Mayor and Council



   For the meeting on:

  March 2, 2017
   Department:   Finance
   Responsible staff:  Stacey Webster, Deputy Director of Finance
  phone: (240) 314 - 8407
  SWebster@rockvillemd.gov


Subject
Fiscal Year 2018 Mayor and Council Budget Worksession

Recommendation
Staff recommends that the Mayor and Council review the FY 2018 Proposed Operating Budget and provide direction to staff as needed.

Discussion
This worksession focuses on the proposed operating budget for FY 2018. The total operating budget equals $129.4, an increase of 2.5 percent over the FY 2017 adopted budget. The operating budget funds 10 City departments and non-departmental accounts. Attachment A highlights the expenditure and revenue budgets, position counts, and major budgetary changes for each City department.

All department directors will be available to answer questions. If there is any follow up information as a result of this worksession, staff will compile the requested information and present it to the Mayor and Council at the next budget worksession scheduled for April 3, 2017.

Mayor and Council History
Past Mayor and Council actions related to the FY 2018 budget include:

Date
Action Item
September 12, 2016 Discussion of Operating Budget Process
September 19, 2016 Discussion of Capital Improvements Program (CIP) Budget Process
October 11, 2016 Distribution of Mayor and Council Budget Surveys
November 1, 2016 Budget Public Hearing
November 10, 2016 Mayor and Council Budget Surveys Due
December 12, 2016 FY 2018 Budget Survey Results and Discussion of Budget Priorities
January 9, 2017 FY 2018 Cost Allocation Plan (CAP) Presentation
February 13, 2017 Distribution of FY 2018 Proposed Budget
February 27, 2017 City Manager's Presentation of FY 2018 Proposed Budget;
Introduction of FY 2018 Budget Ordinance;
Introduction of FY 2018 Refuse Fee Resolution;
Introduction of FY 2018 Stormwater Management Fee Resolution

Public Notification and Engagement
The City held the first public hearing related to the FY 2018 budget on November 1, 2016. The remaining public hearings are scheduled for March and April 2017.

In addition to the budget public hearings, the public can submit written comments about the budget via an online form located on the City's website at www.rockvillemd.gov/budget. These comments will be distributed to the Mayor and Council at the close of the public comment period and will be included with the agenda materials for the final budget worksession.

The public comment period closes on April 7, 2017.

Boards and Commissions Review
The Financial Advisory Board will meet several times during the FY 2018 budget process to review the FY 2018 operating budget and CIP, and develop recommendations for the Mayor and Council. One or more members from the Financial Advisory Board will be available for at least one of the Mayor and Council's budget worksessions to present and discuss the Board's recommendations for FY 2018.

Next Steps
Future Mayor and Council actions related to the FY 2018 budget include:

Date *
Action Item
March 2, 2017 Mayor and Council Worksession
March 6, 2017 Public Hearing
April 3, 2017 Public Hearing;
Constant Yield Tax Rate Public Hearing;
Mayor and Council Worksession
April 7, 2017 Close of Budget Public Record
April 17, 2017 Mayor and Council Worksession
May 1, 2017 Adoption of FY 2018 Budget Ordinance;
Adoption of FY 2018 Refuse Fee Resolution;
Adoption of FY 2018 Stormwater Management Fee Resolution
* All dates are subject to adjustment by the Mayor and Council during the budget process.


Attachments
Attachment A - Operating Budget Highlights
AttachA_Worksession_Operating_FY2018_2.pdfAttachA_Worksession_Operating_FY2018_2.pdf

Department Head:



Gavin Cohen, Chief Financial Officer
Approved on: 02/23/2017

City Manager:

Robert DiSpirito, City Manager
Approved on: 02/23/2017