Budget process timeline

Like we mentioned in Budget 101, creating the annual budget is nearly a year-long process that involves both the community and the City. Working together as a community helps create a City budget that is balanced, responsible and supports the important services provided to Everett’s residents and businesses.

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  • Plan and develop budget calendar for budget year


  • Complete budget instructions and distribute to city staff
  • Information prepared and distributed to departments to develop line-item budgets
  • Departments submit requests for new programs 
  • Prepare documents and coordinate revenue estimates
  • Prepare preliminary base budget


  • Preparation of preliminary revenues and resources 
  • Administration review of new program requests, revenue estimates and base budgets


  • Develop target budgets for departments 
  • Receive budgets from departments 
  • Council budget workshop – budget status and revenue forecasts
  • Proposed budget balanced and budget document prepared
  • Mayor’s message and proposed budget presented to City Council
  • Proposed Budget Revenue & Expense Council briefing and public hearing


  • Public hearings on budget plan (appropriate public notice is provided)


  • Adoption of budget

January - March

  • Prepare final budget document 
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