Research & Budget DepartmentResearch & Budget Department

Financial Excellence. The Budget & Research Department is committed to maintaining a fiscally sound and sustainable financial plan and budget that reflects community values and resident priorities.

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​2020-21 City of Phoenix     Budget Process​​

Phoenix City Charter requires a balanced budget each year. The final balanced budget was approved by City Council on June 17. The Property Tax Adoption was approved by Council on July 1. View the Final Budget Adoption Forms.


City Manager's Final Budget Adoption 2020-21 (PDF)

Capital Improvement Program 2020-25 (PDF) 

Community Input

Community input is a valuable part of the budget process. Residents may submit comments by completing a Budget Feedback Form or by calling Budget and Research Department at (602) 262-4800. View the Community Budget Feedback Summaries.


Budget Feedback Form

City Council Meeting Participation


2018-19 Budget. We Want to Hear From You! Questions or Comments? Email: Phone: 602-262-4800. Follow #PhoenixBudget on Social Media 

Budget Awards

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Image of GFOA Budget Award



FundPHX digital ad 

FundPHX is an online tool that was launched in January 2020 designed to educate and engage the public in the City's annual budget process. The tool is available with the 2020-21 adopted budget in both English and Spanish and gives residents an opportunity to try their hand at balancing the City's $1.4 billion General Fund operating budget. It will also allow residents to provide feedback on current funding levels and share community priorities with staff. Information collected in the tool from residents will be shared regularly with City Council so it can help guide development of the 2021-22 operating budget.

Use the Playlist menu (upper left corner of video) to watch a specific Budget Hearing video.

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  • Maintain high bond ratings
  • Prioritize funding plans for critical infrastructure
  • Provide accurate and reliable forecasting
  • Maintain a transparent financial environment


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  • Expand community engagement effort to involve and educate the public on the budget process.  
  • Continue to improve economic forecasting by consulting with UofA which coordinates the State Forecasting Project.

Budget Timeline


August-February: Revenue and expenditure estimates are updated.

April: Public budget hearings are held and input is provided to Council.

May: City Manager's Budget presented and Council provides policy guidance.

June: Tentative and Final budgets are presented to Council and the 5-year Capital Improvement Program is adopted.

July: Council adopts the property tax rates and property tax levies specified in the budget.

Budget Ordinances, Summary Schedules & State Forms

Estimate of Revenue & Expenses (State Forms)

Budget Guide

Learn how City operations are funded and how tax dollars are spent. Explore all the City programs and services.     

Citywide Inventory of Programs (PDF)

​Budget Calendar



2021-22 Inventory of Programs (Zero-Based Budget) Inventory of Programs (Zero-Based Budget)Phoenix Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.2/9/2021 9:30:00 PM2/10/2021 12:00:00 AMGP0|#b8191dab-1b37-4552-a2cc-bb0cb05f34f5;L0|#0b8191dab-1b37-4552-a2cc-bb0cb05f34f5|Budget & Research;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b ​2021-22 Inventory of Programs (Zero-Based Budget) City Council Policy Sessions are conducted in the City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St. Live gavel-to-gavel coverage and videos of the City Council meetings are cablecast on Phoenix Channel 11 and online at ​ On the Thursday night prior to the meeting date, the agenda and Policy Session packet will be posted at https// For more info, please visit The meeting end time is an approximate end time.

​Frequently Asked Questions