What is the process for preparing and updating the budget?

City departments begin developing their budget in April. Revenue forecasts are updated and public input is gathered during the summer to be reviewed in August. The City Manager submits estimates of revenues and expenditures to the Council in August. A preliminary budget is developed in September and hearings are held in October with Council approval of the budget in November. By law, the City must adopt a balanced budget by December 31.

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1. What is Spokane Valley's sales tax rate?
2. Can we pay our property taxes at the City?
3. How are property taxes calculated?
4. How do I start a business in Spokane Valley?
5. How can I get on the City's Vendor List?
6. How can I bid on City projects?
7. What is the City’s total budget?
8. How can I get a copy of the City’s budget?
9. Where does the City get its money (what are the revenue sources)?
10. What is the General Fund and what is it used for?
11. Are there other funds beside the General Fund?
12. What types of expenses does the City have?
13. Does the City have controls or limits on spending?
14. How much debt does the City have?
15. What is the process for preparing and updating the budget?