City Budget

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The Finance Division is primarily responsible for the development and preparation of the City of Novato's annual operating budget and Capital Improvement Program budget.

The City of Novato adopts its budget each June for the following fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. The budget, while a financial document, is also an important policy document, outlining the City Council’s priorities for the upcoming year and showing where the City's funds will be allocated.

Adopted Budget - Fiscal Year 2018/19

City Council Budget Feedback

The City budget process for the 2017/18 fiscal year began in February 2017 and has included a series of community workshops held on March 25, March 30, and April 5 in Hamilton, San Marin and Downtown; the Capital Improvement Program City Council work session on April 18, 2017, the Operating Budget work session on April 25, 2017, and continued discussion and budget direction received from the City Council at its May 9 & 16, 2017 and June 6, 2017 meetings. The Proposed 2017/18 Budget was published on June 6, 2017. The budget was adopted on June 20, 2017.

Image of pie chart displaying General Fund Expenditures by Category FY 17_18

Image of pie chart displaying General Fund Revenue Sources FY17_18

2017/18 Budget Highlights

Focus on Public Safety – Recommendations in FY 2017/18 for the Police Department focus on rebuilding support services to assist the department’s goals, including adding non-sworn positions to allow sworn staff to return to field duties and lessen the need to perform administrative work; increasing Police Officer recruitment and hiring support; increasing overtime and training budgets to support both existing and newly-hired staff; and continuing the crime analysis program and the Novato Response Team.

Invest in Maintenance – This budget continues investment in the streets crack-sealing program and investments in Parks and Islands special projects begun last year; and continuing and enhancing the partnership with the Downtown Streets Team focused on community clean-up and homelessness outreach.  Capital improvements and renovations are also planned at parks and facilities, including the Police Department, Hill Recreation Area, and Dogbone Meadow.

Implement Climate Action Plan – With community and Council desire to implement the City’s Climate Action Plan, the budget adds one new full-time Sustainability Coordinator and has committed to “deep green” status for our City power needs through MCE (Marin Clean Energy).  

Support Youth and Senior Programs – Revenues are increasing in several different recreation program areas, necessitating additional resources for the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department. The recommendations add a 0.75 Gymnastics Instructor for preschool and recreation classes.  The position is fully cost-covered by reallocating $20,000 in part-time hourly funding and recognizing increasing program revenues.

Public Engagement and Outreach – With continued emphasis on community engagement and communication, the budget recommends additional operating budget for website enhancements, communications planning, support staff, citywide outreach training and outreach to our Hispanic population.

Foster Economic Development – The budget continues funding the Hamilton Base Reuse Program, business retention and attraction, and the Shop Local program in 2017/18.  The restructured management and support staffing will also contribute to a stronger and more robust economic development effort.

Invest in Employees – The budget invests in our employees by continuing a focus on enhanced technology to best serve our community; employee training; implementing an employee reward and recognition program; and overall improving staffing levels to enhance staff’s ability to respond to the service needs of the community which enhances employee morale and job satisfaction.

Prior Years Adopted Budgets



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