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File #: 20-3854   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: City Council Special Session
On agenda: 6/26/2020
Posting Language: City Council Budget Goal Setting Session establishing budget policy direction that will guide the development of service priorities for the FY 2021 Proposed Budget and the FY 2022 Budget Plan to include possible action on matters presented and discussed. [Maria Villagomez, Deputy City Manager; Scott Huizenga, Director, Management and Budget]
Attachments: 1. Financial Policies-Goal Setting Session FY 2021, 2. GPA_SASpeakUp Results, 3. FY 2021 Goal Setting Session - Police, 4. Update on Resiliency and Recovery Plan, 5. FY 2021 Goal Setting Session - Public Health Focus, 6. FY 2021 Goal Setting Session - PW, 7. FY 2021 Goal Setting Session - HOT, 8. FY 2021 Goal Setting Session-Combination File.pdf
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DEPARTMENT: City Manager's Office

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Maria Villag?mez



City Council Goal Setting Session for the FY 2021 Budget


On June 26, 2020, the City Council FY 2021 Budget Goal Setting Session will be held. The purpose of the Budget Goal Setting Session is to discuss the FY 2021 Trial Budget, discuss potential reductions and obtain City Council policy direction that will guide the City Manager and staff in developing the FY 2021 Proposed Budget and the FY 2022 Budget-Plan. City Council may take action to approve certain policy and priority matters related to the Budget Goal Setting Process.


The City of San Antonio's fiscal year begins on October 1, and ends September 30. Each year the City Manager transmits a budget development calendar to the City Council with key dates for each phase of the budget process. The phases include (1) Trial Budget & Five-Year Financial Forecast and public input before the budget is prepared, (2) City Council Budget Goal Setting Session, (3) Proposed Budget for the upcoming fiscal year, (4) City Council budget worksessions, and public input meetings/public hearings on the proposed budget, and (5) adoption of the Budget for the next fiscal year. The Annual Operating and Capital Budget must be approved by the City Council not later than September 27 of every year in accordance with the City Charter.

Trial Budget & Five Year Financial Forecast: On June 18, 2020, City Council was provided a briefing on the City's Five Year Financial Forecast covering Fiscal Year 2021 through Fiscal Year 2025 as well as the FY 2021 Trial Budget.

As a result of the impact of COVID -19 on the economy, financial challenges are expected in FY 2021. On June 18, the City Manager presented a Trail Budget to City Council for the General Fund, Hotel Occupancy Tax, Airport Fund, and Development Services Fund.

The Trial Budget includes certain revenue and expe...

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