The Budget Division compiles a budget book each year detailing the expenditure budgets of all departments and divisions of the various funds, sources of revenues and financial policies. It also provides narratives, histories, assumptions, mission statements, goals and objectives, performance and workload measurements, staffing information and data about the operations of the city, its enterprise funds and specialty funds. The book, which meets the criteria as a policy document, an operations guide, financial plan, and communications device, has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) every year since 1995.
The budget summary is an 11-page compilation of summary tables and financial information for the revenue and expenditure budgets of the city. Additional information is presented for the two major funds of the city: the general fund and the Board of Lights and Water (BLW) fund.
Because the official budget book is published each September, the budget summary is posted in order to provide information on the newly adopted budget which is effective on July 1.
A budget-in-brief document is also prepared as a quick glance summary of the city's operations. It features the two major funds of the city: the general fund and the Board of Lights and Water (BLW) fund.