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Study Issues and Budget Proposals

City Council Annual Process for Study Issues and Budget Proposals

The City Council Annual Process for Study Issues and Budget Proposals is year-round. In January, Boards and Commissions rank proposed study issue that fall under their purview. Council holds a public hearing on proposed study issues/budget proposals. In February, Council assigns priority ranking of proposed study issues and Council refers or drops proposed budget proposals at the Study Issues/Budget Proposals Workshop. In March, Council approves presentation dates for study issues recommended to annual Workplan. In June, Recommended Study Issues requiring a budget appropriation and Budget Supplements are reviewed and approved during budget adoption process. During July through October, Study Issue topics continue to be proposed for upcoming Study Issues/Budget Proposals Workshop by Council, the City Manager, or Boards and Commissions. Please note that although study issue topics can be submitted at any time, for an issue or proposal to potentially receive consideration during the next workshop, it should be submitted before October to allow time for staff to prepare materials ahead of the upcoming annual prioritizing process. After October, Boards and commissions proposed study issues are tracked on a running list for the next year’s Study Issues/Budget Proposals Workshop.The public can suggest study issue topics and budget proposals at any time for the City Manager, City Council or a board or commission to sponsor. Staff publishes all City Manager Approved study issue papers and additional workshop materials to the website.

What is a Study Issue?

A study issue is a topic of concern that may result in new or revised city policy. City Council and staff use a formal study issue process to identify, prioritize and manage the review of these topics during each calendar year.

Council Policy 7.3.26 Study Issues Process

Council Sponsored Study Issue Form - For City Council use

How do I Propose a Study Issue?

The public can suggest study issue topics at any time for the City Manager, City Council or a board or commission to sponsor and move forward in the formal process.

You may suggest a study issue for:


If your topic is sponsored, staff will prepare a study issue paper for City Manager approval, and the topic will move to the annual Study/Budget Issues Workshop, where City Council will review it and rank its priority.

Study Issue Papers, Results and Status Reports

What is a Budget Proposal?

A budget proposal is a proposal to add a new City service, eliminate a service or change the level of an existing service.

Council Policy 7.1.7 Budget Proposal Process

How do I Submit a Budget Proposal?

The public can suggest budget proposal at any time for the City Manager, City Council or a board or commission to sponsor and move forward in the formal process.

You may suggest a budget proposal for:


If your topic is sponsored, staff will prepare a budget proposal paper for City Manager approval, and the topic will move to the annual Study Issues/Budget Proposals Workshop, where City Council will review it and drop or refer it to the Budget workshop.

Last Updated: Apr 19, 2022
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