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Biennial Budget

Lynnwood uses a biennial budget schedule and adopts its budget during even-numbered years.  The process for preparation and adoption of the budget is specified by State Law, the Lynnwood Municipal Code, and Lynnwood's Financial Policies.

Biennial Budgets:

2019-2020 Budget Preparations 

During the summer and fall of 2018, City staff will prepare a balanced, preliminary budget for consideration by the City Council and the community.  The draft budget will be formulated to implement the Strategic Plan 2018-2022 and the Community Vision

For the second time, the City is utilizing "Budgeting for Outcomes" (BFO) (also known as Priority-Based Budgeting) principles to guide budget decisions.  BFO focuses on services, programs, and projects (outcomes) desired by the community and allocates funds accordingly.  In contrast, traditional government budgeting is done by itemizing the cost of each resource needed (number of employees, copy machines, vehicles, fuel, computers, etc.).  Because this itemization is tedious, traditional budgets rely heavily on past-years' details.  BFO is oriented to achieving goals in the future, whereas traditional budgeting tends to perpetuate budget decisions made in the past.

Provide Your Input

There will be two public hearings held before the budget is adopted.  These hearings are opportunities to speak directly to the City Council about your budget preferences.  Also, you can submit written comments to Corbitt Loch at cloch@lynnwoodwa.gov throughout the process.  The preliminary budget will be reviewed and discussed during multiple meetings of the City Council, which are all open to the public.  Adoption of the 2019-2020 Budget is tentatively scheduled for November 26, 2018.

If you have questions or would like a copy of a biennium budget not listed on this page, please contact the Deputy City Clerk.