Budget Development

City staff members were selected to serve on teams for each of the City's Priorities -- Economy, Education, Good Government, Human Services, Infrastructure, Livability, and Safety. The Priority Teams began their work during the week of January 23rd.  Their goals were to rank the budget request offers in order of importance and to provide funding recommendations to the Budget Committee.  The rankings were completed as of Friday, February 17th.  The teams have begun discussing their funding recommendations with the Budget Committee with the goal to complete that process by March 9th.  In addition, budget workshops will be held with Department Directors on March 17th and 24th.  Funding requests from the City's outside agency partners have been received and will be reviewed by the Budget Committee as well.  To date, three briefings have been held with Council on the FY2018 budget development process -- January 3rd, February 6th, and March 6th.  The next session is scheduled for April 3rd.

At present, tax revenues for FY2018 are projected to be 0.9% or approximately $2.4 million less than the FY2017 adopted budget.  Even with departmental budget requests submitted at a lower dollar amount than FY2017 levels, an initial shortfall of $6.4 million dollars exists.  It will be particularly challenging for the Priority Teams, the Directors, and the Budget Committee to close this gap as they work together to submit a balanced budget to City Council by April 17th for the upcoming year. 
  1. FY2018
  2. FY2017
  3. FY2016

Important Dates, Presentations and Official Documents

  • September 23, 2016: City Council Strategic Planning Retreat (pdf)
  • November 21, 2016: City Leadership Kickoff meeting and Budget System becomes available (for City Directors and Staff only)
  • December 1, 2016 9:00 AM City Council Chambers: Outside Agency mandatory instructional meeting
  • December 5, 2016: Priority Indicators and Performance Measure Document (pdf) available (shows FY 2016 results)
  • December 5, 2016: City Council adopts the Budget Calendar (pdf)
  • December 8, 2016 United Way's e-cimpact System Open to Outside Agencies
  • January 3, 2017: City Council Briefing (pdf)
  • January 23, 2017: Priority Teams and Budget Committee begin work
  • January 26, 2017: Outside Agency applications due at noon.
  • February 6, 2017: City Council Briefing (pdf)
  • March 6, 2017: City Council Briefing (pdf) and Budget Working Document (pdf) completed
  • April 3, 2017: City Council Briefing
  • April 17, 2017: Recommended Budget presentation to City Council and Recommended Budget Document is available.
  • April 27, 2017: Public Hearing
  • May 1, 2017: Budget Study
  • May 15, 2017: Budget Adoption
  • June 19, 2017: Adopted Budget Document including the Capital Improvement Program is available