2024 Budget - By Goal Area

The new and improved budgeting process better aligns our investments with our community goals, reflected in our Sustainability, Equity, and Resilience Framework. Below is the 2024 Budget represented by goal area and highlights of new and continuing significant investments.

Environmentally Sustainable

Environmentally Sustainable ($63.1 million budget)

- Resources & Stewardship ($8.4 million). The Resources & Stewardship division enhances Boulder’s natural environment by protecting its ecological, agricultural, cultural, and water assets.

- Planning & Ecological Services ($4.8 million). This program area of Parks and Recreation manages capital project planning, design, and construction, and twelve historic and cultural resources. This team leads asset management and park renovation projects, and community engagement related to planning efforts. In advancement of this SER goal, this program’s outcomes include accessibility to well-maintained parks, maintenance of the health of the urban tree canopy and natural land areas, as well as providing an environment in which staff work can occur safely and effectively.

- Energy Management ($0.6 million). This program focuses on coordinating a strategic approach to the city’s energy portfolio, aiming to reduce the city’s carbon emissions and spur the transition to renewable energy sources where available, in advance of the Environmentally Sustainable SER objective.


Livable ($46.3 million budget)

- Community Investments (Affordable Housing) & Compliance ($29.7 million). Programs invest in affordable housing development projects, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects and programs, housing assistance, and human services fund grants.

- Homelessness Services ($3.4 million). Continued outreach through the existing Municipal Court community court program, BThere, and other contracted outreach providers.

- Behavioral Health Response ($2.5 million). Programs include the new Community Assistance Response Program (CARE) and the co-response Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT).

- Community Mediation & Resolution ($1.4 million). The program invests in eviction protection and rental assistance through the EPRAS Fund.

Accessible & Connected

Accessible & Connected ($39.4 million budget)

- Transportation Planning & Operations ($13.2 million). The base budget includes meeting the increased costs for providing HOP transit service operations and transportation demand management (TDM) programming and planning. These programs aim to increase the safety and connectivity along the city’s multimodal street network, especially among underserved communities and neighborhoods, in advancement of the Accessible & Connected SER objective.

- Creative Services & External Communications ($2.9 million). These programs provide external communications and other services such as Channel 8.


Safe ($87.6 million budget)

- Emergency Operations ($18.1 million). Fire-Rescue emergency operations provide critical life-safety response across the community.

- Patrol Services ($16.6 million). Police patrol services contribute to the safety of the community through proactive and engaging policing. This program’s services include patrol, traffic enforcement, and neighborhood impact team with oversight by the Deputy Chief of Operations. Outcomes for this program include improved police services delivery to the community, improved proactive policing and traffic enforcement, faster response to calls for service resulting in safer resolution of incidents, and management of more complex multi-officer calls for service safely and effectively.

Healthy & Socially Thriving

Healthy & Socially Thriving ($38.4 million budget)

- Recreation & Parks Operations ($20.6 million). The Operations team performs the day-to-day management of facilities and public spaces. Within the program, there are three service areas which includes Urban Parks, Recreation and Regional Facilities. Urban Parks is responsible for the operations and maintenance of urban park land. In advancement of the Healthy & Socially Thriving goal, this program’s outcomes include providing equitable access to all recreation facilities, parks, services, and community benefit programs, delivering services and programs that the community has deemed most important, community access to safe, well-maintained, and usable close-to-home parks & facilities, as well as youth and teen focused programming.

- Trails & Facilities ($7.0 million). The Trails & Facilities division supports the design, construction, and maintenance of OSMP’s physical assets which include trail networks, signs, trailheads, office buildings and other structures across the open space system. A large portion of the 2024 budget increase includes a shift in CIP to operating budget to support trail maintenance, signs maintenance, hiring of youth corps and contracted crews for trails projects, and road and parking area repairs in order to advance the objective of supporting the physical and mental well-being of its community members by providing public gathering places and programs to encourage social connection and prevent isolation.

- Older Adult and Family Services ($2.5 million). Older Adult Services (OAS) provides programs and services to adults age 60+ at the East and West Age Well Centers which include program content such as health and wellness, fitness, lifelong learning and social programs, day trips, and educational programs. Outcomes include increasing opportunities for older adults to participate in cultural, social, and educational activities and overall well-being.

Economically Vital

Economically Vital ($11.5 million budget)

- Economic Vitality & District Management ($2.9 million). These programs support a healthy and sustainable local business environment and the complementary services and programs within special general improvement districts.

- Taxpayer Services & Compliance ($1.2 million). This program promotes a fair and equitable tax collection system while providing proactive and responsible customer services.

Responsibly Governed

Responsibly Governed ($105.8 million budget)

- Fleet Services ($11.2 million). This includes the planned capital replacement of city vehicles that are reaching the end of their useful life and replacing these units with all-electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles whenever possible to meet the city’s climate goals.

- Risk Management ($9.1 million). The Risk Management program minimizes risk exposure for city employees, residents and visitors, and the city’s fleet and facilities. The division works closely with departments, providing training, guidance, and recommendations to safely meet objectives. This program also manages the city’s insurance programs, including workers’ compensation insurance and liability insurance. The program works to proactively reduce the likelihood and severity of claims by proactively addressing known risks and reducing the likelihood they would occur. By way of best practices and intentionally managing the risk profile of the city the division reduces the impact on the city, its residents, visitors, and employees allowing them to focus on their own mission, vision, and values.

- IT Infrastructure Services ($8.6 million). The Infrastructure Services group provides a reliable and robust data, voice, and fiber optic communications infrastructure supporting over 1,600 city employees. Outcomes for this program include ensuring digital access to government services for both internal customers and community members, timely and responsive support, regular monitoring and evaluation of hardware and cloud services, continuous exploration of emerging technologies and best practices, uninterrupted access to services, equitable availability and usability of digital platforms, and continuous improvement and optimization of solutions.

- Facility Operational Maintenance ($3.2 million). This program is the primary maintenance function for city facilities, which aims to create a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and resilient environment for both members of the public and city staff.