It is the responsibility of the Mayor and his budget officer to provide a budget to the City Council on or before the first regularly scheduled Council meeting in May. The City Council then makes any changes and adjustments. The tentative budget is then given to the public for comments, and adjustments may be made as a result of public input before final passage. We have scheduled June 20th for the passage of the final budget. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for June 13th at 7:00 p.m.
The purpose of the budget is to provide the City Council with a management tool that identifies, proposes, and implements the policies and goals of the City. The budget is a financial plan carried out by line item activity budgets, with the City Manager and department heads being responsible for implementing and meeting the goals of the Mayor and Council by using the resources provided to them in a manner that efficiently and effectively meets those goals.
The budget process allows for a time when the public has an opportunity to voice its opinion on how the City should use its resources. Hereafter is the proposed budget (labeled “Original Budget) for the fiscal year 2021/2022, the actual totals for the current fiscal (2021 Budget) year as compared with budget, and the actual revenues and expenditures for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 fiscal years. The following budget narrative addresses key issues regarding the proposed 2021/2022 budget and the estimated totals of the current year’s budget. The narrative also gives a history of many of the decisions that have been made in prior years, which continue to affect the annual budgeting decisions that must be made. An example of this is bond obligation payments that must be budgeted for.