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Kari Carlson, CPFO

Budget Manager

City budget


Council Minute with Mayor Busse featuring 2023 budget discussions

In the October 26, 2022 Council Minute, Mayor Busse explains the Council’s decision to vote down a proposal to provide Artistry a loan and the latest on the City’s 2023 budget, and honors Native American Heritage Month.

In the September 14, 2022 Council Minute, Mayor Busse shares the 2023 preliminary tax levy approved by Council on Monday, September 12, 2022, plus explains some changes coming to the Bloomington HRA and Port Authority.

In the August 24, 2022 Council Minute, Mayor Tim Busse discusses the August 22nd special City Council meeting where councilmembers and staff discussed the 2023 preliminary tax levy and general fund budget.

Budget discussions at City Council meetings

Presentations and discussions on the 2023 budget process began in May 2022.

Community outreach

Throughout summer and fall 2022, the Budget Manager will be hosting information tables and seeking community feedback on the 2023 budget.

Understanding your proposed property tax statement

Annual budget books and budget in brief

The Budget in Brief is a 30 page summary of the Annual Budget Book.

The Annual Budget Books for the past five years are linked below. More financial reports are available at

About the City of Bloomington budget manager

  • Oversees the City's annual budget process which includes 30 individual funds. All budgets must be approved by the City Council by the end of the year. 
  • Assists departments with analysis of their current year budget requests as well as long-term financial modeling. 
  • Works closely with the city manager, assistant city manager and department heads to provide options to the City Council for funding programs, initiatives, and projects as well as identifying spending areas that can be reduced along with strategies to fund future capital projects and large equipment purchases. 
  • Files the preliminary and final property tax levy with Hennepin County
  • Compiles and submits annual reports to the Government Finance Officers Association
  • Submits annual reports to the Office of the State Auditor
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At your service: Budget Manager Kari Carlson

With a degree in accounting and a designation as a certified public finance officer, Kari Carlson knows and works with numbers—big numbers that affect the community in big ways.