The Budget Process

//The Budget Process

About the Budget Process

The City of Casa Grande prepares a city-wide budget each year to provide its residents with services such as police and fire protection, parks & recreation, sewer and garbage collection.

As part of the budget process, the City Council reviews changes to the City’s consolidated fee schedule, which is a list of fees charged for certain services.  City Council also establishes property tax rates on a yearly basis.

The Capital Improvements Program (CIP) identifies capital needs of the community and indicates how these needs will be funded over time. In general, only projects that cost more than $100,000 and have a useful life in excess of 10 years qualify for funding in the CIP. The CIP is updated annually and is subject to change with each update.

The City Council approves the budget and CIP in June. The City’s fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30 of each year.

How You Can Participate in the Budget Process
The budget is an ongoing process combining citizen input, Council vision and direction, and staff recommendations to meet community needs.  The City of Casa Grande is required by law to adopt a balanced budget that is open to citizen input and participation.  Each resident can have a voice in deciding what the budget will be spent on and how it will be paid for before it is adopted.

Budget comments and suggestions may be submitted in a number of ways:

-Email Finance Director Celina Morris,
-Email City Council members
-Attend a City Council meeting (first and third Mondays of the month at 7 p.m., 510 E. Florence Blvd.) and speak during the Public Comment portion.
-Attend a Budget Public Hearing held during the City Council meeting on June 1 and June 15, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., 510 E. Florence Blvd.

FY2018 Budget Calendar

May 17, 2017 – FY18 City Council Budget Retreat

May 18, 2017 – Post proposed fees and supporting fee report on website and submit copy of supporting fee report with Clerk’s office (Written notice on website 60 days prior to adoption {ARS 9‐499.15})

June 5, 2017 – Adopt Notice of Intent to raise Water and Wastewater rates and set date for Public Hearing on August 7 (must be done at least 60 days prior to Public Hearing {ARS 9-511.01})

June 19, 2017 – Council Adoption of Tentative Budget (on or before the third Monday in July {ARS 42‐17101})

June 21, 2017 – Post Tentative Budget to City website

June 23, 2017 – First publication of FY2018 Tentative Budget summary, primary and secondary property tax levies for all districts, and Notice of Public Hearing (no later than seven business days after tentative adoption – must be published once a week for two consecutive weeks {ARS 42-17103}).

June 28, 2017 – Publish first “Truth in Taxation” notice – (Not less than fourteen or more than twenty days before tax levy hearing).

June 30, 2017 – Second publication of FY 2018 Tentative Budget summary and Notice of Public Hearing (must be published once a week for two consecutive weeks {ARS 42‐17103})

July 1, 2017 – FY 2018 Begins

July 3, 2017 – Council meeting canceled

July 7, 2017 – File supporting Wastewater rate report with the Clerk’s office and post to website (At least 30 days prior to Public Hearing  {ARS 9‐511.01})

Publish second “Truth in Taxation” notice – (Not less than seven or more than ten days before tax levy hearing).

July 13, 2017 –   Publish press release containing “Truth in Taxation” notice in newspaper

July 17, 2017 –   Workshop on FY18 proposed fees

Hold a public hearing on budget and property tax levy.  (Tax levy hearing must be held at least 14 days before the tax levy is adopted {42-17104})

Adoption of the FY 2018 Final Budget in a Special Meeting (A.R.S. 42-17105)

July 18, 2017 –   Publish Notice of Intent to raise Wastewater fees passed on June 5 and Advertise Public Hearing in newspaper (at least 20 days prior to adoption – Public Hearing notice must only be published once ({ARS 9‐511.01})

July 19, 2017 –   Post entire Final Budget to City website (Within 7 business days of adoption and remain on the website for 60 months)

Mail copy of Truth in Taxation notice, a statement of its publication or mailing and the result of the Council’s vote to the Property Tax Oversight Commission. (Within 3 days of tax levy hearing)

July 21, 2017 – Prepare and post Notice of Intent to raise Consolidated fees to website and distribute via social media (Notice must include proposed fee schedule and supporting fee report. Required at least 15 days prior to adoption {ARS 9‐499.15})

August 7, 2017 – Public Hearing & Council adoption of Fee Resolution

Adoption of 2017-2018 Property Tax Levy (1st reading)

August 21, 2017 – Adoption of FY 2018 Property Tax Levy (Final reading)

August 22, 2017 – Forward certified copy of tax levy Ordinance to County. (Tax levy must be adopted by the board of supervisors on or before the third Monday in August {ARS 42‐17151 A})

October 1, 2017 – New Fees Effective