Fiscal Year 2018-19 Operating and Capital Budget Planning

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Community Priorities
As preparations begin to develop the FY 2018-19 budget, resident input is again needed. The Municipal Budget office has posted an open topic questionnaire titled “Community Priorities for Upcoming Budget Cycle” online at Tempe Forum is an online program to solicit resident input and feedback on various community related topics. This is your opportunity to emphasize which City programs and services are most important to you. In this forum, you are asked to pick which services you would prioritize by spending a “theoretical” $100 among the services listed. You can distribute the funds evenly, or you can spend all your ‘money’ in one area. In addition, you may add comments about the questionnaire or city services.

The forum will assist City Officials in gauging public interest and priorities as they begin preparing the FY 2018-19 budget. Tempe Forum continues the City’s efforts to expand its online presence to provide more opportunities for resident interaction and engagement.

2018-19 Budget Development Scheduled Public Meetings 
      CAPITAL BUDGET                       OPERATING BUDGET
    Introduction of All Proposed Projects 
 Updated Long-Range Forecast            
Public Forum* 
 Public Forum*
Present Prioritized Projects 
Budget Review Session 
 Budget Review Session
Public Hearing/Tentative Budget Adoption 
 Public Hearing/Tentative Budget Adoption
Public Hearing/Final Adoption
 Public Hearing/Final Adoption

All public meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth Street.  Agendas for all of these meetings will be available several days before each meeting. Visit the City Clerk's site for meeting times and additional information.

*The Public Forum will be held at 6:00pm in the Tempe History Museum Community Room located at 809 E. Southern Avenue.

FY 2018-19 Budget Planning Process
February 15
6:00 p.m. Work Study Session
Long-Range Financial Forecast
Introduction of Fiscal Year 2018-19 Capital Improvements Program Requests
February 21   
6:00 p.m. Public Budget Forum (presentation)
March 22

4:00 p.m. Work Study Session
     Recommended Fiscal Year 2018-19 Capital Improvements Program

April 19
4:00 p.m. Work Study Session
     Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget Review Session

May 17
6:00 p.m. Special Budget Meeting
     Fiscal Year 2018-19 Tentative Budget Adoption

June 07
6:00 p.m. Special Budget Meeting Agenda
     Fiscal Year 2018-19 through 2022-23 Capital Improvements Program,
     Truth in Taxation, Fiscal Year 2018-19 Property Tax (first public hearing),
     Fiscal Year 2018-19 Annual Budget (final adoption)                                  

June 28
6:00 p.m. Special Budget Meeting Agenda:  Fiscal Year 2018-19 Final Property Tax Levy Adoption (second hearing)


The City of Tempe has begun the process of kicking off its operating and capital budgets for the 2018-19 fiscal year. These budgets will not be finalized until June 2018, but the work is starting early to ensure plenty of time to plan, solicit community input, and work with city employees. The City also is examining revenue and expense projections for the next five years. The financial forecast provides a long-term view of how current year budget discussions will impact the City’s future finances, and is consistent with the City Council’s stated priority of maintaining long-term financial sustainability and vitality.

There are two separate aspects of the budget: operating budgets like the General Fund, Transit Fund, Golf Fund and others that pay for day-to-day operations, and the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) which uses secondary property taxes to repay bonds that fund repair and construction projects. Each year, the City Council sets both of these budgets.

Operating Budget
At their summer 2017 retreat, the City Council met and identified key strategic priorities that will provide the direction and framework for the next year’s budget.  Budget staff has prepared the fall financial forecast to identify challenges and opportunities and elicit City Council direction very early to prioritize and implement significant budget changes.  Tempe is looking at ways to limit rising compensation growth as personnel costs are the greatest expense in any service oriented organization.  With the City Council’s guidance, City Manager Andrew Ching will begin working with employees on this issue.  Residents are encouraged to provide input to their policy makers.

Capital Improvements Program (CIP)
Although capital projects are scheduled throughout a five-year plan, only those projects during the first year of the plan are financed and adopted as part of the City’s annual budget.  The remaining years serve as a guide for future planning and are subject to annual review and modification.  The City Council will continue to implement its policy to keep the total property tax bill, also known as the property tax levy, on existing properties relatively constant from year to year. The policy mandates no increases to the annual levy on existing properties by more than the Consumer Price Index (West Region) rate of inflation. 

Discussions will begin early in 2018 with the City Council and community members about priorities for capital projects.

2017-18 Annual Budget Document (Operating and Capital)

Long-Range Forecast 11.02.17

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