Planning Already Underway for FY2017 City Budget

Just as we are ushering in a new year, work is already underway in developing the city’s next annual budget.

The city’s budget operates on a fiscal year (FY) calendar from July 1 through June 30. Thus, the city’s FY2017 budget will begin on July 1, 2016 and run through June 30, 2017. It will take the next six months to discuss, draft, finalize and adopt the new budget.

For the City Council, the budget season starts at the next Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 2. This is when representatives from Surprise’s Finance Department make their first in a series of presentations regarding the development of the FY2017 budget.

The presentation on February 2 will focus on reviewing the major revenue sources, such as city sales tax, state-shared revenues and licenses/fees, which make up the City’s General Fund. The discussion will cover the external forces and local choices that will impact resources available in building next year’s budget.

The information presented at the Council meeting will lead to future budget discussions and assist my Council colleagues and I in making informed decisions about future operations.

The overall goal of the FY2017 budget will be to continue providing quality City services, while also providing the resources necessary to continue supporting critical City services that residents depend on.

With the budget development process just beginning, it’s a great time for residents to get involved in helping shape their community. Your participation is not only appreciated, it’s also encouraged.

New Grant Funds Available to Neighborhoods
Neighborhood groups are now eligible to obtain small grants to pay for neighborhood functions and even some improvements. The Council designated $10,000 to support the new grant program. The deadline to submit a grant application is February 26.

The City is holding an informational meeting this Saturday, January 30 so residents can obtain more information on the new grant program as well as get their questions answered. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. in the Council Overflow Room at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

For more information, visit Neighborhood Grant Program or call Jodi Tas at 623.222.1330.