City of Lewiston 2023 Summer Magazine & Program Guide

YOUR CITY BUDGET An annual budget isn't just a set of dry numbers. It's a reflection of a community's values, priorities, and hopes for the future. In Idaho, government the City Council for potential approval. Carol Maurer | PublicInformation Officer |

Community Education and Engagement

municipalities have to craft budgets that cover only the next 12 months, which project revenue and costs, identify which services will be funded and for whom, and layout plans for key projects. But creating a budget that truly serves the public requires more than just crunching numbers. It calls for a strategic plan that takes into account the diverse perspectives of everyone who has a stake in the community's success - from residents and business owners to government officials and public employees. From initial development to final implementation, every step of the budget process is critical to ensuring that a public agency's resources are used in a way that truly benefits the community. Wondering how the City of Lewiston tackles its annual budget?The process typically kicks off a few months into the fiscal year and takes about five months from start to finish. Here's an overview of the stages involved: - The Mayor and staff develop the budget proposal. - Community education and engagement efforts ensue. - The budget is approved, adopted, and implemented. - Ongoing communicating and engaging efforts.

The City of Lewiston is committed to engaging its residents in the budget planning and approval process. By soliciting input from the community, the City can ensure that the budget aligns with the needs and priorities of its citizens. Here are some of the ways in which the City engages residents: - Open houses, where community members can ask questions and provide feedback directly to city officials. - Needs surveys, which allow residents to share their priorities for city services and programs. - Budget guides, which provide a clear and accessible overview of the proposed budget and how it will be allocated. - Online interaction, such as social media posts and web broadcasts, to reach a wider audience and facilitate remote participation. The budget is a critical tool for shaping the future of the community, and the City of Lewiston understands the importance of involving its residents in the process. That's why the City produces two informative budget guides each year, which provide an in-depth look at the proposed budget and upcoming meetings. You can find these guides on the City's website, along with information about how to get involved and make your voice heard. Prior to the proposed budget going to the City Council for adoption, each member of the legislative body receives budget information and is expected to review it and ask questions during budget work sessions. Budget Approval, Adoption, and Implementation Upcoming Budget Work Sessions: 1. Date: Monday, May 8, 2023 | Time: 3 PM | Location: Bell Building, 215 D Street, Lewiston, ID 83501 | Topics: Internal Service Funds (Workers Compensation, Fleet, and IT); Police Retirement, Perpetual Care, and Cemetery Fund

Each approved City of Lewiston budget covers the operational period from October 1st to September 30th.

4 | services. These budget requests undergo review by the Mayor and finance office. The Mayor holds budget meetings with department directors and their staff, as well as finance staff, to discuss these requests and other budgeting functions. The Mayor then drafts a recommended budget with the finance office. Finally, the proposed budget is submitted to The budget preparation process begins with identifying budget objectives and operating budget requests. Department directors collaborate with program managers to assess their department's needs and may request additional funding for Mayor and Staff Develop Budget Proposal

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