Annual Budget Information
Annual budgets are adopted on a basis consistent with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for all governmental funds except for the capital projects funds, which adopt project - length budgets. Formal budgetary integration is employed as a management control device during the year for the General, Debt Service and Special Revenue funds, as well as for the Water, Sewer and Solid Waste collection funds.
Unused appropriations for all of the above annually budgeted funds lapse at the end of each year. The budget amounts shown in the financial statements are the final authorized amounts as revised during the year.
Budgetary data for Capital Project Funds are budgeted over the life of the respective project and not on an annual basis. Therefore, this data is not presented in the accompanying combined financial statements.
Revisions that alter individual expenditure category or department totals within a fund must be approved by the City Council. Therefore, the legal level of budgetary responsibility is the department level.
City Management establishes the amount of estimated revenues and other resources available for appropriation for the succeeding budget year. City Management submits to the City Council a proposed operating budget for the fiscal year commencing the following October 1. The operating fund includes proposed expenditures and the means of financing them. Public hearings are conducted at City Hall to obtain taxpayer comments. Prior to October 1, the budget is adopted by the City Council.
Expenditures may not legally exceed budgeted appropriations at the fund level. During the year, several supplementary appropriations were necessary.