The budgeting process in Watauga begins each year with a City Council Strategic Goal workshop in order to align the City’s strategic initiatives with City Council and citizen priorities.
The City Charter mandates that a proposed budget be filed by the City Manager to the City Council and City Secretary’s Office no later than August 1st for the new fiscal year beginning October 1. The process leading to the budget adoption is participatory and includes a communications plan that encourages input from citizens, boards, City departments, and the City Council.
The budget presents revenues and expenditures from each of the City’s funds. From there, it is discussed during City Council Work Sessions. The FY2019-2020 work sessions were August 5th and August 7th. Public Hearings on the tax rate were held on August 19th and August 26th and the Public Hearing on the budget was held September 9th. The FY2020-2021 Proposed Budget Information can be found on the Budgeting - Proposed 2020-2021 page.