2017 Budget in Brief
This document provides highlights from the City’s $64.9 million budget in an easy-to-read guide that explains how city revenues – including your tax dollars – are used to provide essential services for the residents and businesses in Gahanna. To view completed Budget in Brief please click here.
2017 Adopted Budget
Gahanna’s annual budget is one of the most important and informative documents City officials, staff and citizens will use. It is the financial plan for the year, identifying the City’s priorities and policy environment, and reporting department activities and performance. The 2017 proposed budget document was submitted to the Gahanna City Council on October 24th, 2016. The entire 2017 Proposed Budget document is available here
. Please check the calendar below to participate in the budgeting process. The adopted budget became effective on January 1.
Navigating the Adopted Budget Document
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General Fund/City Department Sections
Capital Needs Assessment 2017-2021
The Capital Needs Assessment is a critical component of the City’s long-term financial management and forecasting process. In the spring and early-summer of each year, City staff review and update the prior year’s Capital Needs Assessment and document emerging projects and issues in the five-year planning horizon. The updated Capital Needs Assessment is shared with City Council and the public in advance of the budget process, in order to provide ample time to discuss the identified projects and determine which projects should be included in the annual budget request. On June 13th, 2016 the updated Capital Needs Assessment was introduced to City Council for review. Click here
to view the complete document.
Annual Budget Process
We invite you to be involved in the budgeting process. Please review all of the documents on this page. You will find current financial documents to the right of this page. Attend public meetings and participate in the public forums (see calendar below). We encourage and welcome feedback in person or by emailing the City at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gahanna’s annual budget is one of the most important and informative documents City officials, staff and citizens will use. It is the financial plan for the year, identifying the City’s priorities and policy environment, and reporting department activities and performance.
Developing the City’s budget is a year-round process that ends each December with the final formal adoption of the budget by City Council. Key milestones of the process are the submission of the state mandated tax budget each July to the County, completion and presentation of the annual Capital Needs Assessment, and then Council’s formal adoption of the budget.
The City of Gahanna is required by Ohio Rev. Code 5705 to adopt an appropriation ordinance on or about the first day of each fiscal year. This appropriation ordinance controls expenditures at the fund and department level (the legal level of control). The appropriations may be amended or supplemented by Council during the year as required, by action of Council. The appropriation ordinance sets spending limitations within each fund and department by category: salaries & benefits, operating expenditures, and capital outlay. City Council, in the appropriations ordinance, gives the Finance Director the authority to make transfers up to $3,000 between appropriation line items within any department and fund. Any requests in excess of $3,000 must be approved by Council.
Unencumbered appropriations lapse at year-end and are returned to fund balance. Encumbrances outstanding at year-end are carried forward in the following year. The prior year appropriations corresponding to these encumbrances are also carried forward in order to provide budgetary authority for these expenses.
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