While the City's fiscal year begins on July 1st, the budget process begins much earlier in March or April when the city staff begins to informally work with the City Manager to create an initial budget request. This document is then brought before the City Council in a series of budget workshops open to the public. At the budget workshop, questions are asked and requests are made by Council Members and the public. The budget is changed from the initial budget request and then sent to another workshop until the City Council and the public are satisfied with it.
The next step is for City Council to vote on it as a budget ordinance. It is given a first and second reading and then becomes the City's new budget.