City will host online budget forums in September
- Amy Resseguie, Senior Communications Specialist, 970-416-2738, email@example.com
The City of Fort Collins will host three online budget forums in early September to review the 2022 Recommended Budget. Each session will focus on programs and services recommended for funding within two or three of the City’s seven outcome areas:
- Budget Forum #1: Sept. 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Outcome Areas: Neighborhood Livability & Social Health | Environmental Health
- Budget Forum #2: Sept. 8, 4-5 p.m.
- Outcome Areas: Safe Community | Transportation & Mobility
- Budget Forum #3 :Sept. 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Outcome Areas: Economic Health | Culture & Recreation | High Performing Government
The forums will be held on Zoom; to access the forum and participate, visit ourcity.fcgov.com/2022budget. Live Spanish-language interpretation will be provided.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of City budget and finance staff, and to weigh in on which kinds of City programs and services are most important to fund in 2022. The feedback will be shared with City Council as they make revisions and finalize the 2022 Budget throughout the fall.
While the City typically creates a two-year budget, due to the economic uncertainty related to COVID-19, the City created a one-year budget for 2021 and is doing the same for 2022. The 2022 Recommended Budget will be published online Sept. 1.
Budgeting for Outcomes
The City’s budget is created using the Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process. For 15 years, BFO has helped the City identify and fund various programs and services to achieve different community outcomes. Each community outcome has specific objectives and performance measures that make up the City’s Strategic Plan, and every funded budget item has to impact at least one of those objectives. The Strategic Plan is also updated every two years through extensive community engagement to ensure funded programs and services reflect the desires of the community. City Council unanimously adopted the 2020 Strategic Plan last year.