City Budget

The City’s Budget brings together the direction and policies of the City Council working in a collaborative effort with the citizens, city staff, and other interested parties, and best determines the financial resources available to establish the operating and capital plans.

The Annual Budget consists of the operating, special revenue, debt service and capital funds. The operating budget comprises the General, and Street Funds under General Government, and the Water, Sewer Treatment and Stormwater Funds under the Utility Government. Special revenue funds include the Real Estate Excise Tax, Drug, Park Impact Fee, Traffic Impact Fee and Water System Development Charge funds.

The City Council holds public hearings on the proposed operating budget before approval prior to the beginning of each fiscal year on January 1.

The City’s budget represents the proposed fiscal plans for the City of Ridgefield. It brings together the direction and policies of the City Council working in a collaborative effort with the citizens, city staff and other interested parties, and best determines the financial resources available to establish the operating and capital plans for the next budget cycle. Prior to budget adoption, many meetings are held, including two public hearings, three Council work sessions, and four Budget Advisory Committee meetings.

An annual budget is developed based on Council adopted budget policies. These polices provide the framework for the budget, starting with a baseline, a review of new requests/initiatives to determine what can be funded, staff and staff allocations, and the development of the special revenue and capital project budgets. The baseline budget requires the use of realistic revenue estimates and a modest level of increases to ongoing expenditures to account for inflation. Baseline budgets are based on projecting current revenues that will fund to cost to provide core services. It excludes one-time only revenues and expenses, such as grants and capital purchases. New requests or initiatives are then received from each department based on staff knowledge of anticipated needs or implementation of Council policy. The capital budgets are developed from the approved capital facilities plan and prioritized based on critical need, available funding and what can reasonably be accomplished by City staff.

The final budget consists of the operating, special revenue, debt service and capital funds. The operating budget comprises the General, and Street Funds under General Government, and the Water, Sewer Treatment and Stormwater Funds under the Utility Government.

2020 Annual Budget: ​The 2020 combined total budget for all funds is $18.8 million, a decrease of $0.9 million from the original adopted 2019 budget. The total operating budget is $12.4 million. The capital projects budget is $3.2 million. The budget decrease is due to reduced expense related to capital projects. Overall fund balance is expected to increase $3.6 million due to receipt of additional capital funding from development.

2019 Annual Budget: The 2019 combined total budget for all funds is $19.7 million, a decrease of $41.4 million from the original adopted 2018 budget. The total operating budget is $11.2 million. The capital projects budget is $3.9 million. The budget decrease is due to several capital projects that were completed in 2018, including the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex and the 35th and Pioneer roundabout project.

2018 Annual Budget: The 2018 combined total budget for all  funds is $50.9 million, an increase of $30.7 million from the original adopted 2017 budget. The total operating budget is $10.5 million. The capital projects budget is $21.1 million. The budget increase is due to several high priority park and water projects, including the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

2017 Annual Budget: The 2017 combined total budget for all funds is $20.2 million. The total operating budget is $9.23 million and $7,922.038 of new initiatives. The special revenue budget is $3.97 million and capital projects is $6.96 million. The 2017 budget was approved by the Ridgefield City Council in November 2016.

City of Ridgefield Annual Operating Budget


Supporting Documents

2019 Master Fee Schedule

2018 Master Fee Schedule

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