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Fall Budget Monitoring Process FAQ

What is the Fall BMP?

The Fall Budget Monitoring Process (BMP) is one of three budget monitoring processes that takes place during the fiscal year. The Fall BMP focuses on 1) giving City Council and the public a summary of prior year budget and performance activity (budget monitoring) and 2) providing an opportunity to adjust the current year fiscal budget (supplemental budgeting).

How are decisions made during the Fall BMP?

As with the budget development process, the first step is for bureaus to submit their requested budget changes to the City Budget Office (CBO). These changes should be reviewed with and supported by that bureau’s Commissioner-in-Charge in advance. CBO then conducts analysis and provides recommendations for these decisions to City Council. Council discuses the requested changes and Mayor’s Proposed Supplemental Budget at a Council Work Session, which is scheduled for October 20th and will be available to watch online. The last step is for Council to vote on the Supplemental Budget, which is currently scheduled for October 28th. Per Local Budget Law, there is a Supplemental Budget hearing with an opportunity to provide public testimony before Council takes their vote.



BMP Kickoff Meeting (virtual)

Week of 8/3/2020

BFM Opens to Bureaus

Week of 8/10/2020

IA Changes Communicated to Service Providers


Submittal Due to CBO


CBO Technical Checks Complete


Q&A with Bureaus

9/14 – 9/18/2020

CBO Draft Supplemental Budget Analyses to Bureaus


Final CBO Analysis to Council


Council Work Session


Ordinance Filed


Public Notice Filed


Council Hearing


Changes Posted to SAP (estimated)

10/30 – 11/2/2020

What types of budget decisions are made during the Fall BMP?

The majority of budget adjustments in the Fall BMP are technical in nature, and relate to changes like truing up costs between fiscal years, reallocating resources to better match anticipated revenues and spending, and other minor adjustments based on better information being available since the budget was adopted back in June. Bureaus may also request resources from contingency for urgent and unforeseen needs.

What cuts were made to the Police Bureau budget last Spring?

A detailed summary of the changes is available here.

What is the current budget for the City or a particular bureau? 

You can explore the FY 2020-21 Adopted Budget and historical trends by bureau on this dashboard.

How can I provide comment or input on the Fall BMP?

Council will be holding two Community Budget Virtual Listening Sessions on the Fall Budget Monitoring Process:

  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

  • Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Please click here for more information about how to join and share comments.