2016 Budget

Writing the Budget

Writing the Budget

The Budget is the culmination of over four months of work and consideration by many individuals. Beginning in August, City Department Directors are asked to prepare estimates of anticipated expenditures for the coming year. During this time period, the City Treasurer begins the process of estimating year-end expenditure levels and projecting revenues for the ensuing 12 months. The Mayor and administrative staff work to organize all requests into the proper funds and within the resources estimated to be available.

By the beginning of November, the Preliminary Budget is submitted to the City Council for review and comment. The Council then conducts Budget Workshops and, later, public hearings to gather additional information and public input. Finally, a balanced and complete budget for the ensuing year is adopted prior to December 31st. This adopted budget, together with any required amendments, serves to guide City department expenditure levels and major activities throughout the year.

Please follow the links below to view the City of Ferndale’s Annual Budget documents for the 2016 fiscal year (January 1st through December 31st). All documents are in pdf/Adobe format. Questions regarding the document should be directed to the City Finance Director. Previous Budgets are also available to view at the Budget Section.

The 2015 Preliminary Budget is published no later than six weeks in advance of January, pursuant toRCW 35a.33.052. The Final Adopted Budget is approved by the City Council no later than the end of the preceding year.

As passed by the Ferndale City Council on December 7th, 2015, here is the budget for 2016.

SECTION 1- Introduction

City Mission Statement
History of the City
Elected Officials
Appointed Officials
Mayor & City Council Organization
Council Intergovernmental Assignments

SECTION 2 – Budget Development

Mayor’s Budget Message
City Administrator’s Budget Message
Budget Purpose
Budget Process & Policies
Budget Calendar
Budget Ordinance
Property Tax Levy Ordinance

SECTION 3 – Summary Data

Organization Chart
Revenues Summary by Selected Funds
Revenues Summary – Property Tax & Sales Tax – All Funds
Headcount Schedules
Debt Schedules

SECTION 4 – Current Expense Fund Revenues

Summary Schedules
Property Taxes
Sales Taxes
Utility Taxes
Licenses & Permits
Intergovernmental Revenues
Charges for Services
Fines & Forfeitures
Miscellaneous Revenues

SECTION 5 – Current Expense Fund Expenditures

Summary Schedules

Departmental Summaries:
City Council
Municipal Court
Legal Services
General Government
Building Permits & Inspection
Emergency Services
Pollution Control
Mental & Physical Health
Building Maintenance
Community Development

SECTION 6 -Special Revenue Funds – Revenues & Expenditures

Public Works Organization Chart
Street Fund
Park Mitigation Fund
Traffic Mitigation Fund
Real Estate Excise Tax Funds
Criminal Justice Fund
Local Criminal Justice Fund
Ferndale Transportation Benefit District (TBD) Fund
Hotel/Motel Fund

SECTION 7- Debt Service Funds – Revenues & Expenditures

Streets/Parks/Land Redemption Fund
Labounty Road LID Bond Redemption & Reserve Funds
LTGO Bond 2010 & 2011 Funds

SECTION 8 – Enterprise Funds – Revenues & Expenditures

Water Fund
Sewer Fund
95/96/05 Sewer Bond Redemption Fund
95/96/05 Sewer Bond Reserve Fund
Storm & Flood Control Fund
Utility Loan Service Fund

SECTION 9 -Internal Service Funds-Revenues & Expenditures

Computer Repair & Replacement Fund
Equipment Repair & Replacement Fund

SECTION 10 – Agency Fund- Revenues & Expenditures

Court Agency Fund

SECTION 11- Reserve Funds – Revenues & Expenditures

General Fund Contingency Reserve Fund
Facilities Capital Reserve Fund
LEOFF 1 Retiree Reserve Fund

SECTION 12 – Solid Waste Tax Fund – Revenues & Expenditures

Solid Waste Tax Fund

SECTION 13 – Pioneer Pavilion Community Center Operating Fund – Revenues & Expenditures

Pioneer Pavilion Community Center Operating Fund

To compare to previous revenue and expense numbers, check out our monthly financial reports here.

If you would like to share your thoughts on the 2016 budget with your City Councilmembers, you can find their contact information here.