Priority Driven Budget

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History & Current Status

On February 1, 2005, the City Council voted to rollover the 2004-05 budget into 2005-06 and devote the next year to developing the 2006-07 budget from the ground up. This comprehensive approach to build a Priority Driven Budget is necessary in order to solve a $2.9 million budget shortfall, and bring the City's revenues and expenses back into balance.

In early September, the City mailed all residents and local businesses a survey as Phase I of Your City/Your Decision. The purpose of the survey was to provide the City Council with the community's views about service levels, fees and taxes. More than 1600 surveys were returned. (Phase I Report: Survey Results) The City has used the survey responses to develop specific strategies which give different options for balancing the budget.

On February 9, 11 and 15 the City hosted a series of interactive community workshops to get input on which of these options should be part of the budget solution. Links to workshop agendas and materials are in the lower portion of the column to the right. (Phase II Report: Workshop Results) An estimated 225 people participated in the workshops. A report summarizing workshop results will be presented to the Budget Advisory Committee on March 16th, and to the City Council on March 28th.


In late March 2005, the City issued an invitation to residents to serve on a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). The Committee's role is to provide input into the City's 2006-07 budget and facilitate community involvement in the process. On April 19, 2005 the City Council appointed all 15 applicants who had applied by the April 13th deadline.

The schedule of BAC meetings so far is:

Jun 08, 2005
Jun 29, 2005
Jun 30, 2005
Jul 07, 2005
Aug 02, 2005
Sep 22, 2005
Nov 03, 2005
Nov 10, 2005
Nov 17, 2005
Dec 08, 2005
Jan 11, 2006
Mar 16, 2006
Mar 23, 2006
Apr 13, 2006



Staff Reports and Related Documents:

Workshop Materials:


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