Frequently Asked Questions
What is the size of the City's operating budget?
For Fiscal Year 2013, which ends June 30, 2013, the City's General Fund budget is approximately $1.164 billion, an increase of 3.2% from the prior year.
When is the City's fiscal year?
The City's fiscal year (FY) begins July 1 and ends on June 30.
Where do the City's revenues come from?
General Fund Revenue is collected from the following sources:
- Property taxes (33.6%)
- Sales and other taxes-including Transient Occupancy Tax (27.6%)
- Franchise Fees (6.2%)
- Transfers from other funds (6.4%)
- Revenue from Money and Property (3.7%)
- Fines, forfeitures and penalties (2.7%)
- Licenses and permits (2.8%)
- Charges for current services (15.8%)
- Revenue from other agencies (0.3%)
- Other revenue (0.9%)
What does the City spend its money on?
General Fund Expenditures consist of:
- Public Safety and Homeland Security (52.4%)
- Public Works/Roads/Permitting (18.8%)
- Park and Recreation (7.4%)
- City Attorney (3.7%)
- Libraries (3.4%)
- City Finance Management (3.2%)
- City Council/ Mayor(1.5%)
- Other Uses (9.6%)
How can I contribute input in the development of the City budget?
The City Charter requires that the Council hold public hearings before they vote to modify or adopt the Mayor's budget by the June 15th deadline. For more information, see the Citizen's Guide to the City's Budget Process (PDF).