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The City’s fiscal year runs from July 1-June 30. The budget process for the City of Johnson City begins in October with the preparation of the five-year Capital Improvement Plan. Departmental budgets are prepared from January through mid-February, followed by budget reviews with the city manager, assistant city managers, and the budget manager. Per the City Charter, the draft budget is to be provided to the Board of Commissioners on or before the first Tuesday of May and must be published in the local newspaper no less than three days prior.

At that time, the Board of Commissioners conducts meetings with individual departments to discuss the budget in detail. The budget ordinance is prepared and published in the local newspaper no less than 10 days prior to first reading, which is also public hearing and must be held during a regularly scheduled commission meeting. The City must approve a balanced budget on three readings on or before June 30 of the current fiscal year.