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FY 2017-18 Budget Process
Christiansburg Town Council approved the FY 2017-18 budget on Tuesday, June 27.

FY 2017-18 Budget

Just want the highlights? We've got you covered with our first annual budget summary - a brief overview of this fiscal year's budget and the projects it supports. Check it out!

Budget Amendment
Christiansburg Town Council approved the following budget amendment on Nov. 28, 2017:

Budget Amendment Cover Sheet
Budget Amendment

Understanding the Budget Process

FY 2017-18 Budget: Where does our funding come from?
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FY 2017-18 Budget: What is our funding spent on?
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Note: The $5.3 million difference between our total revenue and total expenditures is covered using reserves: funding from previous years that was not used during the fiscal year it was initially budgeted. 

FY 2017-18 Change in Water and Sewer Rates

The Town of Christiansburg purchases its water from the New River Valley Regional Water Authority, which also services the Town of Blacksburg, Montgomery County and Virginia Tech. The Authority sells water at a wholesale rate to its members, who then store and deliver the treated water to customers. Customers are billed directly by the jurisdiction in which they reside or do business. 

This year, the Authority's wholesale rate is increasing to help pay for major - and essential - water treatment plant and system upgrades. That wholesale increase is requiring the Authority's members to raise water rates for its customers. 

Additionally, Christiansburg's wastewater treatment facility has not received any major upgrades in almost 20 years. The facility and sewer system now require improvements to ensure continued, quality service. 

Town Council approved the new water and sewer rates on June 13. The new rates went into effect July 1, 2017.
 Take a look at this infographic to learn more.

Budget Process Calendar

November 2016
-Town Council and staff participated in a two-day retreat to identify and prioritize projects and initiatives moving forward. The ultimate result was Destination 2022 - an updated and revised version of Council's Vision 2020. 

January 2017
-Budget templates and forms were distributed to departments, and staff met to discuss the budget process. 
-Departments held close-out meetings with the Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager and Finance Director to evaluate their current year budgets and identify problems, potential savings and trends relevant to the preparation of the FY 2017-18 budget.

-Department personnel requests were due to Human Resources. 

February 2017

-Capital outlay requests were due to the Finance Department and Town Manager. 
-Budget goal and priority forms were distributed to Town Council and completed by Council members. 

March 2017
-Departmental budget requests were due, along with final end of year expenditure estimates. 
-Management reviewed and provided feedback on departmental requests. 

April 2017
-Departments presented their proposed budgets to the Town Manager and the Budget Review Team. Departments also provided written responses to manager feedback.

May 2017
-(5/2): Town Council held a work session to discuss the annual budget for the upcoming fiscal year, including an update on the budget process, consideration of water and sewer rates and consideration of community development programs and community support requests.
-(5/9): Town Council held a work session to discuss the FY 2017-18 budget and water and sewer rates. 
-(5/16): Town Council held a work session to discuss water and sewer rates and the North Christiansburg Regional Park.
-(5/23): Finance Director Valerie Tweedie presented the draft FY 2017-18 budget to Town Council during a regular meeting (PowerPoint). Town Council held a work session following the regular meeting to discuss the budget.

June 2017
-(6/27): Town Council approved the FY 2017-18 budget in a 6-0 vote.