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Community Budget Advisory Committee

The City of Bloomington is facing a multi-million dollar budget shortfall as a result of COVID-19. In an effort to ensure budget discussions reflect community preferences, the City Council appointed a Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) in May 2020.

The advisory committee is made up of nine members who have knowledge of municipal budgets and City government. Through the coming months, the Community Budget Advisory Committee will engage community members and review the City’s budget and services to provide the Council recommendations given the budget challenges. By looking at the overall budget instead of reducing services one by one, the City Council and City staff are aiming to make sure service changes reflect what community members value most.

How to participate

Community listening sessions

Video conference listening sessions to provide input into the City's budget process will be held via Zoom on the following dates. Click the date to register.

Join in virtual listening sessions to provide input into the City's budget process and City services:

Share reactions and reflections on the proposed CBAC budget scenarios:

  • Thursday, October 15 from 6:30-8:00pm
  • Saturday, October 17 from 10:00-11:30am

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Let's Talk Bloomington

Respond to surveys and share your ideas through digital engagement. Visit blm.mn/letstalk to participate. 


Meeting agendas and webcasts

To receive Community Budget Advisory Committee notification, visit the CBAC email updates page and enter your email address.

View meeting agendas and other documents at blm.mn/meetings.

Webcasts of the Bloomington Community Budget Advisory Committee Meetings are available on the City's YouTube page.


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Background information

Assessment report

The City of Bloomington Assessor's Office determines the value of  approximately 32,000 parcels within the city for property tax purposes. Visit the City Assessor's Office webpage for more information.

2020 Assessment Report

Financial documents

Visit the Finance Department's Financial reports webpage for more info about the following documents.

2020 Budget Book
The Budget Book presents the City's approved 2020 budget.

Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR)
The PAFR, published every June under the title, "Corporate Report to the Community," is a brief summary of the City's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (see next link). The report is intended to increase the general public's understanding of Bloomington's financial condition.

2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
The purpose of this report is to provide the mayor, City Council, City staff, citizens, bondholders, and other interested parties with useful information concerning the City’s operations and financial position. The 2019 CAFR was published in June 2020. 

2020-2029  Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
The CIP includes a detailed description of every Capital Project anticipated to be initiated during the ten-year period. Due to the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, projects scheduled for 2020 are being re-evaluated. View more information on the dedicated CIP webpage.

Service assessments

Strategic priorities

One Bloomington | Strategic Priorities 
In its One Bloomington plan, launched in 2017, the City Council has identified seven strategic priorities that will guide the City's decisions through 2020:

  • Community image
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Community amenities
  • High-quality services
  • Focused renewal
  • Environmental sustainability 
  • Transparency

Survey results

Committee Charter

The Committee Charter describes the charge of the committee and their commitment to the work. The final document was adopted at the June 24, 2020 meeting.


All terms end December 31, 2020.

Neil Peterson (Co-Chair)

City of Bloomington Mayor (former)

Commercial Real Estate Broker/Advisor

Former: Mn State Representative, Metropolitan Council Member, Bloomington Mayor and City Council Member

Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University; BA Hastings College, Nebraska

Steve Peterson (Co-Chair)

Port Authority Board Commissioner (current)

City Charter Commissioner (current)

City Councilmember (former)

Software engineer

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, University of Minnesota

Akua Asare

Metropolitan Council Internal Auditor

Class of 2019 Bloomington Leadership Program Member

MPP - University of Minnesota, BA - University of Wisconsin

John Gibbs

Three Rivers Park District Commissioner

Comcast Corporation’s Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, with responsibility for the nationwide state-level government affairs for Comcast and NBCUniversal including the formation of legislative strategies and policy initiatives.

Current member, Three Rivers Park District Board of Commissioners (formerly Hennepin Parks) representing Bloomington, Eden Prairie and Richfield. This follows a ten year stint on the Hennepin County Library Board (three years as president). John Gibbs is also a member of the board of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Business Partnership as well as the boards of Artistry Theater and Visual Arts and the Minnesota River Valley Chapter of the Izaak Walton League. Gibbs is the former chair of the Hennepin County Policy Advisory Committee, a former member of the Bloomington Charter Commission, former member and chair of the Bloomington Cable Commission.

Graduate, Bloomington Lincoln High School
BA, History, Geography, University of Minnesota
JD, William Mitchell College of Law

John Laux

Bloomington Chief of Police (retired)

City of Bloomington Merit Board Member (current)

BA Metro State

Jessica Linares-Kunkel

Ergotron / Senior Manager, Latin America

Apothecary Products LLC / Director, Latin America

Class of 2019 Bloomington Leadership Program Member

Bloomington Latino Leadership Member

Bloomington Leadership Program: Learn to Lead / Member
VEAP, Bloomington volunteer
Interpreter, Translator for Bloomington Schools
Latino Lead City of Minneapolis / Member
Women Entrepreneur of Minnesota / Board Member

MS International Business / University of Minnesota Mankato, MN
Mini MBA / University of St. Thomas, MN
BA Accounting / University of Lima, Peru

Chao Moua

Career in Food Manufacturing Industry, Associate Marketing Manager

Class of 2019 Bloomington Leadership Program Member

Master of Business Administration - University of St. Thomas, Bachelors of Science - University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Maureen Scallen Failor

Bloomington Chamber President (former)

President -Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce

Bloomington Community Center Task Force Member

University of Minnesota

Josh Syrjamaki

President of Bloomington Area Hockey Association (former)

Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning & Employee Development -- Minnesota Department of Corrections

Past President - Bloomington Amateur Hockey Association
Volunteer Coach - girls youth basketball and softball
Volunteer Coach - boys youth hockey and baseball

University of Minnesota/ ​​BA in Economics