City Hall

City Hall is shown Tuesday off Rouse Avenue.

Bozeman city commissioners will vote on a budget Monday that’s built around city priorities like affordable housing, parks maintenance and community outreach.

The $200 million proposed budget outlines how much money the city will spend in the next year, how much revenue it estimates the city will bring in and how much is needed to run city government itself. The city manager’s office built the proposed budget, which was made public in April.

Commissioners have been considering the proposal ever since, and can make adjustments to the spending at Monday night’s meeting in City Hall at 6 p.m.

City Manager Andrea Surratt said in an email that budget planning was guided by the city’s strategic plan. That plan is available on the city’s website and includes priorities like investing in public works and building a new public safety center.

“We’re a city with growth and growing needs and our budget reflects that,” Surratt said. “Significant capital improvements are recommended to keep our city’s quality of life high with adequate road infrastructure, safe and clean drinking water, and a commitment to public safety for now and into the future.”

The city estimates Bozeman’s population will double by 2040. Officials pitched building a Public Safety Center to keep emergency and court services on pace with the growth. Voters approved $36.9 million last November for construction, which eats up a large portion of the total expenditures.

Monday night’s city commission vote will finalize city spending, but levies are also considered in the proposed budget. The average Bozeman property with a calculated tax value of $292,000 would see about a $121 increase in taxes under the city manager’s plan. However, the city will not finalize its taxes until the Department of Revenue sends property reappraisals in August.

The city commission will vote on all seven parts of the budget Monday. One of the most important parts is the city’s general fund, which pays for local government services and gives money to outside organizations like HRDC.

The meeting is open to the public and allots time for public comment.

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