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2020 City Budget
Overview
After holding six budget work sessions in October and November on Mayor Mary Lou Pauly's proposed 2020 budget, the council adopted a final budget Nov. 19, 2019.   

City Council Changes to the Proposed Budget
The City Council carefully considered the 2020 proposed budget, and ultimately decided on a series of changes, including:   
  • Lowering the proposed utility tax rate increase on City-operated utilities and cable from 6 percent to 3 percent. 
  • Lowering the proposed increase on Senior Gold Pass from $120 per year to $60 per year for residents, and $144 per year to $72 per year for non-residents. 
  • Restoring funding to allow the community center and swimming pool to maintain 2019 hours of operation. 
  • Restoring funding for community grants and contracts for service, adding back $69,775 and $26,854, respectively. 
  • Adding funds to support the integration of Strategic Plan environmental objectives into work on Title 18. 
  • Making a modest draw on fund balance – $196,211 – to partially support work on the City Service Assessment.   
  • Collectively, these changes, along with other cost-saving measures identified during deliberations, result in a $143,099,680 million budget for 2020, including $49,849,234 in the General Fund.  
 
Additional Policy Direction 
In addition to these monetary changes to the budget, the City Council directed the Administration to follow-up on a number of policy priorities in 2020, including:
  • Develop a financial assistance program to help mitigate the impacts of increases tax rates for low income residents, including utility rates and cemetery fees.
  • Report back to the City Council as work unfolds on the Munis reimplementation project.
  • Present to the City Council the Administration’s proposed scope for the City Services Assessment.
  • Explore ways to expand shifting credit card merchant fees to the customers using credit cards. 
  • Build on work completed in 2019 to implement the salary recommendations made in the recently completed classification and compensation study, and identify strategies for implementing the total compensation elements of the study. 
  • Explore selling Tibbets Creek Manor and developing an overarching strategy for other City surplus property.

Full Schedule

Date  Event 
Sept. 24

6 p.m.

City Council Special Meeting

Mayor's Presentation: Budget officially presented to the City Council and the community, and filed with the City Clerk.                    
   
Oct. 7
 
6 p.m.

City Council Regular Meeting

Set Public Hearing: Levy and Revenue Sources


Oct. 7


7:15 p.m.
 
City Council Budget Study Session

Budget Review - Staff Presentations
Oct. 8

6:30 p.m.

City Council Budget Study Session

Budget Review - Staff Presentations

Oct. 14

7:00 p.m.

City Council Budget Study Session

Budget Review - Dept. Presentations
           
Oct. 21

7 p.m. 

City Council Regular Meeting

Public Hearing:
  • Preliminary Budget (including Salary Ordinance)
  • Levy and Revenue Sources 
               
Oct. 23

6:30 p.m.

City Council Budget Study Session 

Budget Deliberations
                              
Oct. 28
                6:30 p.m.


Budget Deliberations
          
Nov. 4 

7 p.m.

City Council Regular Meeting
           
Proposed Adoption: Levy and Revenue Sources

Introduction:
  • Revenue Sources - Parks Fees
  • Revenue Sources - Utility Taxes 
                              
 
Nov. 6

6:30 p.m.

City Council Budget Study Session

Final Deliberations
 
Nov. 18

7 p.m.


City Council Regular Meeting

Public Hearing: Final Budget

Proposed Adoption:
  • Revenue Sources - Parks Fees 
  • Revenue Sources - Utility Tax
  • Interfund Loan for SE 43rd Signalization Project
  • Authority to Declare Intent to Reimburse with Future Bond Proceeds
  • Final Budget