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This page will help you understand the basics of the City of American Canyon's budget process.
View the City's Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget on the City's website to learn how to get involved in the current budget process. You may also view pages 15-37 of the City's Governance Protocol Handbook for full details about the City's fiscal and budgetary policies.
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The fiscal year of the City government begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 the following year. Each year before the current fiscal year ends, the Mayor, City Council, City Manager and City staff work together to develop an Annual Budget for the next fiscal year. The City monitors the budget throughout the year and presents updated projections to the City Council, including an annual "mid-year" review.
From approximately January to April, Department Managers review their Department goals, objectives, and budgetary priorities for the next fiscal year. The City Manager reviews this information and makes adjustments before presenting the "City Manager Recommended Budget" to the Finance Committee and City Council during a budget workshop and/or public meeting. These forums give the public a chance for input or to bring up any concerns they may have about the proposed budget.
After the public hearings end and on/before June 30 each year, the City Council adopts the budget with any revisions it advises. The City Council needs a majority vote (three out of five) to adopt the Annual Budget for the next fiscal year.
The top three General Fund revenues are Property Tax, Sales Tax and Transient Occupancy Tax ("TOT" or "Hotel" Tax). Other revenue streams include the Casino Admissions Tax, Recycling Franchise Fees, and City Fees.
Property Tax Distribution
The City of American Canyon receives 29% of the Property Tax revenue in the City. In other words: 29 cents of every dollar. The rest goes to other City and County programs and services.
Sales Tax Distribution
The City of American Canyon receives 12.9% of the Property Tax revenue in the City. In other words: 13 cents of every dollar. The rest goes to other State and County programs and services.
Water and Wastewater Enterprise Funds
The City operates a Water Treatment Plant near Highway 12 (Jameson Canyon Road) to produce drinking water that meets the highest quality standards set by state and federal regulations. Together, two treatment processes produce up to 5.5 million gallons of potable water each day for residents and businesses in our water service area, which extends from the Napa/Solano County line to Soscol Creek just north of the Napa Airport. Revenues to the City's Water Enterprise Fund include monthly user charges for water consumption, as well as fines and penalties associated with water system service.
The City of American Canyon owns and operates the American Canyon Water Reclamation Facility (WRF), commissioned in 2001, which treats domestic and industrial wastewater flows. The City’s state-of-the-art WRF treats at least 1 million gallons of wastewater each day and over 650 million gallons over the course of a year. The WRF also produces approximately 80 million gallons of recycled water each year, used for irrigation and (sometimes) toilet flushing in dual-plumbed locations. Revenues to the City's Wastewater Enterprise Fund include monthly user charges for wastewater collection and treatment.
Internal Service Funds
There are three Internal Service Funds (IDF): Information Technology (IT), Fleet Operations, and Building Maintenance. These three funds spend money to maintain the City's service vehicles, buildings and IT infrastructure. Costs are charged to "customer" departments, primarily the General, Water and Wastewater Funds.
General Fund expenditures fall roughly into three categories:
- Contracted Police services (31%)
- Public employee compensation(35%)
- With the remaining balance (approximately 34%) covering all other contracted services, supplies, and debt service.
Revenues collected for the Water Enterprise Fund and Wastewater Enterprise Fund are only spent on maintaining or improving the City's water and wastewater services.
You can view past Financial Reports on the City's website for full details.
The General Fund Reserve is made up of one-time funds intended for emergency needs (such as a catastrophic natural or financial disasters). If these funds are exhausted, the City would become insolvent. The General Fund Reserve provides some flexibility to address one-time priority programs, smooth out economic swings, and buffer the loss of state and federal funds.
Per the City's Governance Protocol Handbook:
Each July 1, City shall establish a General Fund Reserve in the amount of 25% of the final budget for the fiscal year just concluded. In the event this reserve requirement is not met, the reserve shall grow by a minimum of 3% of the total salary of the General Fund until it reaches 25% of the operating annual budget of the General Fund. The City General Fund Reserve shall only be used in the event the City experiences a 10% reduction in discretionary general fund revenue (Fund 100-Department 80-Division 810) compared to the prior Fiscal Year or in the event of a declared emergency as defined by Municipal Code 2.48.020.