The Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) City Manager Recommended Budget was presented to the City Council at the Work Session on April 21, 2020, with a focus on flexibility amid the to-be-determined economic impacts of COVID-19.
The FY2021 recommended expenditure budget is $388.3 million, with transfers of $40.7 million, for total use $429 million. This amount sets the ceiling for how much the city has the authority to spend.
“As we continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 on future revenue collections, we’ve developed a budget strategy that will allow us, if needed, to make adjustments to lower spending to maintain a balanced budget,” says City Manager Michael Frazier.
The recommended budget includes $111.2 million for planned Capital Improvement Projects. This includes $40.7 million to begin voter-approved 2017 GO Bond projects including, Greenway Road; Fire Station 308; and the Public Safety Evidence and Readiness Center. $31.2 million will fund critical water and sewer projects.
The budget also includes three full-time employees to support water reclamation and collections services and 1.5 employees to support fleet operations. These positions have no new impacts to the General Fund.
The budget process kicked off in October 2019 and a budget retreat was held on March 27, 2020. The FY2021 budget forecast developed between October and February was revised as a result of the Presidential National Emergency Declaration issued on March 13, 2020.
A public hearing and Council’s Tentative Budget adoption is scheduled for the May 5 Regular Council Meeting; with final budget adoption scheduled for the June 2 meeting. These public meetings begin at 6 p.m. They are carried live on Surprise TV and online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv. You can also follow the budget process and see the City Manager’s Recommended Budget at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.