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.
Fiscal Year 2019/20 Budget Process Overview
The City budget process for the 2019/20 fiscal year began in February 2019 and will include a community workshop on Saturday, March 30. Additional workshops will be held during regular City Council meetings and public comment will be taken. There will be an Operating Budget City Council work session on April 9, 2019; a Capital Improvement Program City Council work session on April 23, 2019, and continued discussion, public hearings, and budget direction received from the City Council at its May 7, 2019 and June 11 & 25, 2019 meetings.
2018/19 Budget Highlights
Focus on Public Safety – Recommendations in FY 2018/19 for the Police Department focus on continuing services to assist the department’s goals; including adding non increasing staff support for Police Officer recruitment and hiring; continuing training to support both existing and newly-hired staff; and continuing the crime analysis program and the Novato Response Team. The proposed budget for the City of Novato includes one (1) new position for the department that will allow for a new assignment as a School Resource Officer (SRO) to support and strengthen our partnership with the Novato Unified School District.
Invest in Maintenance – Recommendations in FY 2018/19 will provide funding for a streets crack-sealing program and investments in Parks and Islands special projects currently in process; and continuing 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 – In response to community and Council desire to implement the City's Climate Action Plan, the budget continues funding and builds upon success from the initial first year of a full-time Sustainability Coordinator and has committed to “deep green” status for our City power needs through MCE (Marin Clean Energy). In furtherance of the City's "Deep Green" Initiative, the budget includes continued analysis of overall utility costs for facilities citywide, as wells as community outreach and educational efforts such as the Green Film series and other new innovative Green and sustainable projects and programs.
Support Youth and Senior Programs – Staff has increased our production of Special Events by more than three times the total number of events from the prior year and the demand for services continue to increase. As such, there have been slight increases in revenues in several different recreation program areas, necessitating additional staffing and reallocating existing resources for the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department. The budget provides for the reallocation of certain positions and one new position in order to address the community needs, as well as increased financial support for local families.
Public Engagement and Outreach – With a robust community engagement and communication program, the budget is status quo for the upcoming fiscal year with no new or enhanced initiatives.
Foster Economic Development – The budget continues funding the Hamilton Base Reuse Program, additional business retention and attraction activities, and provides funding for a Pilot Tenant Assistance Program. The restructured management and support staffing implemented last year has contributed greatly 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
- Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2017/18
- Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2016/17
- Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2015/16
- Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2014/15
- Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2013/14
- Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2012/13
- Adopted Budget Fiscal Year 2011/12