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Proposed Budget - 2017-18

The City of Austin fiscal year begins on October 1. In the Spring, the City begins the annual budget preparation process which includes opportunities for citizen participation and culminates with the adoption of a final budget in mid-September. Any comments, questions, or suggestions about the City's budget can be sent to COA.budget@austintexas.gov.

Many parts of the budget documents are in Adobe PDF format. To download click Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Proposed Budget Volume 1 - 8/2/2017  pdf
Proposed Budget Volume 2 - 8/2/2017  pdf

Approved Budget - 2017-18

The City of Austin fiscal year begins on October 1. In the Spring, the City begins the annual budget preparation process which includes opportunities for citizen participation and culminates with the adoption of a final budget in mid-September. Any comments, questions, or suggestions about the City's budget can be sent to COA.budget@austintexas.gov.

Many parts of the budget documents are in Adobe PDF format. To download click Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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 Approved Budget Volume 1  pdf
 Approved Budget Volume 2  pdf

Annual Budgets

Property Tax Information and Adopted Budget Vote

This budget will raise more revenue from property taxes than last year's budget by an amount of $ 61,587,721, which is an 11.1 percent increase from last year's budget. The property tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year is $ 12,216,639.

Austin City Council vote by each member on fiscal year 2017-2018 Adopted Budget:

FOR:

AGAINST:

PRESENT and not voting: None

ABSENT: None

City of Austin Property Tax Rates:

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 2017-2018
Property Tax Rate 0.4418 0.4448
Effective Tax Rate 0.4112 0.4107
Effective M&O Tax Rate 0.3148 0.3145
Rollback Tax Rate 0.4418 0.4451
Debt Rate 0.1019 0.1055
2017-2018 Austin General Obligation Debt Service: $183,505,953

 

Raw Budget Data

The comparison of actual expenditures to budget may appear inconsistent. That is because base wages for personnel are fully budgeted in the expense categories regular wages—full-time, regular wages—part-time or regular wages—civil service. The budget does not assume expenditure levels for the various leave categories, such as sick pay, vacation pay, or jury leave. However, actual expenses for various leave categories are recorded based on timesheet coding. The result is that actual expenditures for regular wages are spread across multiple expense categories while the budget is shown in one expense category.

Personnel savings is budgeted to account for the likely savings in personnel costs generated through attrition. However, the savings is realized in the expense categories regular wages—full-time, regular wages --part-time and regular wages—civil service. Therefore, the actual expenditures in the personnel savings expense category will always be zero.

The data contained on this website is for informational purposes only. Certain Austin Energy budget items have been excluded as competitive matters under Texas Government Code Section 552.133 and City Council Resolution 20051201-002.

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Tax Rates

Fiscal Year 2015-16 Rate
Property 45.89 cents per $100 of taxable value
Sales 1% of gross taxable sales
Hotel/Motel Occupancy 9% of room rate
Motor Vehicle Rental 5% of gross rental receipts
Mixed Drink The State of Texas assesses a tax of 14% on the sale of mixed drinks. The City receives 8.3065% of mixed drink tax receipts collected in Austin
Bingo The State of Texas assesses a 5% prize fee on bingo winnings in excess of $5. The City receives 25% of the fee collected on a prize awarded at a bingo game conducted in Austin.
Fiscal Year 2014-15 Rate
Property 48.09 cents per $100 of taxable value
Sales 1% of gross taxable sales
Hotel/Motel Occupancy 9% of room rate
Motor Vehicle Rental 5% of gross rental receipts
Mixed Drink The State of Texas assesses a tax of 14% on the sale of mixed drinks. The City receives 8.3065% of mixed drink tax receipts collected in Austin
Bingo The State of Texas assesses a 5% prize fee on bingo winnings in excess of $5. The City receives 25% of the fee collected on a prize awarded at a bingo game conducted in Austin.
Fiscal Year 2013-14 Rate
Property 50.27 cents per $100 of taxable value
Sales 1% of gross taxable sales
Hotel/Motel Occupancy 9% of room rate
Motor Vehicle Rental 5% of gross rental receipts
Mixed Drink The State of Texas assesses a tax of 14% on the sale of mixed drinks. The City receives 8.3065% of mixed drink tax receipts collected in Austin
Bingo The State of Texas assesses a 5% prize fee on bingo winnings in excess of $5. The City receives 25% of the fee collected on a prize awarded at a bingo game conducted in Austin.
Fiscal Year 2012-13 Rate
Property 50.29 cents per $100 of taxable value
Sales 1% of gross taxable sales
Hotel/Motel Occupancy 9% of room rate
Motor Vehicle Rental 5% of gross rental receipts
Mixed Drink The State of Texas assesses a tax of 14% on the sale of mixed drinks. The City receives 8.3065% of mixed drink tax receipts collected in Austin
Bingo The State of Texas assesses a 5% prize fee on bingo winnings in excess of $5. The City receives 25% of the fee collected on a prize awarded at a bingo game conducted in Austin.

Budget Input

Your City, Your Choice!

The FY 2017-18 Public Engagement Report can be found here.

UPDATE! The Budget Simulator will remain open at this time to allow interested residents to continue engaging with the tool and learning about the City of Austin's Budget. Please note that responses received after July 15th, 2017, will not be included in the FY 2018 Public Engagement Report.

Did you attend a Council Town Hall meeting? Presentation can be found here.

