The City’s biennial budget comprises a variety of funds for operating, capital and other purposes. The General Fund is the main operating fund and provides the financial resources for the bulk of City services, including the Council and Executive functions, Police, Municipal Court, Building, Planning, Parks, Facilities Maintenance, City Clerk, Finance, and Human Resources. Other funds are dedicated to a specific utility, capital or other purposes as required by state statues.
Other ordinances and resolutions are adopted with the budget to implement the budget. These include an ordinance setting the following year’s property tax levy, and any other ordinances or resolutions required for implementing the budget, such as changes to permit fees or utility rates and fees.
Typically the adopted budget will only be modified once by majority vote of the Council, during the “mid-biennial adjustment” in fall of the year following the year of initial adoption. With limited exceptions, any other budget changes require a supermajority vote of the Council (at least 5 votes).