2021 Budget

A Guide to the Budget Process 

The City is in the process of developing its 2021 budget. The budget has significance importance...

  • It represents City Council’s goals and policies
  • It serves as a guide to City and departmental operations
  • It identifies where your tax dollars and other revenues are being spent

A budget is developed annually, but the budget process is ongoing and relies on strategic planning, public input, City Council goals, and economic indicators.  The budget must also comply with all state and federal requirements.    

2021 Timeline and Public Participation

Over the next few months City Council will review and study forecasted revenues and proposed expenditures for the 2021 budget. The City Manager will present a proposed budget based on council’s direction, and the public will have 3 opportunities to provide input prior to the final adoption of the budget in December.  

Public Hearings 
The public is invited and encouraged to participate as the budget is developed. Opportunities include listening in on City Council budget study sessions and meetings, and contributing to the dialogue during public hearings scheduled Subscribe to Council Meeting Agenda Notificationsfor November 2, November 16 and December 7.

Subscribe to receive meeting notifications and agendas here.  

Public Input Guides City Council's Priorities 

Community Vision & Strategic Plan
In 2018, more than 2,000 community members participated in the Battle Ground Roadmap visioning process that resulted in a Community Vision and Strategic Action Plan. City Council relies on the plan and its 5 community-identified focus areas of community, well-being, growth, identity and prosperity to develop its goals and priorities. 

Fire Annexation
In February of this year, voters elected to annex into Fire District 3. Beginning in 2021, the City will no longer contract for Fire/EMS services. Property owners will pay a new fire levy to Fire District 3 who will provide services directly. 

The City made a commitment to the community to utilize the funds that previously went to the fire/EMS contract by:

  • Decreasing the utility tax rate on water, sewer and stormwater from 22% to 12% (a 46% decrease).
  • Increasing maintenance and preservation of roads;
  • Funding additional police officers to support increased traffic patrols, investigations, proactive policing, community outreach, and to re-implement the K-9 program
  • Increasing park maintenance, providing additional playground equipment, and planning for future parks and trails  
  • Improving the aesthetics of street medians, public areas, and planting strips throughout the city.  

Vehicle Tab Fee Initiative
In November of 2019, statewide measure I-976, commonly referred to as the “$30 car tab initiative”, was passed by a majority of voters. Due to ongoing litigation, the Department of Licensing (DOL) continues to collect all vehicle fees. View the DOL Fact Sheet here.

With a desire to honor the will of voters, the Battle Ground City Council has adopted an ordinance to cut the Battle Ground TBD (Transportation Benefit District) tab fee.  Beginning in January 2021, residents of the City will not be assessed the $20 Battle Ground TBD fee when renewing vehicle tabs.

The impact to the 2021 budget is the loss of the TBD revenue, approximately $290,000 for street maintenance and preservation.    

City Calendar

City Council meeting agendas are posted 5 days prior to the meeting date.  

City Council Priorities 

  • Public Safety – Continue to invest in safety efforts maintain or increasing level of services and community outreach programs to ensure community well-being.
  • Beautification – Protect and promote the city by improving the presentation of city facilities and land to create a more welcoming environment for residents and visitors.
  • Livability – Preserve city infrastructure and services, and promote livability through multimodal transportation and interconnected parks and trail networks.
  • Efficiencies – Adopt financial initiatives that streamline government to ensure government services are delivered in a cost effective manner that is affordable and efficient.
  • Economic Development and Tourism – Put efforts towards expanding the city’s economic base. Work on implementing the Community Vision by focusing on redevelopment of the downtown core, branding of the city, and targeting commercial and industrial sectors that will be successful in Battle Ground.
  • Managed Growth – Be strategic about future growth and annexation. Ensure a balance of housing types and services are provided. Continue to expand infrastructure needs to accommodate growth. Future growth should be balanced, and diverse, including the future housing development.
  • Strategic Planning/Partnerships – Implement Community Vision initiatives and continue planning and budgeting for the future need. Boost community partnerships to create cohesive programs and plans that are fiscally responsible and beneficial to the community as a whole.