It is my privilege to present to you my proposed Fiscal Year 2019 Budget for the City of Temple. The annual budget guides the City’s plan for providing the services, facilities, and infrastructure that has helped make Temple a community of choice. The development and adoption of the annual budget is a task of primary importance for the City Manager and the City Council.
This is an exciting time to be part of this incredible community as we prepare for the future ahead. The strategic and fiscally sound management by Temple’s elected officials over the course of many years has served this community well. I’m fortunate to be Temple’s city manager at a great time. The City continues to implement the largest capital improvement program in the history of the community while we also prepare the big plans that will help us remain a city of choice to live, work, and play.
Great things are happening right now. The City of Temple has excellent, dedicated staff and 2018 has brought new city leadership and a new strategic plan will soon be developed that will lay the foundation for a bright future.
For Fiscal Year 2019, my proposed budget totals $147,853,668 for all funds. This proposed annual budget has been developed with the goal of providing a wide range of high-quality services while maintaining fiscal soundness as the foundation of all that we do.
The proposed property tax rate remains steady at 67.72¢ per $100 valuation.
This year’s budget has been developed within the framework of the strategic plan priorities adopted by the City Council and the budget parameters that I briefed the Council on at the May 17, 2018 budget work session. Those parameters are:
· maintain fiscal soundness;
· focus on core mission and activities;
· maintain or improve services and service levels;
· continue to improve infrastructure;
· continue to support and develop our workforce; and
· align strategic, financial, and staff work plan.