The City of Gainesville presents the Fiscal Year 2017 recommended annual budget for General Government as developed at the direction of the City Manager. It is reviewed by the Gainesville City Commission during a series of public meetings from July through September, before final adoption on Sept. 15, 2016.
Increased transparency and accessibility are key City of Gainesville priorities to foster greater public participation in the budget process. Citizens can now view and interact with the proposed FY 2017 budget online using the Open Budget platform. Open Budget features both summary and detailed data on city revenues and where those revenues are proposed to be spent.
Currently scheduled meetings regarding the FY17 are:
- Wednesday, July 13 at 10 a.m.: General Government budget discussion in the City Hall Auditorium
- Thursday, July 14 at 10 a.m.: GRU budget discussion in the City Hall Auditorium
- Monday, July 25 at 10 a.m.: General Government budget discussion in the City Hall Auditorium (set tentative fire assessment rate)
- Wednesday, July 27 at 5 p.m.: GRU budget discussion in the City Hall Auditorium
- Thursday, July 28 at 1 p.m.: GRU and General Government budget discussion in the City Hall Auditorium (set tentative millage rate)
- Thursday, Sept. 8 at 6 p.m.: First budget hearing in the City Hall Auditorium
- Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.: First budget hearing in the City Hall Auditorium
- TRIM (truth in millage) notices are mailed to property owners, notifying them of the millage rate for the following fiscal year.
- Two public hearings are held about the budget document for the following fiscal year. It is then finalized and adopted.
• October 1
- The new fiscal year begins, implementing the new budget.
The City of Gainesville has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for its budget documents for more than 25 consecutive years.
Older budget documents can be viewed online.