By Jenna-Lee Neff

Each year, the Phoenix City Charter requires the development and approval of a balanced budget and community input is considered a valuable part of the development process. This year, the City of Phoenix is holding the community budget hearings virtually.

The 2021-22 trial budget and the 2021-26 preliminary capital improvement program were presented to the City Council at the March 16 policy meeting.

Virtual community budget hearings for the proposed 2021-22 budget will take place starting April 2 and will run until April 20. This period of hearings provides residents with the opportunity to learn about proposed spending for the coming fiscal year and gives them options for providing feedback and commentary before the budget is finalized.
District 1 Meeting Dates:
• Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. – District 1
• Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. – Spanish Community-wide
• Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. – Youth
• Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. – Senior
• Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Spanish Community-wide
• Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10 a.m. – Community-wide
• Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. – Community-wide

A list of all citywide dates along with more information on the proposed budget is available at phoenix.gov/budget.

Residents can watch the hearings on PHXTV (Cox Cable channel 11), online at the phoenix.gov homepage, or a recording can be viewed the next day at youtube.com/cityofphoenixaz. The option to listen by phone is also available.
Comments on the proposed budget can be submitted through phoenix.gov/budget/contact-us, by email at budget.research@phoenix.gov, by phone at 602-262-4800 or through the FundPHX online tool.
Follow the #PhoenixBudget hashtag on social media for the latest information and updates regarding the 2021-22 budget process. The final budget will be presented at the May 4 City Council meeting.