What is the budget process?

The budget process begins in December with City Council and management work sessions. City departments and agencies start in January and conclude their budget development in late February with their submission of budget requests to Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 

Around mid-April, the city manager releases the Preliminary Budget and Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan for the ensuing fiscal year. This is followed by a period of public comment during which, the community and City Council make recommendations on the budget to the city manager. The City Manager then submits the Final Operating and Capital Improvement Plan Budget to the City Council on or around the first business week of May.

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1. What does Office of Management and Budget (OMB) do?
2. What is a "Fiscal Year" (FY) and when does it begin and end?
3. What is the budget process?
4. What is the difference between the capital budget and the operating budget?
5. How do I get involved or learn about the budget before it’s adopted?
6. What does it mean to “adopt the budget”?
7. Where does the city’s revenue come from?
8. What is an expenditure?
9. What are infrastructure and capital improvements?
10. What is meant by “budget appropriation”?
11. What is a budget adjustment?
12. What is a budget transfer?
13. What is carryover?
14. What is a full-time equivalent position (FTE)?
15. What are user charges?
16. How do I obtain a copy of the Fiscal Year Operating (includes the Message of City Manager) and Capital Improvement Plan Budget?