A Guide to the Colorado Springs City Budget
This guide provides a brief overview of the budget document and helps identify the section in which the reader may be most interested. The City Budget contains the City Officials, and is followed by the City Manager's Letter, City Organizational Chart, 2010 Budget Objectives, Colorado Springs at a Glance, General Fund Summary, All Funds Summary, Position Summary, Narratives, General Costs, Capital Improvements, and Appendices.
A brief description and a link to each document is provided below.
- The listing of City Officials provides the City Council members, Council Appointees, Senior City Management Staff, and members of the Budget staff.
- The City Manager's Letter provides an overview of the budget, the major financial and service issues, and strategies for the General Fund. (pg. iii to vii)
- The City Organizational Chart provides an overview of the City organizational structure. (pg. viii)
- The 2010 Budget Objectives provides an overview of the objectives that were established by City Council at the beginning of the 2010 Budget preparation cycle. (pg. ix to x)
- Colorado Springs at a Glance provides fast facts about Colorado Springs, such as population, median age, street miles, and a Community Profile. (pg. xi to xiv)
- The General Fund Summary (chapter 1) contains the Economic Overview, Revenue Overview, and Expenditure Overview. The General Fund includes basic services such as: Community, Infrastructure, and Development; Finance and Administrative Services; Fire; Police; Transportation and Parks. This section provides tables and graphs of revenue and expenditures.
- The All Funds Summary (chapter 2) provides an overview of budgets, a fund balance overview for all funds, a brief review of the City's financial and fund structure, and contains information on special revenue, internal services, and fiduciary funds.
- The Position Summary (chapter 3) provides an overview of the distribution of employees by fund and business center. It also presents changes in employees between current year and prior year.
- The Department Narratives contain summary information at the organizational unit level. This includes an organizational chart, a summary of the department, operating budget, personnel summary, major changes to the budget, performance indicators, and major objectives. Click on any of the following to view the narrative:
Fire (chapter 19)
Police (chapter 20)
Transportation and Parks (chapters 21 - 26): Organizational Chart, Airport, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, Fleet Management, Parking System Enterprise, Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, Transit Services
- The General Costs section (chapter 27) contains information on general costs and debt management.
- The Capital Improvements section (chapter 28) provides a description of the City's ongoing capital improvements.
- The final section is the Appendices (A - H), which includes Budget Development, Financial Policies, the City's Strategic Plan, Detailed Expenditures, Detailed Revenue Estimates, Service Impacts and Fiscal Management, Appropriations Ordinance, and the Index.
Also, for quick reference, a summary of the service reductions included in the 2010 budget is provided below.
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services received a supplemental appropriation in April to continue some services for the remainder of 2010 The Impact Statements accessed by the links below reflects this change in funding.
Service Reduction Impacts Statement - Summary - updated May 2010
Service Reduction Impacts Statement - full version - updated May 2010