The budget is a plan. It is a financial proposal that annually directs the provision of public services and facilities. This plan represents the City Manager’s and City Council’s commitment to provide for the most important citizen needs within the boundaries of available revenue (funds).
The money collected by the city from taxes, grants, fees, and many other sources to pay for this plan is called revenue. The money spent on salaries, materials, and equipment to provide these planned services and facilities is called expenditures. By city law, revenues and expenditures must be equal in the Annual Budget. This is what is meant by a balanced budget.
In Newport News, water services are provided by a separate department with its own distinct budget. Likewise, automotive maintenance and repair services for city-owned vehicles, solid waste collections, and wastewater (sewer) maintenance are provided by a department with an individual budget separate from the other general operating city departments. The City Council must give approval to each separate budget. They are included in the city’s overall (total) budget plan.
If you have any questions, please email the Department of Budget and Evaluation.