2021 Budget

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Oct. 7 Update: This week's focus is on the High Performing Government Outcome. Click on the "Outcome Area" and "Survey" tabs below to learn more about this outcome and help the City prioritize the services within it.

Sept. 2 Update: The 2021 City Manager's Recommended Budget has been published and is available for review in the Document Library.


Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the 2021 Budget!

Generally, the City creates a biennial budget every two years using the Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process. BFO focuses on outcomes and results, not on cost, and puts the community’s values

Oct. 7 Update: This week's focus is on the High Performing Government Outcome. Click on the "Outcome Area" and "Survey" tabs below to learn more about this outcome and help the City prioritize the services within it.

Sept. 2 Update: The 2021 City Manager's Recommended Budget has been published and is available for review in the Document Library.


Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the 2021 Budget!

Generally, the City creates a biennial budget every two years using the Budgeting for Outcomes (BFO) process. BFO focuses on outcomes and results, not on cost, and puts the community’s values and priorities first.

Due to the economic uncertainty related to COVID-19, the City will create a one-year 2021 Recommended Budget for City Council to consider this fall. Typically, the City does more robust outreach prior to publishing the City Manager’s Recommended Budget. Given the constrained timeline and the shift to a one-year budget, this year’s engagement will be a little different.

Opportunities for you to help shape the Recommended Budget will be available starting in mid-July, with additional opportunities to provide feedback directly to City Council throughout the fall as they consider and modify the recommended budget before final adoption in November.


What is Budgeting For Outcomes?

For 15 years, BFO has helped the City identify and fund various programs and services to achieve different community outcomes. There are seven Key Outcome Areas and each has specific objectives and performance measures that make up the City’s Strategic Plan. Every funded budget item has to impact at least one of those objectives. The Strategic Plan is also updated every two years through extensive community engagement to ensure funded programs and services reflect the desires of the community. City Council unanimously adopted the 2020 Strategic Plan(External link) earlier this year.



Want to participate in this process?

Each week we will highlight one of the City's Seven Key Outcome Areas. We will cover information regarding what the outcome area is all about, including the objectives within. We want to make sure these objectives reflect the needs and aspirations of our community, so you will have a chance to rank the objectives in each area.



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Bienvenido y gracias por su interés en el presupuesto del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Fort Collins para el año 2021!

Actualización del 5 de agosto: El enfoque de esta semana será en el Área Clave de Salud Social y Habitabilidad del Vecindario. Haga clic en las pestañas "Área de resultados" y "Encuesta" a continuación para obtener más información sobre y ayudar a la Ciudad a priorizar los servicios dentro de él.

Generalmente, la Ciudad crea un presupuesto bienal cada dos años usando el proceso de Presupuesto basado en Resultados (PbR) (Enlace externo). PbR se enfoca en la orientación de las acciones del gobierno hacia los resultados que la comunidad espera obtener y no en el costo.

Debido a la incertidumbre económica relacionada con COVID-19, el Gobierno de la Ciudad de Fort Collins creará un recomendación presupuestaria de un año para adopción en 2021 para consideración del Concejo Municipal. Por lo general, el gobierno realiza un proceso de participación pública más a fondo antes de publicar el presupuesto recomendado por el gerente de la ciudad. Dado el cronograma limitado y el cambio a un presupuesto de un año, la participación de este año será un poco diferente.

Las oportunidades para que usted ayude a dar forma la recomendación presupuestaria estarán disponibles a partir de mediados de julio, con oportunidades adicionales para aportar comentarios directamente al Concejo Municipal durante el otoño mientras consideran y modifican la recomendación presupuestaria antes de su adopción a finales de noviembre.

¿Qué es el Presupuesto basado en Resultados (PbR) ?

Durante 15 años, PbR ha ayudado a la Ciudad a identificar y financiar varios programas y servicios para lograr diferentes objetivos comunitarios. Hay siete Áreas de Resultados Clave y cada una tiene objetivos específicos y medidas de desempeño que conforman el Plan Estratégico de la Ciudad. Cada acción del gobierno financiada tiene que afectar al menos a uno de esos objetivos. El Plan Estratégico también se actualiza cada dos años a través de un amplio proceso de participación comunitaria para garantizar que los programas y servicios financiados reflejen los deseos de la comunidad. El Ayuntamiento adoptó por unanimidad el Plan Estratégico 2020 (Enlace externo) a principios de este año


  • Online Budget Forums - Sept. 16 & 23

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    09 Sep 2020

    Thanks to all who joined us for our the online budget forums on Sept. 16 & 23. Didn't make it? Watch them here:



    Thanks to all who joined us for our the online budget forums on Sept. 16 & 23. Didn't make it? Watch them here:



  • 2021 City Manager's Recommended Budget

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    The 2021 City Manager's Recommended Budget was published on Sept. 1, 2020. It will now be reviewed by City Council and the Fort Collins community for potential modifications prior to Council Adoption in November.

