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Budget Toolkit
This “Budget Toolkit” provides links to important resources for the Fiscal Year 2019 proposed budget.

City staff developed this budget over months in a collaborative and open process, seeking feedback from residents and city departments and guided by priorities set by the Norfolk City Council.

A base budget balanced without a tax increase funds only the status quo. Tackling thorny, longstanding problems and pursuing new initiatives both require new revenue.

City Manager Douglas L. Smith proposed a budget that includes a 10-cent increase in the real estate tax to make meaningful investments in schools, public safety, infrastructure, technology, vehicles and equipment following years of deferral. The additional revenue – $18.5 million – would be used as follows: 
  • An additional $5 million in funding for Norfolk Public Schools;
  • $3.5 million to implement the St. Paul’s plan to redevelop three public housing areas;
  • $1.2 million to restore funding to the Norfolk Police Department;
  • $1.8 million to address flooding;
  • $3.8 million to begin to address the backlog of aging city vehicles and equipment; and
  • $3 million to provide a salary increase for city employees.

City departments eliminated 82 positions and reduced about $8 million in expenses to help balance the budget. The city will restructure fees to add another $3 million to the budget.

This bold, progressive budget proposal reflects direction from Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander and the City Council to re-imagine Norfolk for the 21st Century, and to continue our efforts to work with our community to build a great city.

Please explore these resources. Staff from the Office of Budget and Strategic Planning are available to speak at community events. You may also provide feedback on this budget proposal in two ways. First, if you want to comment in person plan to attend the public budget hearing at 6 p.m. April 18 at Granby High School. This is the only public hearing on the budget.

Second, you may use the city’s online budget tool, Balancing Act. It allows you to view and interact with the proposed budget. You can increase or decrease spending, share your own version of a proposed budget, and leave comments. Best of all, you can use Balancing Act anytime, from anywhere.


Responses to City Council Budget Inquiries


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