Proposed FY 2022 Budget

Message from Mayor McLean

Dear Boise:

I am honored, along with the City of Boise Department Directors, to present the FY 2022 budget.

Over the past year and half our community has endured an incredibly historic and unusual experience that demanded much from us. It required that we approached our work and lives with flexibility, creativity, focus, commitment, courage, and stamina. And, as Boiseans, we rose to the challenge. We reallocated resources to ensure that our most vulnerable residents are cared for. We innovated to keep our business community thriving. We came to the (virtual) table to have tough conversations about issues that mattered in the moment and will matter into our future. Boise led – addressing this crisis head-on while keeping our eye focused on the future.

This budget accounts for where we’ve been, where we are today, who we’ve become through this crisis and where we are heading. It reflects our values and embraces our mission. But most importantly, it is focused on the people of Boise and the services that they need. This is a people-centered budget and reflects the needs and aspirations of our community.

As Boise continues to grow, we know the top priorities of our community are housing, climate, transportation, economic development, and public safety. Demand on city services has reached record highs as more people discover our incredible home and come to Boise to live, work and play. This budget meets our goals of ensuring we can continue to provide the services our residents rely on and invest in smart solutions to meet the needs of our growing city.

As we look to our future, I would like to take a moment to thank the staff at the City of Boise. Over the past year they have met daily unknowns and unexpected demands all while preparing for what’s next. This budget reflects the innovation, passion, and service that employees of the City of Boise provide daily to our residents and creates opportunities for our residents to be engaged in shaping the solutions for our future.

We are here to serve and to partner with Boiseans to do what we’ve always done best: create solutions and strengthen community bonds to create a stronger and more resilient Boise. One that honors what we love about this special place and ensures we’ve done all we can to protect this city for our children and our children’s children. Thank you for this opportunity to share with you the budget, and our plans for the coming year.

2022 Proposed Budget Highlights

The Proposed FY 2022 Budget assumes improving economic conditions will continue allowing the City of Boise to focus on key objectives that include:

  • Addressing needs of a growing community
  • Making investments that promote economic recovery
  • Advancement of community goals and priorities including:
    • affordable housing
    • transportation options
    • climate change
    • public safety; and
    • economic development

Download the FY 2022 Proposed Budget Book (PDF)

Revenues

General government services (e.g., police, fire, parks, and libraries) are supported primarily through taxes and user fees, including  property tax, sales tax, and development fees. For FY 2022, revenue growth is anticipated in most categories, as the economy begins to recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Highlights include:

  • To keep up with increasing costs, due mainly to public safety and ongoing community growth, property tax includes a 3% budget increase.
    • The estimated cost of the city’s 3% property tax increase for the average-priced home in Boise is approximately $42.
  • The sales tax estimate has been increased from the FY 2021 adopted budget to reflect the actual growth of statewide sales tax collection, which was not as drastic as anticipated a year ago (but is impacted by 2020 legislation limiting year-over-year growth).
  • Development fee revenues are also budgeted to increase as we continue to see an increase in building activity.

Additional detail on revenues is available in the proposed FY 2022 budget document.

Demand for Services

The City of Boise prides itself on offering our residents high-quality services. Over the past several years, Boise has seen a tremendous amount of growth that has had a significant impact on city services.

  • April 2021 marked 5-year highs in both applications received and project valuations for our Planning and Development Services department
  • Our cherished outdoor spaces have seen major increases in usage, including 3x traffic on the Ridge to Rivers Trails in the Boise Foothills
    • With the extra usage in the Foothills, there has been 121% more Fire Department time spent on foothills rescues between 2017 and 2020.
  • 911 call increases have required shift in staffing from community policing assignments
  • 20% growth in flights/seats over 2019 projected in next 6 months

To ensure we are providing our residents with the services they count on the city for, the FY 2022 Proposed Budget includes some staffing increases in key areas, particularly in the Police and support departments (e.g., Information Technology, Legal, Human Resources, and Finance). Increases are attributable to several factors, including:

  • In recent years, the Police Department, in response to expanding community needs, have had to reposition resources from areas throughout the department (e.g., investigations) to patrol services in order respond to calls for service. This budget includes staff adjustments to begin addressing staffing needs in both patrol and non-patrol units
  • The rate of position growth across the City has not kept up with population growth in the Treasure Valley
  • Staffing for support department core functions (Finance, IT, HR, Legal) has not kept up with growth in external operations

Capital Projects Overview

The annual capital budget and five-year capital improvement plan (CIP) provide a framework for the city’s capital investments. As part of capital budget development, the city must prioritize how to allocate limited resources over a number of competing needs.

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Budget Transparency

Earlier this year, the City launched an online budget platform, showing how current and past year budgets are allocated across programs and revenue/expense types.  This platform is updated monthly, and is a good way to learn more about how resources are allocated at the City of Boise.

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Next Steps

After reviewing public input on the FY 2022 Proposed Budget – both feedback provided through this website, as well as resident testimony during the Public Hearing on July 20, 2021 – the Boise City Council voted to approve the Proposed Budget (as described in the budget book that was posted to this website on June 18th) at the Public Hearing with only a minor modification to the City Council Contingency budget, which will not alter the city’s overall budget authority in FY 2022.

The Public Hearing also served as the first (of three) readings of the proposed ordinance that will formally grant the requested budget authority for FY 2022 (ORD-38-21: Annual Appropriation Ordinance for the Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2021). The second and third readings of the ordinance will take place during the August 17th and August 24th City Council meetings (respectively). Following the third reading, the Proposed Budget (with the adjustment to the City Council Contingency) will be adopted and will take effect on October 1, 2021.

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