The city of Bozeman has proposed a $200 million budget for the next year, roughly $82 million higher than this year’s budget.

City Manager Andrea Surratt will present the proposed budget to commissioners Monday.

Surratt called the budget atypical. Nearly half of the increase is tied to the upcoming Bozeman Public Safety Center. Last year, city residents approved the roughly $40 million construction project through a bond initiative.

“That’s what’s changing the amount of revenue [and] the amount of financing sources because we’ll be selling the bonds for that this fiscal year,” Surratt said Friday. “It’s skewing our numbers.”

Staff estimate the budget would mean the typical Bozeman homeowner would pay about $2,373 in city taxes and fees a year. That’s a jump of $10 a month, or $121 over the year.

It’s still early in the city’s budget talks. Bozeman’s fiscal year begins July 1 and runs through June 2020. There are at least four budget discussions on the city’s agenda through June 24, when the budget’s final hearing is scheduled.

Even beyond the construction of the safety center, the 2020 proposed budget surpasses last year by roughly $42 million.

Bozeman Finance Director Kristin Donald said capital improvement projects are a big piece of that. Aside from the public safety center, the proposed budget suggests spending nearly $33 million on infrastructure and equipment upgrades, including the public safety center cost.

That includes nearly $7 million to expand Bozeman’s water capacity and more than $2 million on pipe replacement, repairs and water tank inspections or improvements. There’s also $9.6 million intended for new street construction.

This year’s budget set a record for Bozeman spending.

Surratt said while this year is unique, it makes sense for a city’s spending to increase alongside its population.

“This year it was a very difficult task to balance the needs and desires of the community with the resources that we have available,” Surratt wrote in her budget message.

The proposed budget would have the city hire more workers, increasing to roughly 448 full-time employees. That’s up from 429 in 2019.

There will also be some staff pay and benefit increases, which Surratt said would help the city compete to hire and keep employees.

Bozeman’s city commission will have the final say on the budget.

Surratt said Monday’s presentation is a chance to explain the context of the budget.

“We have to start somewhere to propose the budget and we want to propose it with the strategic plan in mind, with our current local economy in mind,” Surratt said.

The commission meeting will be 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Katheryn Houghton can be reached at khoughton@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2628. Follow her on Twitter @K_Hought.

Katheryn Houghton is the city government and health reporter for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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