The Operating Budget
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 through September 30.
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 regarding the budget are held in August / September, and the tax rate in September / October and are open to the public. 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.
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.
The department is also responsible for the financial planning and management of the capital improvements project funds. This involves budgeting, cash flows, disbursements, monthly balancing and reporting of capital projects. This program assists coordinating the prioritization and funding of projects and managing project changes and the financial implications of those changes.
View Past Annual Budgets.