Flagstaff's 2020 budget approaching completion

Mayor Coral Evans (left)listens to the Flagstaff City Council members Jan. 15. The Flagstaff City Council met Tuesday to discuss topics including press limits inside Flagstaff City Hall.

The budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 is entering the final review processes before being solidified, as workers for various city departments and city council spent three days reviewing the draft budget.

The total financial resources available for 2020 will be $261,023,696, a 6.8% decrease from this current budget. As far as appropriations, water services will receive the largest part of the budget at 21.7% followed by the fire and police departments at 16.2%.

The sustainability and environmental management sections will receive the smallest portion at only 0.4%, but these programs draw revenue from other sources including the city's environmental management fee.

Other highlights of the draft include pay raises based off merit, health insurance premium increases, infrastructure funding, several new positions within city departments and additional funding to services. The budget also aims to further the 12 goals set by the council in 2017, including affordable housing and climate change action. City Manager Barbara Goodrich penned a budget transmittal letter on April 8 where she described the budget as balanced.

"While it is balanced in the traditional financial meaning of the word, more importantly, it is balanced in what is offered to our community," Goodrich wrote in the letter.

The draft budget can be viewed online and the final budget will be adopted during the June 18 city council meeting, according to the council's working calendar.