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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2019-20 Budget Development

On June 19, the 2019-20 City Council Budget Decision (PDF) and the 2019-24 Capital Improvement Program (PDF) was adopted at the Formal City Council meeting, which provided a balanced budget.

Building on the Trial Budget (PDF) presented on March 19, the budget adds additional elements that follow the City Council and community's priorities gathered at the 20 citywide community budget hearings.

The 2019-20 annual budget preserves existing city services and makes significant investments in Public Safety, Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization, Community Services , Infrastructure Maintenance, Census 2020 and employee compensation.

View budget ordinances, summary schedules and state forms  

Estimate of Revenue & Expenses (State Forms)


Trial Budget & Community Input

Budget and Research held 20 Community Budget Hearings around Phoenix from April 2- 18 to present the City Manager's Trial Budget to the community and gather public feedback and input. This feedback was taken into consideration by the City Council and City Manager to develop the budget for the new year. 

Watch videos and view the hearing minutes

City Manager's Proposed Trial Budget (PDF)

2019-20 Trial Budget Summary Booklet in English (PDF)

Spanish: Presupuesto de Phoenix para revisión comunitaria (PDF)

Watch videos from each budget hearing

2019-20 Budget Hearings Summary Minutes (PDF)

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

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Current Budget Books & Reports


  • 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.

2019-20 Budget Adoption Calendar (PDF)

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



Preliminary 2020-21 Budget Status and 5-Year General Fund Forecast Presentation 2020-21 Budget Status and 5-Year General Fund Forecast Presentation City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.3/3/2020 9:30:00 PM3/4/2020 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 At the March 3, 2020 City Council Policy Session, staff presents the Preliminary 2020-21 Budget Status and 5-Year General Fund Forecast. The report transmits the preliminary status for the General Fund (GF) fiscal year (FY) 2020-21 budget and a five-year GF forecast through FY 2024-25. The 5-year forecast is presented to the Mayor and City Council for the ninth consecutive year and provides an essential tool in long-term budget discussions and decision making. The report is available on the City Council Meeting website under March 3, 2020, Policy Session under the following link https// City Council Policy Sessions are conducted in the City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St. Live coverage and videos of the City Council meetings are cablecast on Phoenix Channel 11 and online at ​ For more info, please visit The meeting end time is an approximate end time.
City Manager's Trial Budget & Preliminary Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Manager's Trial Budget & Preliminary Capital Improvement Program (CIP)City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.3/17/2020 9:30:00 PM3/18/2020 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 The City Manager is scheduled to present the 2020-21 City Manager's Trial Budget for Phoenix City Counciil consideration. The Preliminary Five-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) will also be presented. The City Council Reports can be found on the City Council Meetings page two Thursdays before the City Council meeting date. Start and end times are estimated.
Community Budget Hearing Budget HearingTBD4/1/2020 7:00:00 AM4/30/2020 7:00:00 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 ​Residents are invited to attend community hearings to discuss the City Manager’s Trial Budget before final decisions are made. At the hearings, residents will have an opportunity to comment and make suggestions. Phoenix City Council members and staff from the City Manager's Office, Budget and Research Department, and other city departments will be available to answer questions. This public discussion is among the reasons the city's budget so closely matches the community's highest priorities each fiscal year. Residents may review and submit comments the 2020-21 proposed budget at the city’s website at For more information, alternative formats of the proposed budget, or reasonable accommodations, please email or call 602-262-4800, TTY please use 7 - 1 - 1. Meeting end time is estimated.

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