The biennial budget document is the most important document the City produces. It outlines the City's spending plan and priorities for the biennium which runs from January 1st of the odd number year through December 31st of the even number year. The City is required to conduct a mid-biennial review in the first year with the formal process starting no sooner than September 1st. Also, throughout the year the City prepares budget adjustments, referred to as the carry forward budget adjustment and year-end/housekeeping budget adjustments. Theses budget amendments are not included in the adopted biennial budget; rather they are presented as separate documents.
The City submitted its 2017/2018 Biennial Budget document to the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award program and received the award. The award represents a significant achievement by the City. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive this award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well the City's budget serves as: a policy document; a financial plan; and operations guide; and a communications device. Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories and the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award. The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budget.
Based on the most recent data, there were 1,541 governments who received this prestigious award. In Washington State, there were 45 recipients, comprised of 3 Counties, 3 School Districts, 5 Special Districts and 34 Municipalities.
2017/2018 Biennial Budget
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2015/2016 Biennial Budget
2013/2014 Biennial Budget