City Budget Process

Participate in the Budget Process

Approving the City’s Annual Budget is one of the most important decisions made by City Council. The 2021 budget will be based on staff recommendations and input received from the community. 

The public is invited to attend any or all City Council meetings where the budget is discussed. The City will also provide additional engagement opportunities for residents who wish to participate in the budget process.

Tuesday, January 21

7 p.m. at Hopkins City Hall in the Council Chambers
Information on the City’s financial management plan and how the budget process works will be presented during a City Council meeting.

March 6-May 19

The City’s Budget Survey will be available on March 6.  Please use this form to submit any general comments or questions about the budget process.

Tuesday, April 28 

5-7 p.m. at Hopkins City Hall in the Raspberry Room
The County Assessor holds an Open Book meeting for the purpose of discussing property valuations that will be used for 2021 taxes. (Property owners can also call the assessor at any time to review a valuation)

Tuesday, May 19

6-7 p.m. at Hopkins City Hall in the Council Chambers
A public meeting will be held to discuss the budget process and the Financial Management Plan, focusing on the next five years. There will be opportunities for the public to provide input.

Tuesday, August 18

6-7 p.m. at Hopkins City Hall in the Council Chambers
A public meeting will be held to discuss the budget process, the Financial Management Plan and the proposed 2021 budget. There will be opportunities for the public to provide input.

Tuesday, September 1 or 15

7 p.m. at Hopkins City Hall in the Council Chambers
A preliminary budget and tax levy will be approved.

Monday, November 30

7 p.m. at Hopkins City Hall in the Council Chambers
A Truth in Taxation hearing will be held as a separate City Council meeting. It is being held on a Monday to avoid conflicts with other taxing jurisdictions.

Tuesday, December 1 or 15

7 p.m. at Hopkins City Hall in the Council Chambers
A final budget and tax levy will be approved.