Phase 1: MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT Budget Development
The City Administrator and Finance Director work with each department to develop departmental budgets that maintain existing efforts. In other words, how much will it cost next year to keep doing what Council approved for the City to do this year? This is called the Maintenance of Effort (MOE) budget.
Phase 2: CITY ADMINISTRATOR'S BUDGET FINALIZED
Based on Council goals, City growth, Citizen requests, or new regulations from the State or Federal Government, departments might need to expand their budget to accommodate service enhancements. Any service enhancements are submitted to the City Administrator for consideration. These are called Service Enhancement Requests (SERs). The City Administrator assesses many different factors in order to prioritize these requests and to determine which ones will be approved as part of his final budget.
Phase 3: Budget Presentation
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On March 22, 2021 Saco’s City Administrator, Finance Director, School Superintendent, and School Finance Director, formally presented their budgets for the new fiscal year:
FY2022 City Administrator's Budget Book
FY2022 Municipal Budget Presentation
During April, department heads present their budgets to the City Council. For some departments, it is the only chance all year to update the public on major accomplishments and challenges.
FY2022 Department Budget Presentations:
The April 5 meeting was postponed due to a wide-spread internet outage.
The following departments will present their budgets on April 12th:
Parks and Recreation
Public Works and Capital
Phase 4: Budget Deliberation & Public Participation
Public COMMENT & Participation
Ready to make your voice heard? Public comment is allowed at the start of every Council meeting. A formal public hearing on the entire budget is scheduled for April 26th. Plan to watch! If you have a question about the budget process or a department presentation, please email email@example.com. We will post the questions and answers on the Q&A page.
Phase 5: Budget Approval
On May 3, 2021, the City Council will hold a workshop for the municipal budget.
On May 10, 2021, the City Council will vote to formally approve the new fiscal year budget. The final approval includes approval of the School Budget, Capital Program, and Departmental Budgets.