The annual budget work session is the time when department heads and the city manager make their presentations to the council.
The finance director and city manager provide projections for the current fiscal year budget and the proposed operating budget for Council review of the next year. In addition, the city manager presents the Council with recommendations for a six-year capital improvements program that is based upon the fall planning session held by the City Council, city manager and department heads.
After much review and debate among Council members, the budget is revised to include any council recommendations. Next, a proposed budget is submitted to the Cleveland City Council by the second council meeting in May.
The Council is required to hold public hearings on the proposed budget and adopt a final budget and tax rate by June 30, the close of the city’s fiscal year.
The appropriated budget is prepared by fund, function (like public safety) and department (like police).