    The 2021 City Manager's Recommended Budget was published on Sept. 1, 2020. It will now be reviewed by City Council and the Fort Collins community for potential modifications prior to Council Adoption in November.

  • How Does the City Decide How to Spend Its Money?

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    29 Jul 2020



  • Online Budget Forum - July 16

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    22 Jul 2020

    Thanks to all who joined us for our first online budget forum on July 16. Didn't make it? Watch it here:


    Thanks to all who joined us for our first online budget forum on July 16. Didn't make it? Watch it here:


  • What are the Key Outcome Areas?

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    22 Jul 2020

    The City's Strategic Plan and Budget are aligned across seven Key Outcome Areas, and funding supports programs and services that drive improvement in each outcome. Each Outcome Area includes specific objectives that define different focus areas. While each Outcome Area has unique characteristics, programs and services regularly impact more than one outcome.

    Below are descriptions of each Outcome Area and examples of the programs and services that are funded within each of them.

    • Neighborhood Livability & Social Health: Fort Collins provides a high-quality built environment, supports quality, diverse neighborhoods and fosters the social health of residents.

    The City's Strategic Plan and Budget are aligned across seven Key Outcome Areas, and funding supports programs and services that drive improvement in each outcome. Each Outcome Area includes specific objectives that define different focus areas. While each Outcome Area has unique characteristics, programs and services regularly impact more than one outcome.

    Below are descriptions of each Outcome Area and examples of the programs and services that are funded within each of them.

    • Neighborhood Livability & Social Health: Fort Collins provides a high-quality built environment, supports quality, diverse neighborhoods and fosters the social health of residents.
      • (Includes affordable housing, social health, homelessness services, equity and inclusion, income-qualified rebates, graffiti abatement, neighborhood services, mediation, historic preservation, urban forestry, etc.)
    • Culture & Recreation:Fort Collins provides diverse cultural and recreational amenities.
      • (Includes City recreation, cultural and arts centers, parks, pools, golf courses, FCMoD, Gardens on Spring Creek, Lincoln Center, adaptive recreation and reduced fee scholarship, Art in Public Places program, etc.)
    • Economic Health:Fort Collins has a healthy, sustainable economy reflecting community values.
      • (Includes Light & Power electric utility services, updates and maintenance; Connexion broadband services; Economic Health Office; Visit Fort Collins convention and visitor services; business & workforce support; Business clusters & innovation support; Downtown landscaping and maintenance; etc.)
    • Environmental Health:Fort Collins promotes, protects and enhances a healthy and sustainable environment.
      • (Includes natural areas program, operations and management; Nature in the City program; renewable energy; Environmental Services; climate action planning; air quality; water utility services; water treatment, monitoring and quality; water reclamation; Stormwater utility services; Wastewater utility services; waste reduction, recycling and the Timberline Recycling Center; land conservation; etc.)
    • Safe Community: Fort Collins provides a safe place to live, work, learn and play.
      • (Includes police administration, patrol, criminal investigations; West Nile virus mitigation; Natural Areas Rangers; Municipal Court; police vehicles, equipment and facilities; Poudre Fire Authority fire services; Office of Emergency Preparedness and Security; stormwater services; infrastructure and stream rehabilitation; cybersecurity; etc.)
    • Transportation & Mobility:Fort Collins provides safe and reliable multi-modal travel to, from, and throughout the City.
      • (Includes snow removal; street sweeping; Safe Routes to School & crossing guard program; traffic engineering; FC Moves mobility management; transit fixed-route, 365 and Game Day service; Dial-a-Ride; capital projects; bridges; street maintenance; traffic signals; traffic operations equipment; parking services; parking structures)
    • High Performing Government:Fort Collins exemplifies an efficient, innovative, transparent, effective and collaborative city government
      • (Includes Utilities customer service; City Council; Boards & Commissions; City Manager’s Office; Safety, Security & Risk Management; City Clerk’s Office; City Attorney's Office; communications and public engagement; finance and procurement; human resources; building and fleet services; information technology; etc.)

    How much of the budget goes into each Outcome Area?

    “Other Funds” are restricted and must be used in designated areas for specific purposes.

    The majority of Other Funds in Economic Health are for power purchase to provide electricity to electric customers.