The Finance department is responsible for producing, monitoring, and reporting on the City's annual operating budget. The City of Tomball's fiscal year begins October 1 and runs through September 30. The city budget contains several different funds with the largest being the general fund which is used for general government services that do not need to be accounted for separately. Examples of general government services are police protection, fire protection, street maintenance, park maintenance, and administrative activities.
The Budget Process
Each spring, the city begins the annual process to determine the needs of the city. The requests are based on the programs and priorities that the city council has discussed or committed to in the past. A recommended budget is formed based on the projected revenue and submitted to the citizens and the city council. After input from the public and the staff, the council has the opportunity to revise the budget to conform with its objectives.
Public hearings on the budget and tax rate are held in September and October each year and are open to the public.
Once adopted, the budget takes effect on the first day of the fiscal year (October 1) and any major change must be approved by the city council. Copies of the budget are available for review or purchase in the finance department. Also listed below, you may download a copy.