Take the Budget Survey to Share Your Feedback

Published on May 05, 2021

The City recently released the City of Palo Alto's Fiscal Year 2022 Proposed Operating Budget and Fiscal Year 2022 Proposed Capital Budget along with the 2022-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). The Proposed Budget reflects our current fiscal reality as a result of the ongoing, extended pandemic, related economic challenges and continued resource limitations. The proposed balancing strategy addresses the community’s immediate service needs, while positioning Palo Alto to restore services and evolve as recovery takes shape. The proposed budgets are based on City Council direction to use the Long-Range Financial Forecast (LRFF) Scenario B for financial planning, which outlines a conservative financial balancing approach assuming an extended community recovery from the current pandemic over a three to five-year period.

This proposed budget assumes a conservative revenue forecast and this budget does not assume restoration of the approximately $20 million in service level reductions experienced in the prior year that addressed the nearly $40 million loss in General Fund revenues.

The budget process proposed provides an opportunity to advance public discussions on how to most effectively resource services that have the greatest impact on the community. To that end, this survey is intended to help inform upcoming budget conversations taking place with the Finance Committee and City Council.

Thank you for sharing your input through this iterative budget process. Before you take this survey, please read some of the budget materials offered online to help familiarize yourself with the City’s challenging fiscal position.

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This survey is part of the City budget community engagement process. Learn more about the City budget and find other ways to provide feedback at cityofpaloalto.org/budget

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