The Avondale City Council recently adopted a $236.7 million budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year on June 3. It’s a decrease of $7.1 million from the previous year.
The budget became effective on July 1 and includes a decrease in the total city property tax rate from $1.7618 per $100 of assessed valuation to $1.6542 per $100 of assessed valuation, which was formally approved by council on June 17.
“Avondale’s core purpose is providing city services for public benefit, and as such, we remain mindful of how taxpayers’ dollars are spent,” said Charles Montoya, Avondale city manager.
“This means taking a conservative approach to the budget and our planned expenditures. As in years past, we developed a fiscally responsible plan while maintaining exceptional service and quality operations for our residents.”
The approved budget includes funding for the following: 11 additional police department positions; seven-day-a-week coverage of park ranger security at Avondale city parks; an upgrade to the city’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system; additional leadership positions, the purchase of additional on-officer body cameras, and more funding for Avondale special events.
The capital improvement plan (CIP) budget includes funding for an expanded police property and evidence facility; a new resource center; the widening of 107th Avenue/McDowell Road, and large diameter sewer line repair and system improvements. In addition, the budget also includes funding for the continuation of the Economic Opportunities Incentive program to promote development growth and employment opportunities in the city.
The budget process for FY 2019-2020 kicked off with the Council Goal-Setting Retreat on December 10, 2018, during which council outlined its priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. A citizens committee met in March to provide guidance on the city’s CIP. Three council work sessions on the budget were held in April, followed by the tentative adoption of the budget on May 6.
For more details on the city’s budget, visit avondaleaz.gov/budget , or contact the finance and budget department at 623-333-2000.