The City of Gainesville's budget cycle begins each year on July 1. During the preceding six months, Financial Services works with all City departments to create the city manager's proposed budget, which reflects the policy decisions of the Gainesville City Council. The city manager presents the proposed budget to the Council in May and the public is given the opportunity to provide input. The Council must vote to approve a balanced budget by June 30 before the new fiscal year begins.

The Council also approves the property tax rate (millage rate) for City government. As the tax-collecting authority for the Gainesville City School System, the Council also adopts the millage rate for the Gainesville City Board of Education.

Fiscal Year 2024 budget

Dig deeper into how your tax dollars are being put to work in our community. This annual 300-page publication serves as a policy document, operations guide, financial plan and communications device. Review the adopted Fiscal Year 2024 budget here. Additionally, take the opportunity to review additional budget reports from past fiscal years.

City of Gainesville's mission

To enrich the community of Gainesville by practicing good stewardship of resources, and providing innovative and exemplary services for all people. To accomplish this mission, the City will:

  • Be accountable to citizens and each other for our actions
  • Be exemplary in our service quality, low expenditures and effectiveness
  • Be innovative in our economic development in order to stimulate the local economy
  • Continue to revitalize the Midtown area to further the close-knit community feel
  • Maintain the attitude of "Do more with less/efficiency first"
  • Uphold the highest professional and ethical standards

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

This report is published to provide you and other interested parties with detailed information concerning the financial condition of the City of Gainesville. The report consists of management's representations concerning the finances of the City and was prepared by Financial Services staff. Rushton and Company LLC, a firm of certified public accountants, has audited the City's financial statements.