Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Documents
Each year, the City Manager works with the Finance Director and each of the departments to develop a fair and reasonable budget proposal that meets the City’s needs.
On March 2, the City Manager presented an overview of the proposed budget to the City Council. The presentation discussed the impact that COVID-19 had on the current fiscal year budget and its possible impacts on the FY22 budget, the property valuation challenges for FY22, and the City Manager’s suggested approach for dealing with the FY22 budget. Once the proposed budget is presented, the City Council meets as the Budget Committee to deliberate and adjust the proposal.
- Watch the FY22 Budget Presentation (March 2, 2021)
- View the FY22 Budget Presentation - PDF
- Watch an In-Depth Overview of the General Fund Budget (March 4, 2021)
- In-Depth FY 22 Budget Presentation - PDF
- FY22 Budget Book
- Department Head Presentations Part 1: Communications Division, City Clerk/Elections/Health & Welfare, Planning & Development, Recreation, Public Works/Wastewater Treatment Plant/Engineering, Information Technology/GIS
- Department Head Presentations Part 2: Assessing, Police Department/Communications, Fire Department, Human Resources, Finance, Code Enforcement/Inspections/Emergency Management
- Department Head Presentation Highlights
A summary of the City Manager's proposed budget can be found below. Please note that this summary does not reflect any potential impacts to the tax rate due to School Department or County budget adjustments. It also does not take into consideration any valuation adjustments.
Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Presentation - December 1, 2020
At the December 1 City Council Meeting, the City Manager presented a high-level overview of the Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budget recommendations. The CIP is a planning document, not a funding document, and will be revised and integrated into the FY22 budget at the time it is adopted.
The City Council is directly responsible for over $127 million in capital assets, including roads, buildings, sewer lines, vehicles and equipment. If buildings, vehicles and infrastructure receive appropriate maintenance or upgrades on a rotating schedule, the City would need to invest about $4.7 million in its assets each year. The City Manager's recommendation for an annual appropriation goal for capital improvements is $2.5 million by FY23.
The presentation included an update on the $17.5 million in bonds that were approved by voters in November. Grayson Road won the "Biddeford's Worst Road" contest and will be paved in the next year, and staff has also determined that the remaining four roads in the final round of the competition should be paved within the next year. A complete list of roads that are recommended to be paved with the $3.5 million in road improvement funding will be brought to the Council prior to the budget process. A proposed allocation of the $3.5 million in building improvement funding was also presented, which includes heating upgrades in several buildings, window replacement at City Hall, improvements to the clock tower, and a planning study for a possible Fire Department sub-station.
Lastly, the Council was asked to consider the future of the smokestack on the former MERC property. Based on upcoming development projects in the area, there is a narrow window of time where it could be practical to remove the stack.