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The Budget Hub
The City of Richmond’s budget outline spending on the programs, services, projects and personnel that Richmond residents rely on every day, from waste pickup to workforce development. The budget is an objectives and values driven plan for the upcoming year, firmly rooted in fiscal responsibility and created by budget professionals in the Department of Budget and Strategic Planning.
Read the Proposed FY22 Operating Budget in full here.
Read the Proposed FY22 Capital Fund Budget in full here.
The Proposed FY22 Budget By the Numbers
$770.3 in the General Fund
$118,260,561 in Special Funds
$185,644,161 in the Capital Budget, including:
- $63,205,881 in the General Fund
- $122,438,280 in the Non-General Fund
The Investments in the Proposed FY22 Budget at a Glance
• $8 million to the Greater Richmond Transit Company
• $33.5 million in investments in sidewalk maintenance and construction, paving, new bike lanes, bridge maintenance and other transportation related improvements, in addition to an anticipated $16.7 million from the Central Virginia Transportation Authority
• $2.5 million specifically for new sidewalk construction (up from $900,000 in FY21) as well as an increase in the number of sidewalk crews in the Department of Public Works
• $2.9 million to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (level-funding from last year)
• $485,000 to the Eviction Diversion Program (level-funding from last year)
• $1.1 million in operational funding to the Department of Emergency Communications to establish the Marcus Alert (as recommended by the Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety)
• $28 million for the Enslaved African Heritage Campus in the FY22-26 CIP
• Funding for a Community Safety Coordinator, the city’s point person for implementing a gun-violence prevention framework, coordinating services for Richmonders experiencing homelessness and working with residents to address other community safety concerns
• Creation of the Office of Engagement within the Department of Citizen Service and Response;
• Creation of the Office of Equity and Inclusion within the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services Department
• $187 million to Richmond Public Schools, fully funding the school system’s operational funding request (constitutes a $6.4 million increase when excluding RPS’ use of one time funding in FY21)
• $200 million for school modernization in FY24, including funding for a new George Wythe High School
• Creation of the Office of Children and Families within the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Human Services Department
• Full funding, in the FY22-26 CIP, to complete the renovation and expansion of the Southside Community Services Center
• A two-step salary increase for police officers and firefighters
• An hourly wage increase for city employees making $12.07/hour to $13/hour
• $6 million to implement the recommendations of the Gallagher Class and Compensation Study, which found that many city employees make significantly less than their mid-range salaries compared to market rate
The Budget Process
- The mayor and members of the Department of Budget and Strategic Planning team work with city leadership to determine upcoming needs.
- The mayor presents a proposed budget to Richmond City Council, the body in charge of establishing an official city budget each year.
- The Richmond City Council holds a series of work sessions to learn more about the contents of the budget and develop applicable amendments.
- The Richmond City Council adopts a balanced budget by the annual deadline of May 31.
- The Budget and Strategic Management Team prepares the adopted budget for implementation starting July 1, the beginning of the fiscal year.
Did you know?
- The budget of Richmond Public Schools is separate from the budget of the City of Richmond. In each year’s budget, the city allocates a certain amount of funding to Richmond Public Schools. The school administration, including the superintendent and his staff, as well as the School Board decide exactly what to do with that amount of money.
- In the first week of March, the administration actually presents two budget documents: the Operating Budget (Annual Fiscal Plan) and the Capital Budget (the 5-year Capital Improvement Plan). While there are two budget documents, there are multiple different funds comprising the budget book, so more than two ordinances are introduced and adopted!
- The Operating Budget includes costs for programming, the provision of services, and personnel.
- The Capital Improvement Plan proposes investments in capital assets - the physical needs and maintenance of the city. On this page, you can find the top-line contents of both.
- Unlike the federal government, the local government must design a balanced budget. This means that proposed expenditures (spending) must not be greater than projected revenues (money the city brings in).
- There are many stages the budget goes through.