The Finance Department is responsible for preparing the City's budget. The Finance Department develops the budget by working with the Mayor, City Council, City Administrator, and department heads to determine the most efficient and effective distribution of funds manner to meet City priorities. The budget is approved and adopted by the City Council. The City's fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.
Budget Regulations & Policies
The adopted budget and any adopted amended budgets for any given fiscal year are provided by the Finance Department to ensure transparency in the distribution and use of City funds. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens so taxpayers can see exactly where their money is going. The Finance Department makes every effort to ensure the documents and other information presented are accurate, reliable, and current. The adopted budget is subject to revisions through proper amendments approved by the City Council during the course of a given fiscal year.
The Recommended Budget has been developed utilizing a proposed tax rate of $0.40861 which is equal to the current tax rate and maintains current service levels throughout all Departments. At this time, the Recommended General Fund Budget has expected excess revenues over $1,300,000. The total Recommended Budget (which includes all Funds) is approximately $18.9 million.
The Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Budget is calculated based on a tax rate of $0.40861 which is comprised of a Maintenance & Operation (M&O) tax rate of $0.330861 per $100 of assessed valuation and an Interest & Sinking (I&S) tax rate of $0.077749 per $100 of assessed valuation. The proposed tax rate is identical to the current tax rate – $0.40861 per $100 of assessed valuation.
THE CITY OF DICKINSON ADOPTED A TAX RATE THAT WILL RAISE MORE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS THAN LAST YEAR'S TAX RATE. THE TAX RATE WILL EFFECTIVELY BE RAISED BY 6.9 PERCENT AND WILL RAISE TAXES FOR MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS ON A $100,000 HOME BY APPROXIMATELY $26.48.