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Annual budget process begins in January
Like every successful business or household, the City of Show Low operates by living within its means. A major tool is our annual budget, built on a foundation of fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers, residents, and customers.
Our fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. The Show Low City Council and staff will begin discussing the fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023) budget on January 18 with a 6:00 p.m. study session in Council Chambers, 181 North 9th Street. At this meeting, which is open to the public, the Council’s goals and priorities will be reviewed, early revenue estimates as determined by staff will be presented and general budget assumptions will be reviewed.
To ensure the city’s budget meets the needs of our residents, the Council wants as much citizen input as possible. A citizen request form is available online at www.showlowaz.gov, at city hall and the library, or by calling (928) 532-4024. Any citizen can present an idea for budget consideration, such as increased or decreased services, improvements, or anything you feel the city should address in the budget.
To meet our goal to obtain as much citizen participation as possible, two budget town halls are scheduled for public comment. The first will be held January 20, early in the budget process to give you a chance to voice your concerns, opinions and service desires. The second will be on April 7, a meeting at which staff will present the recommended budget for citizen feedback prior to presenting it to the Council for discussion.
Beginning in April, the Council also will hold several study sessions to review the city manager’s recommended budget in detail. This overview will focus on revenues and a department-by-department review of requested and recommended expenditures. It is anticipated the Council will adopt the final fiscal year 2023 budget in June. The budget calendar is also available online at www.showlowaz.gov:
Tuesday, January 18
Thursday, January 20
Town Hall Budget Meeting
Friday, February 4
Department budget requests due to Finance – Review and compile requests
Tuesday, February 15
City Manager and budget staff begin budget reviews with all departments
Monday, March 21
City Manager review of final recommended budget
Friday, April 1
Recommended budget delivered to Council
Tuesday, April 5
City Council Budget Study Session and Presentation of City Manager’s Recommended Budget
Thursday, April 7
Town Hall Budget Meeting and City Council Budget Study Session
Thursday, April 21
City Council Budget Study Session (if needed)
Thursday, April 28
Tuesday, May 17
Presentation of Changes to City Manager’s Recommended Budget
and Tentative Budget Overview
Tuesday, June 7
Council Adoption of Tentative Budgets – sets expenditure limitation
Tuesday, June 21
Public Hearing on Final Budget and Council Adoption of Final Budget
Tuesday, July 19
Adopt Secondary Property Tax Levy
*All Council Meetings, Study Sessions, and Town Halls to be held in Council Chambers
Let your voice be heard in our annual budget process. Questions may be directed to Deputy City Manager Justin Johnson at (928) 532-4024.