Annually, a city shall prepare and adopt a budget, and shall certify taxes as follows:
1. A budget must be prepared for at least the following fiscal year. When required by rules of the committee, a tentative budget must be prepared for one or two ensuing years. A proposed budget must show estimates of the following:
a. Expenditures for each program.
b. Income from sources other than property taxation.
c. Amount to be raised by property taxation, and the property tax rate expressed in dollars per one thousand dollars assessed valuation.
A budget must show comparisons between the estimated expenditures in each program in the following year and the actual expenditures in each program during the two preceding years. Wherever practicable, as provided in rules of the committee, a budget must show comparisons between the levels of service provided by each program as estimated for the following year, and actual levels of service provided by each program during the two preceding years.
2. Not less than twenty days before the date that a budget must be certified to the county auditor and not less than ten days before the date set for the hearing, the clerk shall make available a sufficient number of copies of the detailed budget to meet the requests of taxpayers and organizations, and have them available for distribution at the offices of the mayor and clerk and at the city library, if any, or have a copy posted at one of the three places designated by ordinance for posting notices if there is no library.
3. The council shall set a time and place for public hearing on the budget before the final certification date and shall publish notice before the hearing as provided in section 362.3. A summary of the proposed budget shall be included in the notice. Proof of publication must be filed with the county auditor.
4. At the hearing, any resident or taxpayer of the city may present to the council objections to any part of the budget for the following fiscal year or arguments in favor of any part of the budget.
5. After the hearing, the council shall adopt by resolution a budget for at least the next fiscal year, and the clerk shall certify the necessary tax levy for the next fiscal year to the county auditor and the county board of supervisors. The tax levy certified may be less than but not more than the amount estimated in the proposed budget submitted at the final hearing, unless an additional tax levy is approved at a city election. Two copies each of the detailed budget as adopted and of the tax certificate must be transmitted to the county auditor, who shall complete the certificates and transmit a copy of each to the department of management.
[C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 370, 375--;378, 381, 383; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, § 24.3, 24.9--;24.12, 24.15, 24.17; C75, 77, 79, 81, § 384.16]
Referred to in § 327I.14, 384.2, 384.18, 419.11, 444.25
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