On August 14th, the City Council will hear the budget proposal for 2018 and determine whether or not to put the referendum on the ballot for November. These are two separate tasks.
We will be hosting three public (“State of the Streets”) meetings prior to the November 7th election where voters will weigh in with their support or denial of the dedicated tax. If supported, we will focus efforts on establishing support within the state legislature for their approval. If allowed, the 1/2% dedicated sales tax would likely go into effect in August or November of 2018.
In regards to the budget, the council will review my proposal on August 14th, which begins the public process of decision making. After months of consideration and reflecting the needs of our organization, my team and I will already have made our budget determinations – the Council will then get to make theirs. They have ultimate authority on the property tax levy and will commit to levy percentage on or before September 30th. We then move into finalizing the budget for 2018, and will be locked into a “not to exceed” levy, meaning it can go down from what was set at the end of September before the final 2018 budget is approved by Council at the end of December, but not above. It is common to have things move around a little bit – sometimes there are unexpected expenses or revenues.