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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 starts with a community survey and then the City Council identifies 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.   

Take Our Surveys and Tell Us What You Think

We want to know what City services you value within each City Council priority area. There are seven different surveys below in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Khmer. Fill out the surveys below to let us know what you think. They will available until early July 2020.




Tiếng Việt


Safety Survey Encuesta de Seguridad Khảo Sát an Toàn ការស្ទង់មតិសុវត្ថិភាព
Jobs Survey Encuesta de Empleos Khảo sát việc làm ការស្ទង់មតិការងារ
Housing Survey Encuesta de Vivenda Khảo sát nhà ở ការស្ទង់មតិលំនៅដ្ឋាន
Racial Equity and Anti-Racism Survey Encuesta de Equidad Racial y Antirracismo Khảo sát công bằng chủng tộc và chống phân biệt chủng tộc ការស្ទង់មតិសមធម៌និងការប្រឆាំងនឹងការរើសអើងជាតិសាសន៍
Access Survey Encuesta de Acceso Khảo sát truy cập ការស្ទង់មតិចូលប្រើ
Engagement Survey Encuesta de Compromiso Khảo sát sự tham gia ការស្ទង់មតិចូលរួម
Health Survey Encuesta de Salud Khảo sát sức khỏe ការស្ទង់មតិសុខភាព


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.

Balance the Budget with Interactive Tool

Tell us how you would balance the General Fund Budget by filling out Balancing Act. Balancing Act is a new, interactive tool where you can balance the City's budget by demonstrating what services you think should receive funding. You can then share this information online or with friends and also submit it to the City as feedback on the 2021-2022 Budget.


Try the Balancing Act Budget Tool 


Community Meetings

Check back on this website or follow the City's social media in the coming weeks for information on community meetings.