

Tuition

24,000

26,400

29,040

31,944

35,138

36,895

38,740

40,677

42,711

44,846

47,089

49,443

446,924

Total Revenue

35,180

37,748

40,573

43,680

47,098

48,978

50,952

53,024

55,201

57,486

59,885

62,404

592,209

EXPENSE

Salaries and Wages

24,500

26,580

28,868

31,385

34,153

35,676

37,275

38,953

40,716

42,567

44,510

46,551

431,734

Benefits

6,502

7,062

7,678

8,355

9,100

9,510

9,941

10,393

10,867

11,365

11,888

12,438

115,098

Food

7,200

7,920

8,712

9,583

10,542

11,069

11,622

12,203

12,813

13,454

14,127

14,833

134,077

Rent and Utilities

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

24,000

Supplies

3,600

3,960

4,356

4,792

5,271

5,534

5,811

6,102

6,407

6,727

7,063

7,416

67,039

Equipment

0

6,361

Inspection

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Training

4,000

8,241

Total Expense

47,802

48,522

52,714

57,325

62,397

64,521

67,417

70,458

73,651

77,003

80,523

84,719

787,050

Net Income / (Loss)

(12,622)

(10,774)

(12,141)

(13,645)

(15,299)

(15,543)

(16,465)

(17,433)

(18,450)

(19,517)

(20,638)

(22,315)

(194,841)

Northville Daycare

2011 Annual Budget 8:1 ratio

Jan-11

Feb-11

Apr-11

May-11

Jun-11

Jul-11

Aug-11

Oct-11

Nov-11

Dec-11

Total

# of Children

# of Caregivers

15

17

18

20

22

23

24

25

27

28

29

31

31

REVENUE

Jan-11

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