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File #: 23-0370    Name: Consideration of a Resolution to Establish FY 2023 Budget Guidance
Type: Resolution Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/5/2022 In control: City Council Legislative Meeting
On agenda: 11/9/2022 Final action:
Title: Consideration of a Resolution to Establish FY 2024 Budget Guidance. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]
Attachments: 1. 23-0370_ FY24 Budget Guidance Resolution, 2. 23-0370_Final Resolution - RES NO 3111

City of Alexandria, Virginia







DATE:                     NOVEMBER 9, 2022


TO:                                          THE HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL






DOCKET TITLE:                     


Consideration of a Resolution to Establish FY 2024 Budget Guidance. [ROLL-CALL VOTE]




ISSUE:  Consideration of a Resolution to Establish FY 2024 Budget Guidance.


RECOMMENDATION:  That City Council adopt the FY 2024 Budget Guidance Resolution (Attachment). This resolution will provide guidance to the City Manager to be used in the preparation of the Proposed FY 2024 Operating Budget and Proposed FY 2024 to FY 2033 Capital Improvement Program to be presented on February 28, 2023, for City Council consideration.


BACKGROUND:  The attachment in this docket reflects guidance adopted in prior resolutions, updated with FY 2024 budget development information. The City Council Retreat will be held on November 5, 2022, at which time staff will present an economic outlook and estimated budget gap for FY 2024 not including employee compensation increases beyond merit pay, supplemental funding requests from departments and other agencies, or capital project increases beyond the current funding plan.


City Council has since the FY 2007 budget process annually adopted a resolution that provides the City Manager with guidance for the preparation of the forthcoming budget and 10-year Capital Improvement Program. The proposed Budget Guidance Resolution for the FY 2024 Operating Budget and FY 2024 to FY 2033 Capital Improvement Program reflects many of the same principles and features as the FY 2023 Council adopted Budget Guidance Resolution with the following changes:


(1)                     The City Manager shall propose for Council consideration a proposed operating budget and 10-year Capital Improvement Program and one alternative budget scenario; and


(2)                     One budget scenario will be recommended to balance the budget if the real estate tax rate remains at its current level, and one will include recommendations for a real estate tax or other tax rate increases.


As always, staff will seek to absorb as many cost increases as possible by identifying efficiencies, increasing cost recovery, and reducing lower priority services to fund higher priority needs. The reduction options may contain service reductions and program cuts or eliminations which will be selected based on City priorities from this options list. The flexibility to consider a real estate tax rate increase would provide greater opportunity to prioritize and minimize service eliminations while also addressing unmet or underserved needs, particularly in the areas related to employee compensation, capital project funding, the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery from it, climate change, race and social equity, and technology.





ATTACHMENTS: FY 2024 General Fund Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program for FY 2024 to FY 2033 Budget Guidance Resolution.



Amanda Hamm, Assistant Director, Management and Budget