Lucinda Babers, Director
Department of Motor Vehicles
Committee on Transportation and the Environment
Mary Cheh, Chairperson
Friday, April 12, 2013
11:00 am – Room 412
The Wilson Building
Good afternoon Chairman Cheh and staff, I am Lucinda Babers the Director of the District’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). I am pleased to testify before you today on Mayor Gray’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget and confidently share that DMV’s FY 2014 proposed budget fully addresses the agency’s funding needs . To support the continued growth of the District of Columbia, Mayor Gray’s FY 2014 Budget submission focuses on three priorities: (1) growing and diversifying the economy; (2) educating our children and preparing our workforce for a new economy; and (3) improving the quality of life for all residents. I am joined today by Kimberly Borges, the Agency Fiscal Officer.
Prior to all of my hearings, I like to extend a special thanks to the men and women in the department whose dedication and efforts make it possible for us to service the customers of the District. I am delighted to call such dedicated individuals my “co-workers” and thank them for allowing me to be a part of Team DMV.
The FY14 proposed budget continues to support our Department’s mission to provide excellent customer service and to promote public safety by ensuring the safe operation of motor vehicles. DMV provides service to approximately 506,000 licensed drivers/identification card holders and 284,000 registered vehicles at three service centers. We provide adjudication services and collect ticket payments for more than 3 million tickets each year. We also conduct over 191,000 annual vehicle inspections. DMV interacts with DC residents and non-residents, with an average of 3,200 daily customer contacts, more than almost any other District government agency.
DMV has seven divisions comprising our FY14 proposed budget of $43.3 million. This represents a 15.7% increase from the FY13 budget. The FY14 proposed budget also increases our FTE level from 223 to 257. The DMV’s proposed FY14 $43.3 million budget is composed of the following fund amounts: $27.6 million in local funds which include 212 FTEs, $9.5 million in special purpose revenue funds which include 45 FTEs and $6.2 million in Intra-District funds.
To arrive at our FY14 Current Services Funding Level, there were several across the board measures taken. This included removing the one-time cost of $100,000 which was provided in FY13 for technology enhancements for tax offsets for ticket debt. There were additional adjustments in the amount of $697,000 to account for such things as inflation and fringe benefits.
The proposed FY14 budget contains an overall $281,000 decrease in special purpose funds. This decrease is mainly a reflection of a lower inspection station fund revenue projection which resulted in the need to reallocate some costs to the local fund. It should be noted that all Inspection Station costs are fully covered by the inspection station fund. There is also an increase of $2.9 million in the Metropolitan Police Department’s intra-district transfer to DMV for ticket processing related to increased photo enforcement. It should be noted MPD increased its FY13 intra-district to account for increased photo enforcement activities. Overall, the FY14 proposed DMV budget will allow us to meet our operational responsibilities.
DMV’s FY14 proposed budget acknowledges that, due to the District’s increasing population, it is necessary to open a fourth service center location. Therefore, $2.7 million and 34 FTES are included to support a new Georgetown Service Center. Although this additional location will provide some increased capacity, we do continue to encourage customers to increase their use of over 40 online services to reduce customer volume at all of our locations. For those without online access, which is also available at all DC public libraries, most services can also be completed by mail.
We appreciate the support we’ve received from the Council and under your leadership, this Committee and your staff. We look forward to continuing our efforts to maximize efficiencies to improve the quality of service to the District of Columbia. It would be our pleasure to respond to any questions you may have.