Podcast series takes a closer look at the city’s proposed FY 22 budget

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

What a difference a year makes!

Last year, the pandemic gave us a near-dormant economy and enormous uncertainty. This year, we see genuine signs of hope and recovery — normalcy, even? — that went into the development of the City of College Station’s proposed fiscal year 2022 budget.

In this four-part mini-series called All Up In Your Budget, Fiscal Services Director Mary Ellen Leonard joins me to discuss the main takeaways from the proposed $353.7M budget (Spoiler: No recommended increases to the tax rate or to the electric, water and wastewater rates) and talk about important proposed increases to public safety and other core services.

Starting Monday, the city council will conduct a series of workshops about the budget proposal. The workshops continue through next Wednesday.

The budget was first presented to the council on July 8. A public hearing on the budget and tax rate is July 27, followed by adoption as early as Aug. 12.

Episode No. 1 — Conditions & Revenues

Episode No. 2 — Expenses

Episode No. 3 — Enterprise Funds (Utilities & More)

Episode No. 4 — Capital Projects & Debt

<strong><em><span class="has-inline-color has-medium-gray-color">About the Blogger</span></em></strong>
About the Blogger

Jay Socol is in his 11th year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several College Station-Bryan radio stations. A native of Breckenridge, he was president of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers from 2016-18.

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