Budgets

The 2015-2016 biennial budget was adopted by City Council on April 28, 2014. The budget outlines services and projects the city will fund for the two-year budget term July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2016.

City Fee Schedules:  

The fee schedule for fiscal year end (FYE) 2014 was adopted during the City Council meeting on July 8, 2013.  

Fiscal Year: July 1 to June 30  

Upon passage, departmental budgets are posted in the City’s accounting records and used as a basis for operations.  Expenditures are monitored by Department heads and the Accounting staff to ensure operations are within the allocated amounts and in compliance with budget priorities approved by Council.

Budget Calendar:

  • June 30 to November 

The Finance Department closes the books, the independent certified public accountants approved by City Council perform an annual audit, and the Finance staff prepares and issues completed Financial Statements.

Click here to review recent financial statements.

  • November- January

The City Manager's Office facilitates Council's annual goal setting sessions.  During these sessions, Council and lead staff work together to set priorities for the pending biennial budget period.  The final goals document approved by City Council helps to guide the shape of the operating budget and to provide benchmarks to help determine staff's success.

  • January - February

Each department prepares budget options and revenue estimates for review by the Finance Department and the City Manager's Office.

  • February

The Finance staff and City Manager's Office continue to review and revise Operation and Capital Budget requests by individual departments.  The 5 year Capital Improvement Plan is presented to the Planning Commission for approval.  Once approved, the CIP will be presented to City Council for their approval.

  • March - April

The Total Operations Budget Requests for the City are presented to Council by the City Manager in a series of public meetings.The budget is approved on two readings, and may be amended or substituted on a second reading. At this time, Agency budgets are also submitted to the City Council for review. 

  • May

The Council passes the budget ordinances and the Mayor signs the budget ordinances into law. If the Council fails to pass a balanced budget by June 30, the City operates on an interim budget until such time as the budget receives final approval by the Council. 

Budget summaries are printed and available at online, at City Hall or the Ferndale Public Library no later than two weeks after its submission to City Council.

  • June

The City Manager's Office prepares Performance Measurement standards to help measure staff's progress in achieving approved Council Goals.