Members of the public wishing to view the City of Indio’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 adopted budget document can do so on the city’s website on September 1, 2021. Approved unanimously by the City Council on June 16, 2021, the FY 2021-22 budget establishes $187.5 million in appropriations for the time period spanning July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. The adopted budget document contains wide-ranging information about the city’s finances, enhancements compared to prior budget years, and seeks to increase financial accountability and transparency.
Citizens can expect to see more information on Indio’s strategic planning and goals, accomplishments, and an increasingly robust section on financial policies. Enrichments to the budget glossary provide understandability for technical terms and acronyms. “This year we also added a more visually friendly demographics page for those interested in learning about the community,” said Rob Rockwell, Assistant City Manager and Director of Finance.
In the coming months, the city will submit the FY 2021-2022 budget to the Government Financial Officers Association (GFOA) and California Society of Municipal Finance Officers (CSMFO) budget awards. For the last two years, GFOA and CSMFO recognized the City of Indio Finance team for their excellence in budget preparation, meeting a comprehensive list of budgetary document requirements, and serving as a volunteer reviewer for another organization’s budget. The city continuously strives to create a budget document that meets and exceeds such award-worthy quality.
Brand new for FY 2021-22, the City of Indio also added a Budget-In-Brief to accompany the full, adopted budget document. The Budget-In-Brief boils down the original 230-page budget document into a high-level overview of the most significant budgetary items in an easy-to-read format. This is where readers can obtain information on the community, strategic planning, and other vital details on Citywide and General Fund budgets.
“Effective municipal budget documents contain more than just numbers; they convey a story about where a city has been and where it intends to go,” added Rockwell. “A well-prepared budget serves as a visionary document, as well as an informational one, and the city believes that the FY 2021-22 adopted budget document realizes both of these objectives. I am proud to recognize Accountant Liberty Urban and our entire Finance Team for their hard work to help achieve this.”
The full, adopted budget document and Budget-In-Brief can be accessed effective September 1 on the Finance and Budget page of the City of Indio’s website.