The Budget is the culmination of over four months of work and consideration by many individuals. Beginning in June, City Department Directors are asked to prepare estimates of anticipated expenditures for the coming year. During this time period, the Finance Department begins the process of estimating year-end expenditure levels and projecting revenues for the ensuing 12 months.
The Mayor and administrative staff work to organize all requests into the proper funds and within the resources estimated to be available. By the beginning of July, the Preliminary Budget is submitted to the City Council for review and comment. The Council then conducts a budget workshop and, later, a public hearing to gather additional information and public input. Finally, a balanced and complete budget for the ensuing year is adopted generally at the first meeting in September. The City operates on a Fiscal Year from October 1 to September 30. This adopted budget, together with any required amendments, serves to guide City department expenditure levels and major activities throughout the year.