The budget represents the overall plan for allocating City resources to a variety of programs and services that protect residents' physical security and enhance quality of life.
The budget document reflects the City's commitment to sound budget and fiscal policies and processes. This plan ensures that the City is in a position to maintain its current level of service delivery for the community throughout the ensuing biennium. The plan makes the best choices for resource allocations, meets current operational needs, and addresses future fiscal capacity.
The Quarterly Budget Status Report provides a concise means of budget oversight in a visual format that conveys budget progress and status compared to the Council's adopted spending plan - including fiscal position, which is the net result of budget inflows (revenues) and outflows (expenditures).
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has granted its Distinguished Budget Presentation award to the City of Bothell consecutively since 2002. GFOA presents this award to governments whose budget documents meet the GFOA's criteria as an effective policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communication device. This award signifies that Bothell is meeting the highest principles of government budgeting.