A full slate of budget workshops in College Station is underway. Monday afternoon, city staff made their first full budget presentation to the city council.
The proposed budget of nearly $228 million for the upcoming fiscal year represents around a 20 percent increase from the previous year. Staff pins the rising costs on increases in energy cost and new development in the city.
The first workshop focused on matters of the general fund, which includes emergency services, public works and parks and recreation. Capital projects, other funding sources like hotel-motel tax and various TIFs, and internal service funds are topics on tap for future meetings, according to city staff.
Three more workshops are scheduled for the coming weeks.
"The whole goal is to try to go through, in as much detail as the city council wants to or needs to, the key components of the budget so they can make, in the end, the most informed decision possible," said College Station Chief Operating Officer Jeff Kersten.
The next budget workshop is Tuesday, August 22. The third comes a day later, followed by a public hearing on Thursday, August 24. The final workshop is on August 31.
A vote on the budget is scheduled for September 14.