The Finance Department prepares the City’s annual operating budget and its five-year Capital Improvement Plan. The budget preparation process typically begins in February as the city’s management team and the City Commission meet to set goals and objectives for the coming fiscal year. Over the next several weeks, staff prepares a proposed budget which is typically released in mid-June.
The proposed budget is reviewed by a five-member Budget Review Committee (BRC) which is composed of resident volunteers. The BRC makes recommendations on the budget to the City Commission, which holds a series of budget workshops in July and August to solicit public comments on the proposed budget. The budget is formally adopted in September at the second of two formal public budget hearings. All meetings of the BRC and the City Commission are open public meetings, and comments from the public are always welcome.
The City is pleased to have been awarded the national Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the FY21-22 Budget. This is the third year the City has received this award which is the highest award in governmental budgeting. It is presented to those government units whose budgets are judged to adhere to strict GFOA budgeting standards and criteria.