Each year, the City prepares an annual budget for the fiscal year beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31. The City Manager's Office is responsible for the budget preparation process and organizing the data submitted by each department. The budget and budget document are prepared using the requirements and guidelines of the City Charter, State budget law and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).
The primary purpose of the budget is to provide Citizens with a comprehensive overview of City services and operations and the resources that fund those services.
2023/2024 Budget Process
The City of Brighton is moving to a two-year budget process for 2023 & 2024. Two year budgets help the City to focus on long-term strategy and positioning of resources. Rather than spending months crunching the same numbers and analyzing the same requests each year, staff are asked to plan ahead so they can spend more time implementing programs and projects than talking about them. The two-year cycle complements the City's Strategic Plan which also sets goals on a two-year basis. The new process also incorporates greater public engagement with input being gathered at both Summerfest and the City BBQ.
Digital Budget Book(s)
In 2023, the City of Brighton switched to a digital budget book format to make the budget experience more transparent and accessible to our residents.