Contact Information

Contact Information

Kari Carlson, CPFO

Budget Manager

City budget

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Budget information sessions

There will be two opportunities in October for the public to participate in 2022 Budget Information Sessions / Roundtable discussions:

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7:00 – 8:30pm (Virtual meeting on Zoom)
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021 7:00 – 8:30pm (City Council Chambers at Bloomington Civic Plaza)

2022 Information Session from August 3, 2021

Presentation Slides: August_2021-2022_Budget_Public_Information_Sessions
Thank you to those who stopped by during the Midweek Music and Market at Civic Plaza for an in-person information session on August 11, 2021.

Budget discussions at City Council meetings

  • August 23, 2021: Preliminary tax levy and general fund budget discussion
  • September 13, 2021: Preliminary tax levy and general fund budget discussion (continued) and Approve preliminary 2022 tax levy increase of 2.75%
  • October 11, 2021: Non-General Funds Discussion and Resolution
    • Meeting information for October 11, 2021
    • Utility Funds, Internal Service Funds 2022 budget discussion
    • Special Revenue Funds, Contractual Police Services 2022 budget resolution
  • November 15, 2021: 2022 utility rate public hearing
    • Meeting information for November 15, 2021
    • Utility Funds, Internal Service Funds 2022 budget resolution
  • November 22, 2021: Special meeting to discuss 2022 general fund budget
    • Meeting information coming soon
    • General Fund, Enterprise Funds, Communications, Fire Pension 2022 budget discussion
  • December 6, 2021: Truth-in-taxation public hearing

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.