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2021 Budget#

2021 City Manager’s Recommended Budget#

2021 City Manager’s Recommended Budget

Full version (393 pages)

The City’s 2021 budget process began with the adoption of the 2020 Strategic Plan.  The 2021 City Manager's Recommended Budget was published on Sept. 1, 2020. It will now be reviewed by City Council and the Fort Collins community for potential modifications prior to Council Adoption in November.

Abbreviated version (119 pages) of the 2021 City Manager's Budget

Budget Timeline:

  • Community Outreach - ongoing, July through November - visit for the latest
  • Sept. 1 - City Manager's Recommended Budget Published
  • Sept. 8 - Council Work Session #1
  • Sept.15 - Public Hearing #1
  • Sept. 22 - Council Work Session #2
  • Oct. 6 - Public Hearing #2
  • Oct. 13 - Council Work Session #3
  • Nov. 4 - Council First Reading
  • Nov. 17 - Council Second Reading

Learn More About the City's Budget Process

View City Manager's Recommended Budget

2020 Budget Revision Process#

The City has a biennial budget that spans two years, although only one year is appropriated (i.e., authorized) annually by City Council. During our Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process all submitted ideas are vetted with each other to create a prioritization that determines which budget requests will be approved.  Accordingly, there is a very important focus on public outreach including community events, online tools and social media to help understand the voice of our community.   

Two years is a long planning horizon, so it is important that City Council has the flexibility to approve changes to the budget based on new information that was not available at the time the Biennial Budget was adopted. One way this is accomplished is through our Budget Revision Process. There are very few requests that are considered during this off-cycle process; typically less than 20 compared to well over 400 in our competitive BFO process. Conceptually, these requests for Council’s consideration to revise year two of our budget should be exceptions based on business need, rather than want or interest. That is the reason public outreach is not conducted as part of the Budget Revision process. 

The proposed changes were reviewed and adopted by Council by Ordinance No 129 on November 5th, 2019.  For more information on the changes that were made to the 2020 Budget, please review the Agenda Item Summary from the First reading on October 15th, 2019.

To see the rest of the 2020 Budget, originally adopted in 2018, please see the 2019-20 Adopted Biennial Budget section below.

2019-2020 Adopted Biennial Budget#

2019-20 Adopted Biennial Budget

Full version (580 pages)

The 2019-2020 Adopted Biennial Budget is based on the 2018 Strategic Plan.  The links below contain details of the Offer Narratives of all funded and unfunded Offers by Outcome.  Within each narrative there are links to view the performance measures included in the Offer.

View Adopted Biennial Budget