Mayor’s Office

City's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Process

Mayor Weinberger is developing the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY 22) budget, which will be presented to the Council in June. It is our goal to have a collabortaive process that produces a budget representing broad consensus. Mayor Weinberger conducted a public engagement process about the Fiscal Year 2022 budget that included a community survey and public meetings. 

In the survey comments, respondents commented in support for restoring city services and infrastructure investment, concern with spending ARPA funds on new initiatives without long-term funding identified, and a desire to limit any tax rate increases. Other areas of investment where many survey respondent’s showed support include; Burlington High School, new housing and alleviating homelessness, climate action, and elevated levels of infrastructure investment. These are topics the City may consider for future community engagement as visioning and planning for investment of the remaining ARPA funds continues after the FY 22 budget process concludes. Review the full survey results here.

Background

Last year we faced a dramatic reduction in revenues that forced us to eliminate virtually all discretionary spending in our municipal budget, stop the advancement of almost all non-covid new initiatives, and spend down the emergency reserves (rainy-day fund) that we had spent years building. 

This year, the infusion of $27 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) revenues creates a complex and exciting challenge: budgeting to restore full city operations, make structural progress on strategic priorities, and carefully steward this unprecedented infusion of one-time resources. 

The City has until the end of 2024 to carefully spend these federal dollars. The Administration plans to lead a series of public conversations later this summer regarding investment of these funds in: climate action, equity initiatives, and other longer-term community investments However, as intended by the federal legislation, we will need to use significant ARPA funds as we develop our current Fiscal Year 2022 budget between now and mid-June.  

Administration Budget Principles

On March 11, President Joe Biden signed the American Resuce Plan Act (ARPA) into law, dramatically changing the City's budget outlook. Here are the principles the Mayor has developed in response to this new, welcome reality that have shaped the current draft of the budget:

  • All City services will be restored to pre-pandemic levels.
  • Investment in critical infrastructure should continue at pre-pandemic, enhanced levels to address aging assets and advance Net Zero Energy City goals.
  • Emergency reserves should be restored to address Fiscal Year 2023 economic uncertainty.
  • Tax increases should be minimized as much as possible.
  • The City will make overdue investments in racial equity, justice, language access, and livable wages.
  • Municipal City enterprise funds severely impacted by the pandemic may require support.
  • The use of significant ARPA funds will be necessary to make good on the other budget principles.

Budget Materials

Schedule for developing and passing the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

 

Regular Board of Finance Meeting
Monday, May 10 at 5:00 pm
(Zoom link to be posted soon)

 

 

 

Department Budget Presentations #1
Wednesday, May 12 at 5:00 pm
Zoom link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82619221834 

 

Agenda: 

  • Budget overview
  • Clerk/Treasurer
  • Human Resources
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Airport
  • Mayor's Office
  • Regional Programs


Department Budget Presentations #2
Monday, May 17 at 5:00 pm
Zoom link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81120319845 


Agenda: 

  • Fire Department
  • Department of Public Works
  • Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater
  • Burlington Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront
  • Capital Improvement Plan and Capital Budgets
  • Parks Capital Budgets

 


Department Budget Presentations #3
Wednesday, May 19 at 5:00 pm
Zoom link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84751365346 

 


Agenda:

  • Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Church Street Marketplace
  • Community, Economic, and Development Office
  • Police Department
  • Planning Department
  • Tax Increment Financing

 


Department Budget Presentations #4
Thursday May 20 at 5:00 pm
Zoom link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85234189628  


Agenda:

  • Burlington City Arts
  • City Assessor
  • City Attorney
  • Burlington Electric Department
  • Permitting and Inspections
  • Fletcher Free Library
  • Traffic Fund
  • Health, Retirement, and Workers Compensation Insurance

 


Regular Board of Finance Meeting
Monday, May 24 at 5:00 pm


Chief Administrative Officer will present draft General Fund budget materials and introductory memo, providing narrative information about the budget adjustment in each department.

 

The Board of Finance will provide feedback and input on the General Fund budget.


Regular Board of Finance Meeting
Monday, May 24 at 5:00 pm
 


Board of Finance will review and discuss Chief Administrative Officer’s amended budget, reflecting feedback from May 24 Board of Finance meeting.


Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, June 7 at 7:00 pm



Mayor submits Mayor’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Budget to the City Council.


Regular City Council Meeting
Monday, June 14 at 7:00 pm


The City Council will take action on Mayor’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2022 Budget. By City Charter, the Council must take action by the end of June.


July 1, 2021
 

New Fiscal Year 2022 begins