Another function of the Accounting Division is to plan, prepare, and monitor the City’s operating and capital budgets, review the efficiency of City activities and provide assistance to the City Manager and other departments in management planning and evaluation. The budget is prepared in accordance with State statutes and the financial condition is monitored through budget amendments, forecasts, projections, budget reports, etc. The budget is one of the single most important documents that is prepared by the Finance Department. The annual budget document serves as a policy guide, a financial plan, an operating guide and a communication device.
The Accounting Division also serves as a public resource to provide information to citizens, businesses, media, and other stakeholders on budget issues and taxes. It prepares the Annual Operating and Capital Budgets, and reviews the Capital Improvement Program (5 Year CIP).
The budget process begins in March ,as the individual departments prepare objectives, personnel justifications, capital outlay requests, and detail line item expenditure requests for the upcoming year. These are completed and compiled in May for the City Manager to review. The review is completed and adjustments made by mid-June so that the proposed budget can be submitted to the City Council on or about July 1. Budget workshops are conducted in July and into August. Changes resulting from the budget workshops are incorporated into the document and presented for adoption in September. The budget is implemented on October 1: the start of the new fiscal year.
The City of New Port Richey was awarded its first Distinguished Budget Award for FY 2011-2012 by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The City has been a recipient of this award each year since then.
Adopted Operating Budgets:
Capital Improvement Programs:
Comprehensive Schedule of Fees