FY2021 Budget Information
FISCAL YEAR 2021 BUDGET
Mayor Pitts has presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2021 financial plan for the City of Clarksville to citizens and the City Council.
In presenting his second budget since taking office in January 2019, Mayor Pitts outlined his financial priorities for the City, and explained the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency on the City’s 2021 budget. In March, Departments were asked to reduce FY20 spending by 5 percent, and then proposed spending in the FY21 budget was reduced by another 5 percent.
Because of the evolving economic fallout from the pandemic, this is a "status quo" budget proposal. It is austere, with no general wage increase for employees and no new capital projects, no new positions and no new debt. It is a general operating budget that keeps employees paid and productive and City services operating at a consistent level.
As the budget year unfolds and the pandemic’s financial impacts become more clear, the Mayor and City Departments will develop a revised budget. This FY21 budget amendment will be presented to the City Council when economic factors improve.
In the broadest analysis, the total proposed “status quo” budget for FY 2021 is $486 million. This includes expenditures in the General Fund and all enterprise funds, such as CDE Lightband, Clarksville Gas & Water and Clarksville Transit System, and other special revenue funds. Revenues in these funds is expected to be $539 million.
The proposed 2021 General Fund, or operating budget, anticipates total expenditures of $96,699,413, and revenues of $98,172,831. The proposed property tax rate is $1.0296 for FY2, which is unchanged from the prior year.
The Mayor’s general spending priorities for 2021 remain the same as last year, and are expected to be reflected in the FY21 budget amendment. They call for services or programs that:
Sustain or improve infrastructure, alleviate traffic issues, or enhance mobility.
Enhance or reinforce public safety.
Improve operational efficiency or effectiveness.
Support and increase citizen and community engagement.
Support youth development.
Strengthen community and regional partnerships.
Boost downtown redevelopment or support "legacy neighborhood” redevelopment.
Proposed departmental budgets have been presented during a series of City Council Committee meetings. After the mayor’s presentation Thursday, City Council will consider the 2021 budget at special meetings during the next several weeks. Passage of the new budget is scheduled for June 23, and the City’s 2021 Fiscal Year begins on July 1, 2020.
REMAINING KEY DATES IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2021 BUDGET PROCESS
Council Work Session, 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 15.
Special Session, Public Hearing and First Reading, 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 18.
Special Session, Second Reading and Final Vote, 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23.