Annual Budget: FY 2021

Message from Mayor McLean

I am honored, along with the City of Boise Department Directors, to present the FY 2021 budget to the community. In the last six months, our community has experienced unprecedented hardship; made sacrifices to protect the health of others; called upon ourselves to address public safety and our nation’s history of racism; and demonstrated, through it all, that we are committed to ensuring that together, we create a community that protects people, welcomes all, and offers opportunity for everyone.  In these challenging times is the opportunity to rebuild stronger and safer, to seek ways to recover as a more resilient community.

I encourage you to review the proposed budget and provide your feedback. Feedback can be submitted below, or at the Boise City Council Budget Public Hearing on July 21. On Tuesday, June 30 at 8:30 a.m. we will have an in-depth presentation on the proposed budget at the Boise City Council Budget Workshop. More details can be found below.

I look forward to hearing your input and continuing our work to make Boise a city for everyone.

Download the FY 2021 Proposed Budget (PDF)

2021 Proposed Budget Highlights


  • Forecasted declines in several revenue categories, including sales tax, development fees, parking, and parks and recreation programming
    • Plan to frequently review and adjust revenue estimates due to unprecedented nature of COVID-19 recession
  • 0% base property tax growth in recognition of the unique challenges our community is facing due to COVID-19


  • Simultaneous efforts to reduce costs, advance citywide strategic initiatives, and support normal cost increases
  • Preservation of core services despite reduced revenue levels
    • Total FY 2021 Proposed General Fund budget 1.1% below FY 2020 Budget
  • Establishment of a COVID-19 Reserve to respond to unanticipated revenue reductions or unbudgeted expenses
  • Targeted investments in key areas that are impactful to the community:
    • Housing Affordability
    • Climate Innovation
    • Transportation
    • Public Safety
    • Accessibility
    • Capital infrastructure

Savings Efforts

The City of Boise continually strives to maximize financial resources. Over the past year, and continuing into FY 2021, a series of citywide and program specific saving strategies have been implemented/developed. Additional savings opportunities are currently being developed and will be evaluated for potential implementation during FY 2021. A summary of the known savings opportunities, along with the amount of annual savings, can be found below:

  • Various reductions to allow for no base growth to property taxes (0% increase): $4,800,000 (FY 2021)
  • Reduced rate of compensation growth for city employees: $2,225,000 (FY 2021)
  • Department by department review of budget to actual variances and repurposing of historically unused budget authority: $1,400,000 (FY 2021)
  • Implementation of a more granular approach for developing personnel budgets: $1,000,000 (FY 2021)
  • Extending fleet replacement cycles: $500,000 (FY 2020)
  • Consolidation of duties in the Fire Department: $174,000 (FY 2021)
  • Changing plant materials in right of way areas to achieve lower maintenance costs: $100,000 (FY 2020)
  • Reducing computer replacement costs through extension of equipment lifecycles: $55,000 (FY 2021)
  • Reduce Police Department fleet size: $40,000 (FY 2021)
  • Insourcing utility location services: $26,000 (FY 2021)
  • Reduction of custodial services at City Hall: $15,000 (FY 2021)
  • Elimination of fax landlines/conversion to digital technology: $14,000 (FY 2021)
  • Insourcing event planning for internal and external City events: $13,000 (FY 2020)
  • Partial reimbursement from schools for School Resource Officer services: TBD (FY 2021)

Be Heard

Public participation in the budget process is vital - and we want to hear from you. Below is a timeline for key dates in the budget process, and formal opportunities for community members to provide feedback.

July 21: Boise City Council Budget Public Hearing | 6:00 p.m.

  • This will be a hybrid meeting, allowing for virtual and in-person testimony.
  • Due to the limited capacity within Maryanne Jordan Council Chambers, members of the public that are interested in watching the meeting are encouraged to watch via livestream. Watch live.
  • Details on how to provide testimony either virtually or in-person can be found here

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If you have questions about the FY 2021 budget or the budget process, please submit your question to the City of Boise Budget Office.

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