The City Council has historically held annual retreats, or the “Advance,” to kick-off the budget process. Following opportunities for public input, called “Coffee with Council,” the City Manager and Leadership Team would provide updates on City operations. Council would then discuss and individually share their priorities. In Fiscal Year 2020, Council participated in a new process that resulted in a longer-term strategic plan, with an associated business plan.
The COVID-19 pandemic also impacted the strategic planning and budget process for Fiscal Year 2022. As approved by Council, public participation and input were moved online instead of in-person “Coffee with Council” events. Staff presented highlights for the Fiscal Year 2021 and priorities for Fiscal Year 2022 in a virtual study session on January 13, 2021. Council then met virtually on January 23 for the Advance to provide vision and priorities for staff, upon which the Fiscal Year 2022 budget is built.
Below are videos from each City Department Director sharing their respective highlights from 2020 and priorities for 2021.
The City Council will meet in April 2021 to review the proposed fiscal year 2022 budget. In May 2021, in adherence to Section 9.5 of the City Charter, the City Council will hold a public hearing adopting a Resolution in accordance with local and state requirements approving the Fiscal Year 2022 budget (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022), including tax rates.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the City’s Finance Office at 616-355-1370 or the City Manager’s Office at 616-355-1310. Also, please contact the Mayor and City Council to express your thoughts.