City Budgeting : Who makes financial decisions at the City
The mission of the budget is to help decision-makers make informed choices about the provision of services and capital assets to promote stakeholder participations in the process.
The budget is a plan that tells how the City will use limited financial resources to best provide for the needs of its citizens. The final budget/plan is the responsibility of the City Council and the Mayor based on the recommendations of the individual departments within the City.
The budget should be a document that can be used to inform and educate the public and elected officials about the City’s structure, achievements, challenges, and direction. A budget document should ideally be a policy document, an operations guide, a financial plan, and a communication device.
The City Council is responsible for adopting the City’s budget and for appropriating the resources required to fund the City’s plan of services and facilities. The City Council, Mayor, and Directors review monthly budgetary performance by the City departments and reviews and approves significant changes in budgets during the budget period.
The Mayor directs the staff in developing and submitting the proposed budget to the City Council. The Mayor directs City departments in managing the budget within the policy parameters set by the City Council. The Mayor and Directors recommend significant changes in the budget as required by policy.
The Department of Finance assists and supports the Mayor, the departments, Council and the citizens in developing and administering the budget. The Department of Finance manages the annual Budget Development processes, the interim budget change process and budgetary documentation, and reporting. The Department of Finance also develops and updates the Capital Improvement Plan, Comprehensive Financial Plan, Monthly Budget/Financial Reports, and multiple projection models.
The annual Budget/Fiscal Year begins on October 1 of each year.
The City of Meridian annual Budget Workshops are open to the public and will occur at the City Hall Council Chambers tentatively scheduled during June/July of each year and is subject to change.
For detailed information about the City's Budget or Financial's, please check out our Financial Transparency and Accessibility Portal.
City Budgeting : The Annual Budget Process
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