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2021-2022 Biennial Budget Development

Development is Underway for the 2021-2022 Biennial Budget 

The biennial budget is under development for 2021-2022. The budget process started with a community survey (conducted November-December 2019) and then the City Council identified priorities to guide budget development and outreach. Over the summer of 2020, the Office of Management & Budget will conduct community outreach on priorities, impacts of the COVID-19 emergency on City services, and the financial impacts on the 2021-2022 budget. In October 2020, the City Manager will propose a budget to the City Council for their review and adoption before the end of the year.  

Outreach and Community Feedback

Throughout June and July 2020, the Office of Management and Budget hosted online surveys in four different languages and two community workshops to gather input on what resources and services are important to the community as we decide how to balance the City’s budget for 2021-2022. Watch a recording of the July 23rd workshop.


The results of our outreach were shared with the City Council at the August 18, 2020 City Council Study Session. We will be conducting additional outreach in the Fall 2020.  


City Council and City Manager Priorities

The City Council’s and City Manager’s priorities for the 2021-2022 Budget include:

  • Racial Equity– Intentionally work towards overcoming systemic racism and all other forms of oppression with the institution and wider community.
  • Health – Improve health outcomes and reduce inequities for all Tacoma residents.
  • Housing – Decrease the percentage of individuals who are spending more than 45% of income on housing and transportation costs.
  • Access – Improve access and proximity by residents of diverse income levels and race/ethnicities to community facilities, services, infrastructure, and employment.
  • Community Safety – Increase positive public perception of safety and overall quality of life
  • Jobs – Increase the number of Tacoma households that have livable wage jobs within proximity to the city.
  • Engagement – Increase the percentage of residents who believe they are able to have a positive impact on the community and express trust in the public institutions in Tacoma.