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The city 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 City Council. The City Manager presents the proposed budget to City Council in May, and the public is given the opportunity to provide input. The City Council must vote to approve a balanced budget by June 30, before the new fiscal year begins.

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


The city’s budget provides an operational plan for delivering services to the community. The budget establishes expenditures and revenues. Gainesville adopts an annual balanced budget.

Activities generally financed through taxes, intergovernmental revenues, and other non-exchange revenues are generally reported in governmental funds. A fund is an entity with a self-balancing set of accounts that the City uses to track specific resources and expenditures.
*The tables and charts shown are presented on a fund level basis of accounting.

Key City Services

Total Consolidated City Funds | $185.7 M

Total Consolidated Funds

Fund table

General Fund Expenditures by Service Group plus Fire Services Fund | $41.3 M

The City’s second largest Fund is the General Fund. This fund includes core services that the City provides, such as public safety (police and fire), public works, judicial, and general administrative support.

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Services table

Featured Capital Fund Projects | $31.5 M

The City’s third largest Fund is the Capital Improvement Fund. This Fund is connected with the City’s long-term investments in streets, infrastructure, vehicles, public facilities and other equipment. This year we highlight important ways that these projects keep our community connected.


To learn more about these featured capital projects, view the PDFs at the end of this page in the Related Documents section.

City Property Taxes

The City has adopted the following ad valorem tax rates on property:

2020 Budget

FY Annual Budget and Capital FY20 Annual Budget and Capital
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, as an operations guide, as a financial plan and as a communications device.



Financial Review of Fiscal Year 2018

2018 Popular Annual Financial Report FY18 Popular Annual Financial Report
As part of our commitment to provide our citizens information about their city, we are pleased to present this Citizen's Report. The goal of this report is to provide highlighted information about your city's organizational structure, government operations, financial condition, and services offered in an uncomplicated and understandable format.


Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2019
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 of Gainesvile, and was prepared by the staff of the Financial Services group. Rushton and Company, LLC, a firm of certified public accountants has audited the City of Gainesville's financial statements.