The Boise City Council will hold a public hearing on the City of Boise’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget and associated fee changes at their regular 6 p.m. meeting on July 16.
The proposed $764.7 million budget includes a $241.3 million general fund budget for funding basic city services like public safety (police and fire), libraries and parks. The full budget booklet, graphic summaries, an executive summary and Mayor Dave Bieter’s overview message can be viewed online here.
Those interested in testifying can sign in on the sheet located outside of the council chambers before the meeting begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday night. Those unable to attend the meeting, can provide for the public record in advance of next week’s meeting via:
- This online form
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail to: Office of the Mayor; City of Boise; P.O. Box 500; Boise, ID, 83701
All comments will be accepted as part of the record and will be provided to council members for their consideration prior to next week’s meeting.
Tuesday’s hearing will be the final opportunity for residents to weigh-in on the city’s FY 2020 budget. Throughout the year, residents helped shape the draft budget through a number of feedback opportunities, including:
- An “opt-in” survey about budget priorities available to all Boise residents between January 16 – February 25
- A City Council Town Hall on the budget on February 21
- A March 6 focus group discussion on potential changes to how the city manages its fees and charges
- An April 2 focus group session centered on property taxes
The city council held its final budget workshop on June 25, which provided a comprehensive overview of the proposed budget to the public and council members. In advance of the workshop, feedback was solicited via social media, with all feedback being distributed directly to the city council.
As is the case with all council meetings and work sessions, Tuesday’s public hearing and budget deliberation will be streamed live and archived on the City of Boise’s website at cityofboise.org.
Final adoption of the FY 2020 budget is expected in August.