Budget & Fiscal Policy

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Function

The Office of Budget and Fiscal Policy oversees budgetary and fiscal recommendations and policies for every City agency. We consider the intersection between public policy and revenue realities to design and implement the City’s budget each year.

Contact Information

Department of Finance
Office of Budget & Fiscal Policy
 
68 Mitchell Street
Suite 10100
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Tel: 404.865.8474

Shawn A. Gabriel
Interim Budget & Fiscal Policy Chief 
sagabriel@atlantaga.gov   
Tel: 404.330.6949
Fax: 404.739.3323 
      
Jessime McGarity
Director Budget Administration
jmcgarity@atlantaga.gov
Tel: 404.330.6902
Fax: 404.546.8066 

 


 

Creating the City Budget: A Quick Overview

There are four main entities involved in conceptualizing and finalizing the budget.

 

The Mayor

  • Prepares and submits the proposed annual budget ordinance to the governing body no later than its first regular meeting in May, preceding the commencement of the fiscal year
  • Considers the resolution submitted by City Council’s Finance/Executive Committee, based on council members’ suggestions for budget priorities
  • Mayor and chief financial officer (CFO) may choose to consider the resolution in preparing the budget

 

City Council

  • Holds one or more public hearings on the proposed budget; advertises said meeting(s) in a general-circulation newspaper at least seven (7) days before the date of the hearing
  • Amends the proposed annual budget as many times as necessary, so long as the final version allows for all legal and Charter-mandated expenditures
  • City Council has until June to adopt the annual budget for the upcoming fiscal year

 

Budget Commission

  • Works alongside City Council to submit an anticipated revenue report to the mayor for use in preparing the budget
  • Upon filing revenue anticipations, needs no approval or disapproval, as they are binding upon the City Council

 

Chief Financial Officer

  • Five days before the meeting at which the final budget will be submitted to the City Council, the CFO must provide a complete detailed written copy of the final version of the budget

 

Operating Budget Policies

City Council adopts general, special revenue and debt service fund budgets with the level of legal budgetary control that the office level establishes. The city must have a balanced budget (spending no more than it takes in) each year. It also must have controls in place to maintain compliance with legal budgetary provisions. City Council must approve appropriations for capital projects on an individual basis, at the project’s initial approval.

 

 

Budget Review Calendar

December-January

All Departments prepare, enter and upload data

February

Finance Executive
Full Council Meetings
Adoption of 5 Yr. Plan  

March

Budget Kick-off
Finance Executive Meeting

April

Updates to Budget
Proposed Budget Book Draft Review & Finalization

May

Finance Executive Meetings
Budget Overview/Department Briefings
Full Council Meetings
Special Called Council Meeting

  •  Budget Amendments
  • Public Hearings for Tax Millage Rate (Morning & Evening)

June

Budget Commission meets to Approve anticipations
Full Council Meeting
Mayor Approves/Vetoes Adopted Ordinances

 

Note: Dates and times will be added as they become available.  All dates are subject to change.
*If the date has changed to suit the operating schedule, but is different in the code, indicate that with an asterisk.

Budget Documents

The Budget Documents listed here presents a high level view of how the City’s Revenues and Expenditures are allocated.  Previous years documents provide a year to year comparison.

 Fiscal Year  Proposed Budget Adopted Budget 
 2020  Download PDF  Download PDF
 2019  Download PDF  Download PDF 
 2018  Download PDF  Download PDF
 2017  Download PDF  Download PDF
 2016  Download PDF  Download PDF
 2015  Download PDF  Download PDF
 2014  Download PDF  Download PDF
 2013  Download PDF  Download PDF
 2012  Download PDF  Download PDF
 2011  Download PDF  Download PDF
 2010  Download PDF  Download PDF

 

Monthly Financial Reports

The Monthly Financial Reports are instrumental in validating the month to month impact of the General Fund Budget.  This Variance Analysis report offers a detailed picture of the budgeted vs. actual accounting of Revenues and Expenditures.

 Fiscal Year 2019  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May
 Fiscal Year 2018  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May
 Fiscal Year 2017  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May
 Fiscal Year 2016  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May
 Fiscal Year 2015  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May
 Fiscal Year 2014  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May
 Fiscal Year 2013  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May
 Fiscal Year 2012  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May
 Fiscal Year 2011  July  Aug  Sept  Oct  Nov  Dec  Jan  Feb  Mar  Apr  May

Five-Year Financial Plan

The City’s introduction of a five year planning process allows the City to identify future revenue and expense trends and proactively identify ways to improve financial viability.  A five-year plan is a critical forecasting tool for the City.  The refinement of assumptions, historical trends and policy decisions will have a direct impact on the City’s ability to address volatile economic conditions.

 

Fiscal Year  Five Year Plan
 2020  Download PDF
 2019 Download PDF
 2018  Download PDF
 2017  Download PDF
 2016  Download PDF
 2015  Download PDF
 2014  Download PDF
 2013  Download PDF
 2012  Download PDF
 2011  Download PDF

 

Related Links

Popular Annual Financial Report for Year Ended June 30, 2012

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Year Ended June 30, 2012
 

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