City Budget


The City of Palo Alto's budget, as approved by the City Council, reflects resource allocations consistent with City policies, goals, and priorities.  It also communicates to our citizens and staff an action plan for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes program goals and the standards by which the delivery of services to the public will be measured.

FY2021 Budget Process and Community Engagement

Thank you to the over 1300 survey respondents for your input!

May 11 Budget Summary Presentation

Watch the May 11 Budget Summary Presentation by the City’s City Manager and Chief Financial Officer.

Budget Hearing Videos

Watch the full video of the May 12 Budget Hearing

Watch the full video of the May 13 Budget Hearing

Watch the full video of the May 26 Budget Hearing

Budget Hearing Materials

Staff Reports and Memos At Places

May 11 Staff Report: Revised Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets Overview (CMR 11322)

May 11 At Places: Discussion and Provide Direction on the Revised FY 2021 Proposed Budgets

May 12 Staff Report: Preliminary Operating Plan for Junior Museum and Zoo (CMR 11222)

May 12 At Places: Junior Museum and Zoo Adjustments for Municipal Fees

May 13 Staff Report: Review of Proposed Municipal Fee Schedule Amendments (CMR 11190)

May 13 At Places: RPP Program Modifications

May 13 At Places: Additional Information

May 13 At Places: Revised General Fund Reconciliations

May 26 Staff Report: FY 2021 Proposed Operating and Capital Budget Wrap-Up & Municipal Code Change (CMR 11376)

New Budget Blog: City Budget Deliberations Continue Next Week, published on May 22

Agendas and Presentations

May 11 Revised Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets Overview (presentation)

May 12 Department Meeting Schedule (revised)

May 12 Budget Presentations

May 13 Department Meeting Schedule (revised)

May 13 Budget Presentations

May 26 Budget Presentation

Presentations Postponed

May 18 (tentative): Pension Funding Policy (CMR 10784)

City Budgets

FY 2020-2021 Budgets

FY 2020-2021 Municipal Fee Schedule

FY 2020-2021 Adopted Operating Budget 

FY 2020-2021 Adopted Capital Budget

New! BLOG: Budget Deliberations Continue Next Week

Budget Hearing Staff Report May 26 

Budget Hearing Staff Report May 11-13

Staff Report- May 4 Financial Scenarios

FY 2020-2021 Operating and Capital Proposed Budgets Transmittal Letter

FY 2020-2021 Proposed Operating Budget

FY 2020-2021 Proposed Capital Budget

FY 2020-2021 Budget Blog  - Discussing tough budget discussions underway in light of the current public health emergency