Community engagement meetings to help define priorities, shape City’s FY 2020 Budget
West Palm Beach, Florida (June 10, 2019) –
West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James and City Commissioners will hold a series of budget engagement meetings with the community to ensure the City’s FY 2020 budget meets the needs of our diverse neighborhoods. The public is invited and encouraged to attend! The schedule and locations for the Community Budget Meetings are:
- July 22, 2019, 6:00 p.m.; Fire Station #3, 5050 Broadway (District 1)
- July 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m.; Fire Station #5, 700 N. Congress (District 2)
- July 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m.; City Hall, Flagler Gallery (District 3)
- July 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m.; Fire Station #7, 8007 Okeechobee Boulevard (District 4)
- August 1, 2019, 6:00 p.m.; U.B. Kinsey Community Center, 720 8th Street (District 3)
- August 6, 2019, 6:00 p.m.; South Olive Center, 345 Summa St. (District 5)
The City of West Palm Beach begins the 2020 fiscal year on October 1, 2019. The Mayor is responsible for preparing an annual expense and capital budget, which is submitted to the City Commission for its review and approval. The City’s budget process includes the following steps:
- Step 1, Preliminary Budget: From January through June, the Mayor and City Administration work to develop a budget for the next fiscal year that reflects the City’s goals, mission and vision.
- Step 2, Commission Analysis: From June through July, Commissioners will analyze the Mayor’s proposed budget at two Commission Budget Workshops. Also discussed will be the City’s Ten Year Financial Plan and the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Preliminary Fire Assessment Rate Resolution, and Chronic Nuisance Assessments. A Special Commission Meeting is held to discuss setting the “Not to Exceed Rate”.
- Step 3, Public Input: From July through August, the Mayor and City Commissioners will solicit feedback from the public to ensure the budget meets the needs of our diverse neighborhoods. The community’s input is very important, because it helps Mayor and City Administration set priorities for the budget.
- Step 4, Budget Presentation: In August, the revised budget and final CIP are formally presented at a final Commission Budget Workshop. This budget will reflect the priorities set by the community and Commissioners. A final meeting is held to discuss the Fire Assessment Rate Resolution and Chronic Nuisance Assessments.
- Step 5, Adopted Budget: In September will be a First Public Hearing to adopt the tentative budget and millage rate and a Final Hearing to adopt the final budget and millage rate.
- Step 6, Budget Goes into Effect: On October 1, 2019, the budget goes into effect.
The budget is a responsible allocation of public resources that maintains the City of West Palm Beach as a safe, attractive and vibrant community for the satisfaction of its residents and visitors. To view the City of West Palm Beach Budget Calendar – Fiscal Year 2020, please visit: http://www.wpb.org/Departments/Finance/City-of-West-Palm-Beach-Budget-Planning
For more information, please contact the City of West Palm Beach Finance Department (561) 822-1200 or visit: https://wpb.org/Departments/Finance/Home