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2019-2020 Biennial Budget Development

Developing the Budget

The 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget is based on the Tacoma 2025 vision set by the community in 2015. In order to ensure that the City is on the right track towards achieving the 2025 Goals, the City also created the 2018 Community Survey where 752 randomly-selected residents evaluated the City and the services it provides.

Based on 2025 and the Community Survey, City Council identified the following strategic priorities and a foundation of equity at their Strategic Planning Work Session:

  • Homelessness
  • Affordable Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Public Safety
  • Walkability
  • Digital Equity
  • Transit Access
  • Regional Coordination
  • Civic Engagement

Throughout the Spring and Summer of 2018, members of the community were asked to help rank these priorities and provide feedback to Council. Whether at the T-Town Services Expo, Neighborhood Council meetings, or six festivals and fairs spread across Tacoma, more than 2,800 residents shared their priorities with City staff during the budget development process.

Sharing the Proposed Budget

The City Manager shared her 2019-2020 Proposed Biennial Budget with City Council on October 2, 2018. The Proposed Budget focuses on achieving the goals the community laid out in Tacoma 2025 by advancing the strategic priorities identified by City Council, on meeting the pressing needs identified by residents, and on reflecting a continued commitment to fiscal responsibility. Read the presentation she gave to Council or watch it on TV Tacoma.

After the budget was proposed, the City hosted four budget town halls in different parts of Tacoma. Residents were encouraged to attend, learn more about the budget, connect with City Staff and community members, and share feedback directly with Council Members.

In addition to in-person engagement, the City shared fact sheets and surveys in six languages (English, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese) and posted facts about the facts on social media.

Whether in person or online, over 800 residents provided feedback on the proposed budget.

 

Adopting the Proposed Budget

Throughout the month of October, Council held Budget Worksessions where they closely examined different elements of the Proposed Budget. A complete report-out of all budget related engagement efforts was presented to Council and Public Hearings were held on October 30 and November 6, 2018.

Changes to the proposed budget based on Council feedback were provided on November 6 and the budget, as amended, was adopted on November 20, 2018. Links to these public meetings are provided below.

 

Budget Hearings and Adoption

Throughout the months of October and November 2018, the Council considered the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget. This process included presentations from departments on what was included in their budgets and how this funding would equitably achieve the Tacoma 2025 Goals. 

 

Once Council heard presentations from the departments and heard feedback from the community, Council made adjustments to the Proposed Budget in preparation to vote. A First Reading of the Budget was on November 13, 2018, and a Final Vote for adoption of the Budget was November 20, 2018. 

 

Watch the Proposed Budget Presentation Video.

 

Meeting Date & Time Location Opportunity for Public Comment  Links
Asset Management, Walkability, and Community Development Budget Worksession October 8, 2018, 12 PM  Council Chambers, 747 Market St.   No

Video

Agenda

Utilities Budget Worksession October 16, 2018, 12 PM Council Chambers, 747 Market St.   No Video

Agenda

Public Safety & Homelessness Budget Worksession October 23, 2018, 12 PM Council Chambers, 747 Market St.   No

Video

Agenda

 
Library and Non-Departmental Worksession October 30, 2018 12 PM Council Chambers, 747 Market St.   No

Video

Agenda

 
Tacoma Venues and Events, Budget Engagement Report-Out, and Recommended Adjustments Budget Worksession November 6, 2018, 12 PM Council Chambers, 747 Market St. No Video
Agenda
First Public Hearing October 30, 2018, 5 PM Council Chambers, 747 Market St.   Yes

Video

Agenda

 
Second Public Hearing November 6, 2018, 5 PM Council Chambers, 747 Market St.   Yes

Video

Agenda

 
First Reading November 13, 2018, 5 PM Council Chambers, 747 Market St.   Yes

Video

Agenda

 
Second Reading & Adoption November 20, 2018, 5 PM Council Chambers, 747 Market St.   Yes

Video

Agenda