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2017-2018 Biennial Budget

The City’s 2017-2018 Adopted Biennial Budget reflects a continued commitment to strong financial responsibility and is a framework for how the City plans to use its resources to serve the community. Through careful financial management, use of recurring revenues to fund recurring expenditures, and targeted reductions, the Adopted Budget for 2017-2018 is balanced and allows the City to maintain, and in some cases, expand current levels of service.


Additionally, the 2017-2018 Adopted Budget provides funding for deferred maintenance (including $5 million to replace the City’s aging fleet as well as a bonding effort to update the Tacoma Dome) and strategic infrastructure investments (including street maintenance and repair and capital projects). Through the use of one-time savings from 2015-2016, the City plans to fund one-time investments in equity, economic development, and social services enhancements, in response to residents’ desire to make Tacoma a more welcoming and livable community.


 Watch a Video Outlining the 2017-2018 Biennial Budget 



The video is also available in these languages:

Spanish | Korean | Vietnamese | Russian | Khmer


Proposed Budget Worksessions

The 2017-2018 Proposed Budget City Council Worksessions were held in October and November. Presentations can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Budget Development

The City Manager worked with individual departments to develop a balanced budget, which he presented to the City Council on October 4, 2016.  


The City Council’s and City Manager’s priorities for the 2017-2018 Budget include:

  • Infrastructure – Improve pedestrian and bike safety, energy efficiency, and streets conditions
  • Safety – Address safety concerns and improve community based approaches (outreach, positive relationships, communication)
  • Housing/Homelessness – Address the length of time of homelessness and repeated incidents of homelessness and increase affordable housing
  • Economic Development – Facilitate increases in private investment  

2017-2018 Adopted Budget Document

Cover of 2017-2018 Proposed Budget Book



The 2017-2018 Budget was approved by the City Council in November of 2016. 


Read the 2017-2018 Adopted Biennial Budget document.


2017-2022 Capital Facilities Program

The Capital Facilities Program is a companion document to the Capital Facilities Element of the City of Tacoma’s Comprehensive Plan. The Capital Facilities Element addresses the City’s capital facilities planning approach and policy framework, while the Capital Facilities Program is an implementing strategy and important filter that demonstrates that the Capital Facilities Element is financially realistic.


Access the Capital Facilities Program

Capital Facilities Program - Full Book


image of the document cover

Previous versions of the Capital Facilities Program are available on the Financial Reports webpage

Requirements of the State's Growth Management Act

The Capital Facilities Program and the Capital Facilities Element, jointly, fulfill the requirements of the State of Washington’s Growth Management Act (GMA) that the comprehensive plan of each jurisdiction planning under the Act shall include a capital facilities plan element consisting of:

  • An inventory of existing capital facilities owned by public entities, showing the locations and capacities of the capital facilities.
  • A forecast of the future needs for such capital facilities.
  • The proposed locations and capacities of expanded or new capital facilities; 
  • At least a six-year plan that will finance such capital facilities within projected funding capacities and clearly identifies sources of public money for such purposes.
  • A requirement to reassess the land use element if probable funding falls short of meeting existing needs and to ensure that the land use element, capital facilities plan element, and financing plan within the capital facilities plan element are coordinated and consistent. (RCW 36.70A.070)

The Capital Facilities Program and the Capital Facilities Element are also intended to achieve, primarily, the following planning goal of the GMA:

Ensure that those public facilities and services necessary to support development shall be adequate to serve the development at the time the development is available for occupancy and use without decreasing current service levels below locally established minimum standards. (RCW 36.70A.020)


Developing the 2017-2022 Capital Facilities Program

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Capital Facilities Program Proposed Project list for 2017-2022 on June 15, 2016, before making a recommendation to City Council. 

Public Hearing Materials

Give Us Your Input

The City of Tacoma is constantly striving to better understand the wants and needs of our community, but we can't do it without your help.


As part of the 2017-2018 budget development process, the City sponsored the City Services Expo, T-Town event. More than 2,000 people attended the event and 780 provided the City with feedback on their priorities for 2017-2018. 


In addition, the Office of Management & Budget provided information online and collected 190 responses to an online survey on the quality and importance of city services. The Office of Management & Budget also hosted ten meetings with more than 380 participants to gain feedback on the budget. 


Stay tuned for ways to get involved in the 2019-2020 budget process.