Current City Budget



ON JUNE 23, 2020

City of Mountain View, CA


Notice of a joint public hearing of the following legislative bodies at 6:30 p.m. or as soon thereafter as possible to review the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Proposed Annual Budgets, Proposed Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Trash and Recycling Rates and Various Proposed City Fees:

 •City Council of the City of Mountain View

•Board of Directors of the Mountain View Shoreline Regional Park Community

•Board of Directors of the City of Mountain View Capital Improvements Financing Authority

This meeting will be conducted in accordance with the State of California Executive Order N-29-20, dated March 17, 2020. All members of the City Council will participate in the meeting by video conference, with no physical meeting location.  

The meeting will be broadcast live at, on YouTube at, and on Comcast Channel 26.  Members of the public wishing to provide comments to the City Council may send an email to, sign up to provide comments during the video conference meeting at beginning on Thursday, June 18, 2020 or mail comments to City Clerk, P.O. Box 7540, Mountain View, California, 94039-7540.

The budget document, including fees, is available on the City’s website below. The meeting agenda and staff report will be available on Friday, June 19, at 

Dated this 9th day of June, 2020

                               Jesse Takahashi

                              Finance and Administrative Services Director


Fiscal Year 2020-21 Proposed Budget

The June 9, 2020 public hearing provides the opportunity for the City Council to discuss, and for the public to provide input on, the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Proposed Budget and Five-Year Financial Forecast.  At the time of developing the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Proposed Budget, the world has been grappling with the unprecedented effects of COVID-19.

The City has historically taken proactive and strategic steps to ensure the City's fiscal health and sustainability, including diversifying its revenues, adopting a structurally balanced annual budget, funding long-term needs, and maintaining prudent reserves.  These practices have positioned the City to better withstand the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consequently, current projections indicate the City can maintain current service levels in Fiscal Year 2020-21 with sufficient revenues to fund operating expenditures, including salary and benefit costs, and other priorities.  Notably, unlike in past years, there is a limited amount of funding available for long-term liabilities and strategic reserves and, in an abundance of caution, the City is filling staffing vacancies on a case-by-case basis, prioritizing sworn safety personnel and positions critical to COVID-19 response efforts.

Taking into account the ongoing situation we are currently experiencing, development of the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Proposed Budget incorporates the following priority areas:

  • Essential service delivery and COVID-19 community response efforts, including services for the most vulnerable residents;
  • Return or recovery of Citywide operations once the shelter-in-place order is modified;
  • Economic development and small business strategy efforts;
  • Public communications, engagement, and community-building;
  • Strategic planning for the future, with an emphasis on innovation, efficiency, and operational improvements designed to better serve the community and achieve desired outcomes as we adapt to the crisis and the "next normal".

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Budget Schedule:

  • June 9, 2020 Public Hearing: Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-21
  • June 23, 2020 Public Hearing: Budget Adoption for Fiscal Year 2020-21 including CIP Funding

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Proposed Budget Report

Fiscal Year 2020-21 Proposed Budget Presentation

Fiscal Year 2019-20 adopted Budget

The City’s budget continues to reflect a strong local economy that is stimulating development and significant property tax growth.  Most economists still believe the State and regional fundamentals of employment and job growth are strong and that the chance of a recession over the next 24 months is possible but low.  Although it is uncertain when the next economic slowdown will occur, based on history, it is highly likely one will occur in the near future.  Consequently, the City’s budgetary forecast assumes an economic downturn beginning in Fiscal Year 2020-21 and continuing into Fiscal Year 2021-22.  The Adopted Budget document details the City Manager's recommendations for Fiscal Year 2019-20, supplements to reserves, commitment to sustainability, and continuing contributions to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).

The Fiscal Year 2019-20 Annual Budget, Water, Wastewater, and Trash and Recycling Rates, and Various City Fees were presented to the City Council at a public hearing on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 and adopted at the second public hearing on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Adopted Budget Report

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Adopted Budget Presentation 

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Proposed Budget Report

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Proposed Budget Presentation

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Narrative Budget Report

Fiscal Year 2019-20 Narrative Budget Presentation