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Financial Goals for the City of Ithaca heading into 2015:
Increase / Maintain Fund Balance
Fund Balance needs to be 10-20% of operating revenues/expenses
Currently fund balance is 14.3% of expenditures
Allows for greater flexibility
Reduce debt load
Reduce reliance on debt (borrowing) for payment
Pay by cash where possible
Debt service is 12.8% of budget
Reduce tax burden on city taxpayers
Keep tax rate increases to a minimum
Assessment increases shifted to new construction and commercial
Proposed 2015 tax rate at $12.84 per $1,000 assessed value
Stay within State Property Tax Cap if possible
Continue to move operating expenses from borrowed capital funds to G/F
Every year move streets and road construction costs to operating
Every year move equipment acquisitions from capital to operating
We are reducing our reliance on borrowing for operating funds
Purchase more efficiently and economically
Use more state contract, cooperative purchasing and bidding
Restructure some city departments to produce operating efficiencies
Maximize revenues and minimize costs
Increase fees where applicable and lower costs


Budget Schedule


2015 Mayor's Proposed Budget

Mayor's Budget Message

Program Version of the 2015 Budget (REVISED 10/8/14)

Public Friendly Version of the 2015 Budget (REVISED 10/16/14)

Mayor's Budget Presentation (REVISED 10/6/14)

Budget Narratives submitted by Departments


Requests Above the Mayor's Budget

Department of Public Works - General Fund (3 requests)

Department of Public Works - Water and Sewer (1 request)

Fire Department (4 requests)

Human Services Coalition (1 request)

Planning, Building, Zoning, and Economic Development (2 requests)


Information Requests by Council

Map of DPW Divisions and Functional Units




Mayor's Budget Forum Presentation



2014 Final Budget:

2014 FINAL Budget

2014 FINAL Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Plant Budget

Departmental Consolidation Legislation

2014 Budget Narrative

2014 Mayor's Recommended Budget


2013 Final Budget:

2013 Adopted Program Budget

List of Changes made to the Mayor's Original Budget Proposal

2013 Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Plant Budget

2013 Budget Narrative

Departmental Consolidation Legislation

2013 Proposed Budget Presentation

Mayor's Budget Forum Presentation

2012 Final Budget:

2012 Program Budget
Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Plant Budget