In a year of unprecedented events, many cities experienced budget challenges. Bloomington was no exception. COVID-19 had a large impact on the hospitality industry, which greatly impacted the City’s tax revenues.
With difficult budget decisions on the horizon, the City Council formed the first Community Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) last May to ensure community voices were at the forefront of all 2021 budget decisions.
The committee’s main task was to conduct research and provide the City Council three options of assorted property tax levy amounts and service reductions. The City Council adopted one of these scenarios in December with a few minor adjustments. Read more about the 2021 tax levy on the cover.
CBAC and the City coordinated more public engagement around the budget than ever before with four engagement events and a digital platform where residents could provide feedback. That is one practice the City plans to continue moving forward.
“It is important to engage residents and businesses in budget and tax levy discussions so their community preferences are reflected in decisions about their local government services,” Budget Manager Kari Carlson said.