FY 2023 Budget

FY 2023 Budget Highlights

Property Tax Relief

This budget reflects a base growth of 2.45% - versus the maximum 3% allowed - placing the average annual property tax increase at 1.8% over the past three years. Additionally, $1.2 Million in funding is planned as a tax rebate program to Boiseans who qualify for the Circuit Breaker Program. This program reduces property taxes for qualifying elderly, disabled, and widowed taxpayers.

Fiscal Responsibility

The FY 2023 budget presents a balanced forecast and proactive use of one-time savings.

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Advance Community Priorities

Affordable Housing

This budget, along with funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will allow us to make progress toward the goals of creating 1,250 units of affordable housing for households earning 60% of the area median income and 250 new units of Permanent Supportive Housing for households exiting homelessness. 

Climate Action

As we work toward Boise's goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, investments will be made to convert city buildings from natural gas to clean energy. Additionally, resources will be used to preserve and expand the use of surface water supplies for residential irrigation to help preserve water supply and increase our community’s resiliency to climate change.

Economic Opportunity

As our community continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, this budget includes key investments to continue to build economic opportunity for our residents. Utilizing ARPA funding, we will:

  • $3.95 million to incentivize more community members to provide childcare services
  • $2.75 million to support mental health services
  • $1.5 million to address food insecurity
  • $2.0 million to support small businesses
Public Safety

This budget includes investments in our Police and Fire departments and facilities to ensure a safe and healthy city for everyone. Investments include:

  • New fire station in Northwest Boise
  • Rebuild and expand Fire Station 5 located downtown
  • Mobile Command Center for Police
  • Investments in key equipment for public safety, including: four fire engines, new/upgraded in-vehicle radios for police, and a small-platform robot to improve police officer safety
  • Support for police crime lab
  • Additional Police and Fire staffing
  • Additional academies to ensure public safety staffing needs are met
Cultural and Recreational Opportunities
  • Investments at Borah Park, White Water Park, Magnolia Park, Primrose Park, Spaulding Ranch, and roadway repairs in Julia Davis Park
  • Library investments to improve access to materials and increase access to programs and services
  • Additional staffing for Zoo Boise and Idaho IceWorld to support community demand for these services
  • Opening of the Erma Hayman House

Budget Themes

In addition to advancing the priorities of our community, the FY 2023 Budget focuses on three key areas. These are:

Maximize Federal Funding Opportunities

Following the COVID-19 pandemic we have a once in a generation opportunity to invest federal funds into our community. Based on feedback directly from the community, the city will invest ARPA funds to support housing, climate adaptation, childcare, food security, mental health, small business and broadband access.

Stabilize the Workforce

Just like employers across the country, the City of Boise is feeling the strain as we emerge from COVID-19 and face increasing inflation. To ensure we continue to offer the services our community relies on, we will work to fill vacancies, meet increasing workload demands, remain competitive in the market to recruit and retain top talent, and right-size our Human Resources department to meet the demands of the organization.

Keep Pace with Growth

Boise continues to grow, with the Treasure Valley Metropolitan Statistical Area and the City of Boise growing roughly 17% and 6.5% respectively in the last 5 years. To ensure we continue to provide the services Boiseans expect and deserve, this budget focuses on enhancing facilities and amenities, including fire stations, parks, pathways, and cultural sites. Additionally, the city will thoughtfully evaluate resource allocation to ensure the highest and best use of city-owned property in the downtown core.

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