City to Begin Wrapping-up FY2007 Budget Process
After almost five weeks of presentations from each of the City's 26 departments, the City is ready to begin Budget Wrap-up sessions. The City Manager and City staff have worked diligently in months prior to develop and ensure a sound fiscal recommendation is made through the proposed budget.
Budget wrap-up hearings will begin on Friday, July 28 at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers (2nd Floor, City Hall). Addtional wrap up hearings will be held on August 7th immediately after the City Council Agenda Work Session on the 10th Floor of City Hall and August 8th at 1:00 P.M. or immediately following the regular Council meeting in Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, City Hall. The budget hearing process, including the additional wrap-up hearings, do provide opportunity for public commentary on each of the departments' budgets that are up for review.
What happens during this time of the budget process?
What are some of the priorities and challenges this budget will face?
- Budget Hearings
During this month-long time period, the City Manager and City Department Heads present the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year to the Mayor and Council. Wrap-up meetings allow for discussion of revisions, adjustments and/or various other fiscal issues that are typically addressed during the budget process.
- Budget Adoption
Pending any revisions or issues that the Mayor and City Council request be made or addressed, the budget and tax rate are adopted on or before August 31st.
To view budget presentations for all City Departments, please visit the City's website at www.elpasotexas.gov.
- Pressure to reduce tax rate in response to large increases in property assessments just released
- Increased service demands associated with new facilities from the 2000 and 2004 Quality of Life bond initiatives that will be fully operational in FY 2007
- Growth in core services as a result of general growth in the City, particularly the expedited growth anticipated with the expansion of Ft. Bliss
- Expectations associated with the completion of the Open Space Master Plan
- Service demands associated with implementation of Council's strategic priorities
- Employee compensation increases including unfunded pension liabilities that will require resolution in the near term