Below are frequently asked questions regarding the city budget and how it is implemented.
Once a budget is adopted, Council Members monitor program progress through periodic reports from the Administration. If programs are not effectively implementing policy decisions, revisions can be made. Take a more detailed look at the City’s budget process.
Budget Breakdown by Month
In mid-March, each department meets individually with the Mayor to present its budget needs.
The Mayor makes recommendations to the Council during a Council Meeting about how various federal grants should be used. The Council schedules a public hearing about the grants, and schedule briefings about them.
The Council holds a public hearing on federal grant programs and takes action on the proposal.
The Administration sends the Council its Enterprise Fund budgets (Airport and Public Utilities) and the Council begins its review. Since these two Departments operate with Advisory Boards, the budgets are prepared and reviewed earlier than the General Fund.
The Mayor presents his or her recommended budget during the first formal Council meeting in May.
In conjunction with the Mayor‘s presentation, the budget book outlining the full Mayor‘s Recommended Budget (all departments and funds), all related ordinances, and the Library‘s Budget are all also received in the Council Office on the first Tuesday in May, at which time a copy of the budget book is provided to the Council Members. The Council will adopt a Tentative Budget and set the Public Hearing dates for all items related to the annual budget (City & Library).
During May Work Sessions, each major department and fund is reviewed by the Council during Work Session briefings.
The Council holds public hearings about the budget in May.
The Council continues to discuss the budget in Work Session briefings and holds an additional public hearing. The Council typically adopts the budget by the third week of June.
Capital Improvement Program Plan
Consolidated Fee Schedule
Establishing a consolidated fee schedule transfers City fee provisions listed in numerous places in the City code into a single document organized by department and function. The Consolidated Fee Schedule does not include late fees, penalties/fines, refunds, waivers, and/or discounts. The primary intent of the consolidation is to make City fee information transparent and readily available to the public.
More information: Consolidated Fee Schedule
Truth in Taxation
When the amount of tax money a government agency collects remains the same from year to year, that agency is not required to notify the public. But if taxes are raised in order to collect more money than the previous year – or when taxes are raised to make up for revenue fluctuations – government agencies must hold a public hearing where residents can weigh-in.