Five-Year Financial Forecast

Council Budget Work Sessions

The City of Austin fiscal year begins on October 1. In the Spring, the City begins the annual budget preparation process which includes opportunities for citizen participation and culminates with the adoption of a final budget in mid-September. Any comments, questions, or suggestions about the City's budget can be sent to BudgetQA@austintexas.gov.

Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget Work Sessions
August 2nd - Proposed Budget
FY 2017-18 Proposed Budget Presentation pdf
August 9th - Budget Work Session
Fire - Strategies to Address Escalating Overtime Cost pdf
AISD - Prospective Service Agreement pdf
Austin Code - Staffing and Service Enhancements pdf
Aviation - Capital Expansion and Staffing Increases pdf
August 16th - Budget Work Session
Development Services - Continued Implementation of Zucker Study Staffing and Service Enhancement Plan pdf
Human Resources - Civilian Employee Pay and Benefits pdf
AISD - Prospective Service Agreement Contd. pdf
August 23rd - Budget Work Session
ACCD and HOT Discussion pdf
Quality of Life Initiatives pdf

Public Budget Meetings at Boards and Commissions

The City of Austin would like to hear your budget priorities for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget. During May and June, the City's boards and commissions will be discussing various department FY 2017-21 Financial Forcast information in public meetings.

Click on the link to the right of each meeting to access agendas, minutes, video footage (if recorded), and back-up materials such as presentation slides. To sign up to speak at a meeting, click on the link and contact the staff liaison listed on the page.

 To sort the list of meetings by name, date or location, click on the header. Or type in the Quick Filter; for example, "parks" to find the Parks Board meeting.

 

DEPARTMENT BOARD / COMMISSION NAME DATE TIME LOCATION LINKS
Animal Services Office  Animal Advisory Commission May 9th
June 13th
6pm Austin City Hall link
Austin Energy  Electric Utility Commission May 16th
June 20th
6pm Town Lake Center link
Austin Water Water and Wastewater Commission May 11th
June 8th
6pm Waller Creek Center link
Austin Resource Recovery  Zero Waste Advisory Commission May 11th
June 8th
6:30pm Austin City Hall link
Austin Fire, Austin Police, Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services  Public Safety Commission May 2nd
June 6th
4pm TBD link
Aviation  Austin Airport Advisory Commission May 10th
June 14th
5pm 2716 Spirit of Texas Drive link
Austin Code  Building Standards Commission May 25th
June 8th
6:30pm Austin City Hall link
Downtown Austin Community Court  Downtown Austin Community Court Advisory Commission May 20th 7:30am Austin City Hall link
Library  Library Commission May 25th
June 22nd
6pm Austin History Center link
Neighborhood Housing and Community Development  Community Development Commission May 10th
June 14th
6:30pm Street-Jones Building link
Parks and Recreation  Parks and Recreation Board May 24th
June 28th
6pm Austin City Hall link
Planning and Development Review  Planning Commission May 10th
May 24th
June 14th
June 28th
6pm Austin City Hall link
Public Works / Transportation  Urban Transportation Commission May 10th
June 14th
6pm Austin City Hall link
Watershed Protection  Environmental Board May 4th
May 18th
June 1st
June 15th
6pm TBD link

 

Budget & Tax Rate Public Hearings

The City Council will hold public hearings on the Proposed Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget on the following dates. Click on the link to the right of the meeting to access agendas and other information. To get information about speaking at a Council Meeting click here.

MEETING DATE TIME LOCATION LINK
 Budget Hearings and Property Tax Rate Hearings  August 17, August 31 4:00 pm Austin City Hall  

Budget Development Reports

The City of Austin fiscal year begins on October 1. In the Spring, the City begins the annual budget preparation process which includes opportunities for citizen participation and culminates with the adoption of a final budget in mid-September. Any comments, questions, or suggestions about the City's budget can be sent to COA.budget@austintexas.gov.

Many parts of the budget documents are in Adobe PDF format. To download click Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Fiscal Year 2016-17

Department Reviews

Department Review Work Session
February 1 - Emergency Medical Services
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
 Overview Video   link
February 8 - Fire
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
 Overview Video   link
February 15 - Police
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
 Overview Video   link
March 1 - Animal Services
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
 Overview Video   link
March 1 - Austin Public Health
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
 Overview Video   link
March 22 - Austin Public Library
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
 Overview Video   link
March 22 - Parks and Recreation
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
 Overview Video   link
April 12 - Development Services Department
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
April 12 - Municipal Court
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
April 12 - Planning & Zoning Department
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf
April 12 - Neighborhood Housing Community Development
 Presentation   pdf
 Activity Pages   pdf

Council's Budget Questions

Current Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR) for the City of Austin are available below. The archives are of prior CAFRs.

Please note: The electronic CAFR is identical to the printed version of the document. The CAFR has not been updated for developments subsequent to the date of the independent auditor's report. Adobe Acrobat Reader Required (best if viewed in Reader 6.0 or above)

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Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2016 pdf

Archived Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Quarterly Financial Reports

Monthly Financial Reports

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Reports
August 2017 pdf
July 2017 pdf
May 2017 pdf
April 2017 pdf
February 2017 pdf
January 2017 pdf
November 2016 pdf
October 2016 pdf
Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Reports
August 2016 pdf
July 2016 pdf
May 2016 pdf
April 2016 pdf
February 2016 pdf
January 2016 pdf
November 2015 pdf
October 2015 pdf
Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Reports
August 2014 pdf
July 2014 pdf
May 2014 pdf
April 2014 pdf
February 2014 pdf
January 2014 pdf
November 2013 pdf
October 2013 pdf

Where does the City get General Fund Money

How does the City spend General Fund Money

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