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

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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.

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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 email budget.research@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.


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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 Citywide Inventory of Programs, which provides more detail by department and at department 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​.


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