Did or could you consider a Fiscal Advisory Committee made up of residents?

We considered the request and determined the best way was to incorporate the ideas and viewpoints from all residents. 

We have initiated an encompassing resident engagement process for the 2021 budget plan. This includes adding more opportunities and ways for residents to provide input into the budget process, Financial Management Plan and the proposed 2021 budget (when ready). 

The public meetings scheduled for May 19 and August 18 are both prior to the council setting the initial maximum tax levy in September.

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1. How many departments prepare a budget?
2. Where do multi-use paths fall within the budget and can that be shown as its own line item?
3. What opportunities will there be to comment on the preliminary budget after it is approved in September?
4. Why does the Truth in Taxation hearing occur so late in the budget process?
5. Does the city use a top-down or bottom-up budget process?
6. Do departments receive any instructions on how to prepare budgets? Who set the instructions?
7. Did or could you consider a Fiscal Advisory Committee made up of residents?
8. When will the 2020 Budget document be posted online?
9. When do you plan to update the Financial Management plan for the next five years?
10. Does the Hopkins compare itself with other Cities?
11. Why does the City issue debt?
12. Will revenue considerations that affect decisions on the upcoming zoning changes be made?
13. Commercial property bring in more revenue, is the city focusing on them over residential apartment buildings?
14. What is the outcome of the Moline parking ramp settlement? How does it affect the budget? What documents are available online?