Operating and Capital Budget Planning

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Community Priorities

Thank you to our residents for participating in the Tempe Forum on Community Priorities for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget Cycle. The forum ended March 31, 2019. The results of the forum were presented to City Council to assist them in gauging public interest and priorities. Residents who still wish to provide input to City Council regarding the upcoming budget and community priorities can send an email to Council Communicator

About Tempe Forum and the Budget Questionnaire

The Tempe Forum is an online program to solicit resident input and feedback on various community related topics.  Each year, the Municipal Budget Office has an open topic questionnaire titled “Community Priorities for Upcoming Budget Cycle” at www.tempe.gov/forum. The budget questionnaire is typically open from October through March. This is an opportunity for residents to emphasize which city programs and services are most important to them. Residents are asked to pick which services they would prioritize by spending a “theoretical” $100 among the services listed. Participants can distribute the funds evenly or spend all the ‘money’ in one area. In addition, participants can add comments about the questionnaire or city services.

The results of the questionnaire will assist city officials in gauging public interest and priorities.  Tempe Forum continues the city’s efforts to expand its online presence to provide more opportunities for resident interaction and engagement.


2019-20 Budget Development Scheduled Public Meetings 
      CAPITAL BUDGET                       OPERATING BUDGET
    Public Forum*  
 Public Forum*             
Introduction of All Proposed Projects  
 Updated Long-Range Forecast
Initial Recommended Projects 
Initial Recommended Projects Follow-up   4.04  
Budget Review Session 
 Budget Review Session
Public Hearing/Tentative Budget Adoption 
 Public Hearing/Tentative Budget Adoption
Public Hearing/Final Adoption
 Public Hearing/Final Adoption
  6.27   Public Hearing/Final Property Tax Levy Adoption

All public meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth Street.  Agendas for all of these meetings will be available several days before each meeting. Visit the City Clerk's site for meeting times and additional information.

*The Public Forum will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Tempe History Museum Community Room located at 809 E. Southern Avenue.


FY 2019-20 Budget Planning Process

February 20  6:00 p.m. Public Budget Forum (presentation)

Tempe History Museum Community Room

809 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe

Each year, residents tell us they value this chance to offer their feedback on those interests and priorities that were most important to them. Join us to provide your feedback and input on community priorities for the city’s fiscal year 2019–20 budgets.

February 21   6:00 p.m. Work Study Session

Long-Range Financial Forecast

Introduction of Fiscal Year 2019-20 Capital Improvements Program Requests

March 21        5:30 p.m. Work Study Session

Initial Recommended Fiscal Year 2019-20 Capital Improvements Program

April 04          4:00 p.m. Work Study Session

Initial Recommended Fiscal Year 2019-20 Capital Improvements Program Follow-up

April 25         4:00 p.m. Work Study Session

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget Review Session

May 22          6:00 p.m. Special Budget Meeting

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Tentative Budget Adoption

Estimate of Revenues and Expenses - Notice of Public Hearing (PDF)

June 06        6:00 p.m. Special Budget Meeting Agenda

Fiscal Year 2019-20 through 2023-24 Capital Improvements Program,

Truth in Taxation, Fiscal Year 2019-20 Property Tax (first public hearing), 

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Annual Budget (final adoption)

June 27        6:00 p.m. Special Budget Meeting Agenda

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Final Property Tax Levy Adoption (second hearing)

The City of Tempe has begun the process of kicking off its operating and capital budgets for the 2019-20 fiscal year. These budgets will not be finalized until June 2019, but the work is starting early to ensure plenty of time to plan, solicit community input, and work with city employees. The City also is examining revenue and expense projections for the next five years. The financial forecast provides a long-term view of how current year budget discussions will impact the City’s future finances, and is consistent with the City Council’s stated priority of maintaining long-term financial sustainability and vitality.

There are two separate aspects of the budget: operating budgets like the General Fund, Transit Fund, Golf Fund and others that pay for day-to-day operations, and the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) which uses secondary property taxes to repay bonds that fund repair and construction projects. Each year, the City Council sets both of these budgets.

Operating Budget
At their summer retreat, the City Council met and identified key strategic priorities that will provide the direction and framework for the next year’s budget.  Budget staff has prepared the fall financial forecast to identify challenges and opportunities and elicit City Council direction very early to prioritize and implement significant budget changes.  Tempe is looking at ways to limit rising compensation growth as personnel costs are the greatest expense in any service oriented organization.  With the City Council’s guidance, City Manager Andrew Ching will begin working with employees on this issue.  Residents are encouraged to provide input to their policy makers.

Capital Improvements Program (CIP)
Although capital projects are scheduled throughout a five-year plan, only those projects during the first year of the plan are financed and adopted as part of the City’s annual budget.  The remaining years serve as a guide for future planning and are subject to annual review and modification.  The City Council will continue to implement its policy to keep the total property tax bill, also known as the property tax levy, on existing properties relatively constant from year to year. The policy mandates no increases to the annual levy on existing properties by more than the Consumer Price Index (West Region) rate of inflation. 

Discussions will begin early in 2019 with the City Council and community members about priorities for capital projects.

2018-19 Annual Budget Document (Operating and Capital)

Long-Range Forecast 02.21.19

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