The Finance Department coordinates the collaboration of all City departments to develop the City’s budget. The City currently prepares annual operating budgets for: the General Fund, Debt Service Funds, Special Revenue Funds, and the Public Utility Funds (Water and Sanitary Sewer). The city also prepares a five-year Capital Improvement Plan.
The budget process typically begins in May with individual departments preparing their budget requests. Numerous public meetings are held between then and September where the City staff and City Council will discuss and review the budgetary requests. In September, the City Council adopts a preliminary budget and property tax levy. Public meetings again are used for further discussion and review of the budget before the City Council adopts the final budgets and property tax levy in December.