Fiscal Year 2020 Budget (draft)

Fiscal Year 2020 Budget (in Development)

Each year the City adopts an annual budget which is an appropriation of public funds for the following Fiscal Year.  The City's Fiscal Year begins each year on July 1 and ends on June 30.  The budget is named for the year in which it ends.

Budget Development
By the time a Fiscal Year begins, the City is already looking ahead to budget for the following fiscal year.  See below under Adoption Process to learn how the City budget is considered and approved each year.

The City Council approves a schedule to develop the budget each year.

The first element of the budget to be developed is the Capital Improvement Program.  

The draft 2020-2029 Capital Improvement Program is available for review. 

This plan will be considered for approval by the City Council.  It contains projected financial expenditures and the revenues. It covers a 10-year span, planning for future projects and capital expenses.  This plan is organized by department and cost centers, similar to the Annual Budget, except for some areas such as Roadways, City Center, Open Space and Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements.  Each cost center, department or area is summarized by expenditure and revenue type, summarized by projects, and then detailed on an individual expense/project page.

Adoption Process

The City Manager presents the following Fiscal Year budget each winter to the City Council for consideration.  The City Council, over one or more meetings, will come to a decision regarding the budgets for the General Fund (all department costs) and for the Enterprise Funds (Sewer, Stormwater and Water). 

In an effort to minimize expenses, the budget booklet is not automatically mailed.  Instead, a card will be mailed to all voters with instructions on how to receive a book if they so desire.  The Budget will also be available online.  Voters may either go to City Hall to obtain a budget book or call 846-4107 to have a book mailed to them.  This budget book also contains the School District's Budget.  The South Burlington School District is a separate political and fiscal entity from the City. 

There will be an annual City meeting and a public hearing held on Monday, March 5, 2019, at Tuttle Middle School, the eve of Town meeting Day.  The budget is adopted when approved by the voters.