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City Releases FY 2012 Annual Report

Aug. 29, 2012              

       PORTSMOUTH - The City of Portsmouth Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Report is now available ( click here.), the Public Library and the City Clerk’s Office for the public to view, City Manager John Bohenko announced Wednesday.

“The Annual Report is designed to provide our citizens with a detailed look at their municipal government’s varied functions, the multitude of services we provide and our accomplishments between July 1, 2011, and this past June 30, 2012,” the City Manager said.  “I hope everyone will take some time to review this historical record of the past fiscal year.”

Here are just a few statistics from the City’s Annual Report for the period July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012:

  • The City Council held 21 regular meetings, 17 work sessions, one canvass of the vote, one public hearing on the budget over two evenings, and a retreat.
  • There were over 275,000 physical visits to the Library, more than 465,000 items circulated (books, videos, audio, magazines, etc.), over 33,000 reference questions answered, and 21,219 adults and children attended programs.
  • The Fire Department received 2,480 fire service calls and 3,026 calls for Emergency Medical Service. 
  • The Police Department recorded 40,228 calls for service, 1,137 arrests, made 5,232 motor vehicle stops and issued 402 traffic citations.
  •   Portsmouth has 21,869 restaurant seats, surpassing the city’s population of 21,233. Of these, 19,567 are indoors and 2,302 are outdoor or seasonal seats. A total of 18,428 are under liquor license.
  • The top three property taxpayers remained the same in 2012: Public Service Company of NH with an assessed value of $162,462,800; HCA Health Services of NH at $80,374,800; and TGM Beechstone LLC at $41,236,700.
  • There were 2,687 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12; the per pupil cost for Portsmouth students was $14,697.07; 24% of students were eligible for the federal free and reduced meals program; 15.5% were educationally disabled, and 2.5% received instruction in the English Speaking Other Languages (ESOL) program.
  • The City Clerk’s office issued 333 marriage licenses, 2,574 dog licenses and 4,823 certified vital records in FY12.
  • Over 1,200 children were enrolled in various youth recreation Center programs and sports; Spinnaker Point had 1,500 members; the Indoor Pool provided lessons to 1,500 children while 650 Portsmouth children received free lessons at the Outdoor Pool, which also hosted 26,000 visitors - averaging 443 per day -- for open swims.
  • The Inspection Department issued 866 building permits, up slightly from the previous year, but the declared construction value skyrocketed from $40.9 million to $105 million. In addition, 555 electrical and 763 plumbing/mechanical permits were issued for a total of 2,184permits issued.
  • The Public Works Department maintains, cleans and plows 136 miles of streets and maintains 75 miles of sidewalks, 16 City-owned bridges, nine playgrounds, 10 parks/ball fields, and four historic cemeteries.

 

 This is the eighth Annual Report published since the City Manager reinstated the practice of compiling the information in an Annual Report format in Fiscal Year 2005. Prior to that, nearly two decades had passed since the last City of Portsmouth Annual Report. However, the City has continued to produce its award-winning Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) following the end of each fiscal year. 

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