Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
On Tuesday, June 23, the City Council approved the following appropriation for the Fiscal Year 2021 budget:
General Government: $11,189,158
Public Safety: $10,196,871
Public Works: $4,966,056
Public Services: $2,521,727
Debt Service: $2,876,539
Capital Outlays: $1,361,047
City Estimated Revenues
Other Non-Property Tax Revenue: $7,561,866
State Revenue Sharing: $1,987,500
BETE: $ 350,000
Appropriations from Operational Surplus, City: $ 550,000
Total Estimated Revenues and Appropriations: $11,593,887
With the budget as approved, the expected tax rate for FY21 would be $20.05, assuming there is a positive vote at the July 14 School Budget Validation Referendum Election. With the increase in the Homestead Exemption for FY21, qualifying residents with homes valued at less than $1.45 million could expect to see a property tax bill decrease at this new tax rate.
The approved Fiscal Year 2021 Budget included $1,361,047 for capital expenditures, vehicle replacements, and paving.
- 18 projects across various departments will be funded for a total allocation of $625,995. The project list covers one-time projects, accruals for future completion of projects to reduce the single-year financial impact, and a combination of the two.
- Vehicle purchases/leasing totals $265,000.
- 15 streets are set to be paved this year for a total of $470,052. These streets were selected to be prioritized based on relative conditions of streets, available funds, and location.
The Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Process first began on Thursday, March 5 when the City Manager presented the budget proposal to the City Council.
Due to the current public health crisis, our Councilors and staff shifted away from budget work for a period of time in order to focus on the immediate needs of our residents. Additionally, priorities and considerations for the upcoming year have shifted in the face of our changing world. The City Manager presented a revised version of the budget to the City Council on May 12, 2020.
- May 5, 2020 City Council Workshop - COVID-19 Financial Impacts - Watch the City Manager present his predictions for anticipated budgetary impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic to the City Council. Major General Fund revenues are expected to fall well below budgeted estimates, including excise taxes and property tax collections. Additionally, the current state of the economy may impact the level of funding from the State of Maine for revenue sharing.
- COVID-19 Financial Impacts Presentation - May 5, 2020 - View the COVID-19 Financial Impacts Presentation in PDF format.
- May 12, 2020 City Council Workshop - Recommended strategy for FY21 budget adjustments - Watch the City Manager present his recommended strategy for FY21 budget adjustments in response to COVID-19, as well as his recommended FY21 operational strategy.
- FY21 Budget Adjustment Presentation - View the Budget Adjustment Presentation in PDF format.
Budget Committee Meetings
The City Council discusses and motions to adjust the budget proposal during Budget Committee Meetings.
- May 21, 2020 Budget Committee Meeting - Download Minutes
- May 28, 2020 Budget Committee Meeting - Download Minutes
- June 2, 2020 Budget Committee Meeting (Special Revenue Funds Discussion)
- June 4, 2020 Budget Committee Meeting (Municipal Service Agency Presentations) - Download Minutes
- June 9, 2020 Budget Committee Meeting (At this meeting, the Budget Committee motioned to move the budget to the City Council for a Public Hearing and First Reading.) - Download Minutes
Public Hearing Notice - This Public Hearing Notice reflects the proposed FY21 Budget as moved from the Budget Committee to the City Council.
2020 - 2021 School Budget Information
The School Budget is created by the Superintendent of Schools and the School Committee but is given final approval by the City Council and voters. Visit the Biddeford Schools website for detailed information on the 2020-21 Budget.
Original Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Information
This information is provided for historical purposes only.
- City Manager Budget Presentation (March 5, 2020 City Council Special Meeting) - Watch the City Manager present the original FY21 Proposed Budget to the City Council.
- City Manager FY21 Budget Summary Presentation (March 5, 2020) - View the original FY21 Budget Presentation in PDF format.
- FY21 Budget Overview Memo - Read a memo from the City Manager that includes a high-level overview of the original budget and a summary of significant changes in each department’s budget.
- Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Book - View the original Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Book. Click on the links on the first four pages to jump to a particular section.