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Guided by the City's strategic plan and citizen input, City Council and City staff members develop the budget every two years. This biennial budget provides for the financial planning, control, and evaluation of City revenue and spending. The City manages 37 funds that support their respective city activities. The General Fund supports public safety, library services, administrative services, engineering, and Parks and Recreation. City utilities – such as water, wastewater, and sanitation – each have separate funds.

City of Walla Walla 2019-2020 Biennium Budget:

Previous Years Budget Information:

Budget Process

The budgeting process is a continuous planning cycle. Prior to the formal budget planning phases held every evenly numbered year (outlined below), city council and staff review the city's strategic plan and update as needed. Citizen input and review of the city's financial condition also determines any strategy update.

City Council work sessions, public hearings, and budget adoption follow a timetable set by Washington State law that ends with the adoption of the budget before the end of the year. The budget year begins January 1.

Budget Preparation (January - March)

  • Strategic plan presented at City Council Retreat
  • Budget guidelines established based on strategic plan

Budget Requests (June - July)

  • City Council approves strategic plan
  • Departments develop departmental budgets

Proposed Budget (August - September)

  • Department managers present preliminary budgets to city manager
  • City manager and departments present budget requests to Finance Committee

Approved Budget (October - November)

  • City Manager presents comprehensive budget at Council Work Session
  • Council deliberates proposed budget
  • Public hearings for budget and property tax levy are held

Adopted Budget (December)

  • City Council conducts final budget review public hearing
  • City Council adopts budget
  • Budget becomes effective January 1

Post-Adoption

  • Finance Department issues quarterly amendments
  • Finance Department issues quarterly financial reports
  • City Council and city leadership team review strategic plans as related to budget planning
  • City gathers citizen input

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