Bainbridge officials outline schedule for adoption of 2015-16 biennial budget

Talk on next year’s spending plan for the city of Bainbridge Island is expected to intensify over the next two months.

Finance Director Ellen Schroer presented a budget calendar to the city council Monday that charts the city’s expected progress on its 2015-16 biennial budget.

Work on the city’s next budget actually began in May, Schroer noted.

Through July and August, city staff will talk with the council about the capital improvement program and Bainbridge’s financial policies.

A larger discussion on the budget is planned for next week’s council meeting.

Discussions on capital projects funding will also continue through the end of July, with a public hearing on capital improvements before the planning commission on July 24.

A separate review on the capital improvement program is planned for the Utility Advisory Committee in July or August.

The council is expected to have a discussion on community service funding at its Aug. 4 meeting.

Later in August, at the Aug. 18 council meeting, consultants will give a presentation on priority based budgeting.

Community outreach on the two-year budget is planned for early September, after Labor Day.

City Manager Doug Schulze will present the administration’s proposed budget to the public and city council on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

“It then becomes your budget to discuss and deliberate and approve,” Schroer told the council Monday.

Council deliberations on the city’s next spending plan will continue through October and November.

The council is expected to have its first reading of the ordinances for the 2015-2020 Capital Facilities Plan, the biennial budget, property taxes for 2015, and water, sewer and surface water management rates for 2015 on Oct. 7.

Public hearings on those ordinances are planned for Oct. 28.

The council is expected to take a final vote on the budget Tuesday, Nov. 25.

“We are targeting adoption right before Thanksgiving,” Schroer said.

The city adopted a budget of $30.4 million in 2013.


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