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Operating and Capital Budget Planning

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FY 2020/21 Operating Budget and

FY 2020/21 – FY 2024/25 Capital (CIP) Budget

The City has begun the process of developing the annual operating budget and 5-year capital (CIP) budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2020. We encourage our residents to complete the Budget Survey to provide input on priorities for the upcoming budget.  The City will also hold a series of public meetings starting in October 2019 and continuing through June 2020.  These meetings are opportunities to provide comment on the proposed City budget.

Community Priorities 

Thank you to our residents for participating in the Tempe Forum on Community Priorities for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2020/21 Budget Cycle. The results of the forum will be presented to City Council to assist them in gauging public interest and priorities. Residents who still with 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 The budget questionnaire is typically open from October through February. 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.

Tempe Forum continues the city’s efforts to expand its online presence to provide more opportunities for resident interaction and engagement.


FY 2020/21 Budget Planning Process

February 20       
Work Study Session       4:00 p.m.

Long-Range Financial Forecast

Introduction of Fiscal Year 2020/21 Capital Improvements Program Requests


March 19             
Work Study Session       4:00 p.m.

Initial Recommended Fiscal Year 2020/21 Capital Improvements Program

Strategies for Addressing FY 2020/21 Initial Budget Priorities


April 23               
Work Study Session       4:00 p.m.

Initial Recommended Fiscal Year 2020/21 Capital Improvements Program Follow-up (if needed) 

Fiscal Year 2020/21 Budget Review Session

May 1                   
Work Study Session       4:00 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2020/21 Budget Review Session Follow-up (if needed)

May 27 
               Special Budget Meeting       6:00 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2020/21 Tentative Budget Adoption

June 11 
               Special Budget Meeting       6:00 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2020/21 through 2023/24 Capital Improvements Program

Truth in Taxation, Fiscal Year 2020/21 Property Tax (first public hearing)

Fiscal Year 2020/21 Annual Budget (final adoption)

June 25
               Special Budget Meeting       6:00 p.m.

Fiscal Year 2020/21 Final Property Tax Levy Adoption (second hearing)

Meeting dates and times are subject to change. To verify meeting dates and times, contact the City Clerk’s office at 480-350-4311 or visit the Clerk's website.


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