The Budget Process & Calendar

Fiscal Year 2022 Operating and Capital Budget

The Budget Process

The City of Tampa’s (“the City”) vision is to be recognized as a diverse and progressive city and celebrated as the most desirable place to live, learn, work, and play. The City’s mission is to deliver outstanding services to enhance the quality of life within our community, guided by the core values of integrity, teamwork, excellence, and respect.


The annual budget process begins in November with the preparation of initial revenue and expense estimates that are then reviewed by the Mayor. City departments prepare capital improvement plans and annual operating budgets during the months of March and April.


The FY2022 Recommended Operating and Capital Budget is presented by the Mayor to City Council in August 2021. Budget public hearings will be held in September 2021 and the budget adopted by the end of the current fiscal year (September 30, 2021). The budget process allows for budget amendments as needed during the year. An amendment may be initiated by the Mayor at any time, and after City Council approval, the funds appropriated are adjusted or realigned. For further explanation of budget and financial terms, refer to the related financial information section of this document.

Budget Calendar

A table depicting the budget preparation process by month for the City of Tampa.