Community Budget Hearings

City Manager's Proposed Budget

On May 17, the City Council approved the final 2016-17 City Manager's Proposed Budget (PDF), which provides a balanced budget, improves city services, and advances the hiring of police officers and firefighters.  It also includes an increase in property tax revenues to close the debt service gap, a 4.2% employee compensation restoration over three years (2.9% in set aside), and other service restorations and additions.  The 2016-17 budget totals $3.96 billion citywide, including $1.22 billion in the General Fund. 

The City Charter and State Law require subsequent Notice of Public Hearings & 2016-17 Summary Schedules (PDF), advertising, and legal Council actions.  The schedule is as follows:

  • June 1:  Formal meeting:  public hearing, adoption of tentative budget ordinances and five-year capital improvement program resolution
  • June 15:  Formal meeting:  second public hearing and adoption of formal budget ordinances
  • July 1:  Formal meeting:  adoption of property tax levy ordinance.

2016 Community Budget Hearings​

From March 28 through April 19, residents were invited to attend Community Budget Hearings (PDF) to provide input on the proposed budget.  Please see below to watch the Trial Budget video and hearing videos.  Download summary hearing minutes (PDF).  Based on input received at the hearings, the City Manager presented the 2016-17 City Manager's Proposed Budget (PDF) on May 3 for Council consideration.

City Manager's Trial Budget

A balanced Trial Budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 was presented at the March 22 Policy Session. Download the City Manager’s Trial Budget (PDF).

Trial Budget Summary BookletTrial Budget Summary Booklet

This 28-page booklet contains both general and detailed information about the Trial Budget. It was available at the Community Budget Hearings. You may download the Trial Budget Summary Booklet (PDF).
En español Folleto de resumen del Presupuesto de Prueba (PDF).

Watch Trial Budget Video

Watch Trial Budget Video

Watch a 16-minute video presented at the Community Budget Hearings or Watch & Comment on YouTube. You may also watch videos from each hearing on the City's YouTube Channel.    

Budget & Research

The Budget & Research Department is committed to helping residents understand how their tax dollars are allocated. We make information transparent and easy to understand. The community is invited to be involved in the budget process. Explore this site to learn more about the city's budget process, and how to participate.

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Five-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

The approved 2016-21 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) book is now available (PDF).  The five-year program totals $3.5 billion, with a $1.27 billion program for 2016-17, representing significant city investment in infrastructure.

​Inventory of Programs

The Zero-Based Inventory of Programs budget document was created in response to the City Council’s request for a more transparent, relevant and detailed presentation of the City’s budget. The information facilitates a more informed and transparent review of costs for city programs. The Inventory of Programs (PDF) outlines costs, revenue, staffing levels, funding source, performance measures, and other key budget detail for the more than 400 programs citywide.

General Fund Revenue

For the most recent revenue update refer to the General Fun​d Revenue Report (PDF). For additional budget related documents refer to the Reports Section.​​

​Frequently Asked Questions



How much is budgeted for a city program?24 much is budgeted for a city program?
How much is spent on staffing costs?35 much is spent on staffing costs?
Where can I find detailed budget documents?37 can I find detailed budget documents?/budget/annualbudget
What is the definition of Preliminary Budget?40 is the definition of Preliminary Budget?/budget/glossary
How do I participate in the budget process?39 do I participate in the budget process?/calendar/budget

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