​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ FundPHX: The Dollars and Sense in Phoenix's Budget​​​​​ FundPHX: The Dollars and Sense in Phoenix's Budget

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On Tuesday May, 19, 2020 the City Council is expected to take action on the proposed fiscal year 2020-21 budget, that starts July 1. The proposed budget is a balanced budget however we are closely monitoring the negative impact that COVID-19 is having on City revenues. In case mid-year adjustments to the 2020-21 budget are needed, Budget and Research staff is working to update the FundPHX tool to include a list of the potential mid-year budget reductions that will be considered by City Council and the Community. Residents will be able to provide feedback on FundPhx again starting in June, to support any community budget hearings that may be necessary to discuss potential budget reductions.

 Learn about FundPHX

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​​​​​​Dive Deep Into Phoenix's Annual Budget

​An essential part of planning for the city of Phoenix is the ​development of its annual budget every year. The more than $1.4 billion General Fund operating budget includes everything from police and fire services, to parks, libraries, and senior services.

With a budget that size​​​, supporting the fifth largest ​city in the country and 1.7 million residents, it can be a challenge to understand everything that goes in to the services you receive. To help residents better understand how our budget is created, the Budget & Research Department has added a new tool to gather feedback and help you see what makes Phoenix run. 

Called FundPHX this software lets you see for yourself what each service costs, and how much it would cost (or save) when you change service levels. You can explore the tool on your own below.​​​

Try the Tool!​ ​

You can dive in right now, to see how the budgeting tool works! Review the in-site help dialogue to get tips on how to use and adjust line items. The tool is an external link.

Try the Phoenix Balanced Budget Tool
 

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Budget In Your Neighborhood

The city of Phoenix will be hosting community meetings to teach residents about how to use the budgeting tool and to give hands-on assistance in ​providing feedback with Budget & Research Department staff.

If you would like a presentation on the budget tool to your community group, please contact us at 602-262-4800, or via e-mail at budget.reseach@phoenix.gov.

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Feedback​​​​

We welcome your comments, please email budget.research@phoenix.gov. When you submit an email it falls under the city's policy which states that the email message is: (1) subject to public disclosure under the Public Records Law, (2) is not private or confidential and (3) is retained for 90 days. You may access internet-enabled computers for free at any Phoenix Public Library location.


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Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)​​​​

The following list has been compiled to answer questions about the city's new budget feedback process and tool. For additional questions and/or ​​comments, contact 
budget.research@ph​oenix.gov. ​​​


Question 1: Why have you added this new budget tool?

Answer: The city of Phoenix is known for one of the most transparent and participatory budgeting processes in the country. Over the years, staff has looked for ways to include more people in the budgeting process, especially those who are not able to attend the city's budget hearings. This tool allows people to participate at their own pace, on their own schedule, in conjunction with the city's traditional budget process.

Question 2: Why does the budget tool only let you change General Fund line items?

Answer: The city's budget is made up of several kinds of funds, including General Funds, Enterprise Funds, and Special Revenue Funds. Both Enterprise and Special Revenue Funds are required to be devoted to specific purposes or programs, usually by ordinance. General Funds are used by all other city departments and can be allocated to a variety of purposes.

Question 3: What information will the tool provide me?

Answer: The tool is loaded with General Fund budgets for departments or city functions. Each of those areas is also linked to the city's Inventory of Programs, which provides more detail on a department- and program-specific level. 

Question 4: I've submitted recommendations through the tool, what happens next?

Answer: Submissions into the tool are compiled on a monthly basis and shared with the City Council, and department and city management, to help guide the budgeting process.

Question 5: I'd like to learn more about the city's budget process, where can I find more information?

Answer: The city's current budget documents, budget calendar, and an archive of previous budget publications is available online at phoenix.gov/budget​.

Question 6: I don't want to use the tool, how can I still provide feedback?

Answer: The city's budget process will continue to include budget hearings in the spring of 2020. A schedule will be published in March as part of the City Manager's Trial Budget. 


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