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Budget Planning Tool

Budget Planning

We'd like your help, Waco! We want your feedback on our operating budget planning process!

Use this easy tool to let us know the priorities we should consider! What resources do you feel should be allocated for police, fire, parks and recreation, and code compliance? The input you provide is utilized in developing the City's budget that begins October 1, 2022.

A city's operating budget is funding used to finance all the day-to-day operations and obligations of the City.

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Previous Budgets

Adopted 2021-2022 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2020-2021 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2019-2020 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2018-2019 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2017-2018 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2016-2017 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2015-2016 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2014-2015 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2013-2014 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2012-2013 City of Waco Budget

Adopted 2011-2012 City of Waco Budget

Budget in Brief 2021-2022

Budget in Brief 2020-2021

Budget in Brief 2018-2019

Budget in Brief 2017-2018

Budget in Brief 2016-2017

Budget in Brief 2015-2016

Budget in Brief 2014-2015

Budget in Brief 2013-2014

Budget in Brief 2012-2013

Budget in Brief 2011-2012

About the City of Waco Budget

The budget is developed by staff members in each department, reviewed by the executive team, and presented to the City Council.

Our budget document is developed to take on a number of roles.

  • Policy Document - As the spending plan for the City, the budget implements the policy issues that are decided by the Council. The budget is the single most comprehensive repository of council information that is produced on an annual basis. Such things as capital projects, salary issues, traffic signals, and contingency accounts are implemented through spending programmed in the budget.
  • Financial Plan - The budget lays out revenues anticipated and expenditures programmed for each fund and each department in the city. This is the traditional role of budgets.
  • Operations Guide - The budget document contains department missions, staffing tables, narratives, and highlights that describe the scope of operations. In this sense, the budget not only contains appropriated funds, but also describes services to be provided and staffing to accomplish department missions.
  • Communication Device - The budget document contains several devices designed to communicate its contents readily. Primary among them is the Budget in Brief, a letter from City Manager Bradley Ford. to the City Council that describes the priorities of the budget. Also included is a complete table of contents, a glossary, and a complete fee schedule.

The budget document is available for a nominal charge at City Hall for anyone who would like a copy. The Budget in Brief and the Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets are available online through the links above.

We are proud that our budgets have received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the last twenty years. This award represents the highest achievement in governmental budgeting.

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