The preparation of the 2021 budget will be more challenging than ever due to the historic decrease in revenue as a result of the financial impacts of the Covid19 pandemic. We are also aware that the public has expressed an overwhelming interest in providing feedback on funding allocations to our Police Department, Youth Services and other community focused programs.
The City has prepared a short document to give you some basics on the revenues, expenses, and expected budget shortfall. We have also broken down in more detail how we fund the Police Department as well as several youth and community focused programs.
The Mayor spends the summer months developing the City Budget that will be presented at the October 2020 Common Council meeting. He is seeking input from the community not only on how to allocate resources, but how to plan for the significant shortfall that is anticipated due to the loss of sales tax and other revenues.
Please take the time to review the Budget Basics document for some background before you complete the 2021 Budget Survey. The budget survey link is embedded at the end of the Budget Basics document found at the link below.
This is only the first of several opportunities the public will have to provide input and feedback on the 2021 Budget Process.