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2023 Annual Budget
The City of Grand Junction has begun the 2023 budget process and there are several opportunities for community members to be engaged in the process.
Project Overview
Summary
The City of Grand Junction has begun the 2023 budget process and there are several opportunities for community members to be engaged in the process. An important part of the process is hearing from the community regarding priorities, programs, and services they feel are important. The 2020 Comprehensive Plan had significant public input, which is utilized in developing the City’s annual budget for the delivery of programs and services. The City’s annual budget is adopted by City Council for a one-year period beginning January 1 through December 31 of each year.

City Council provides direction for the budget through the City’s Strategic Priorities which are:

  • Mobility & Infrastructure
  • Economic Development
  • Housing
  • Public Safety
  • Quality of Life

With the strategic priorities as the blueprint, City staff prepares the annual budget while gathering input from the community. Community budget discussions are scheduled for August 10 and 11, 2022, and more information can be found in the project's timeline below.

As part of the budget process, City Council shows their commitment to community non-profit organizations with support for a non-profit funding request process that is now open for applications. This year, City Council has expanded the process by creating a tiered approach to the applications. The 2023 non-profit funding request process has been revised to include requests in two tiers based on the amount being requested. Tier 1 includes requests for $50,000 or less and Tier 2 includes requests greater than $50,000.
 
All non-profit funding requests will be evaluated based on alignment with strategic priorities. Funding decisions will be made by City Council and prioritized according to available resources. The deadline for submitting applications for Non-Profit Funding is August 17, 2022, and applications and more information are available online.
Representatives
Jodi Welch
Finance Director
Resources
Budget Process Timeline ( 0.14 MB )
Timeline
Update Wed, Aug 10, 2022
Virtual Community Budget Discussion
August 10, 2022, at noon
Register for the virtual community budget discussion:
https://bit.ly/GJCityBudgetDiscussion
 
Update Thu, Aug 11, 2022
Community Budget Discussion
August 11, 2022, at 5 p.m.
City Hall Auditorium, 250 N 5th Street at 5 p.m.
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Jason Nguyen
∙ Aug 16, 2022 ∙ 8:42am
There are two major themes that I'd like to see emphasized in the budget, which I think are consistent with council priorities. These themes are empowering non-car mobility/reducing car-dependency and increasing housing supply and density. I think these two themes touch on almost all the council priorities either directly or indirectly, and have some synergistic effects which I'll describe below. Mobility is central to to someone's quality of life in the city but our current system basically only caters to cars leaving people who want more options with inconvenient, uncomfortable or unsafe alternatives. By empowering alternative forms of transit through better infrastructure we alleviate wear and tear on our roads, we improve air quality and public health, and we enable cheaper mobility which has knock on economic effects - cars are generally the most expensive form of transit on a cost per mile basis, so if citizens can spend less on mobility, they have more money to spend in other ways. By my estimate, this focus area touches on Mobility & Infrastructure, Economic Development (effectively requiring car ownership/usage is an unnecessary economic burden on the individual, more options is better), Public Safety (our active transit users are the most vulnerable users in our mobility system and are injured and killed at much higher rates than people in cars), and Quality of Life (increasing active mobility options has a lot of individual and community benefits). The second area of great interest to me is housing, particularly the ways in which we can increase housing supply and density. The basic economics of supply/demand tells us that if we are able to increase supply, we should see the cost of housing go down. This is good for our community in that it helps keep people off the streets (Public Safety), helps keep our community affordable (Quality of Life/Economic Development), and increases the livability overall (Quality of Life). Where density comes into play is in making sure what we're building actually fits the diverse needs of our community. Broadly distributed single-family homes, requiring cars or multiple cars to participate in the community/economy is not a scalable solution community wide. Again here we need more options to better accommodate various economic and life situations. Density also has a good knock on effect for allowing more and cheaper mobility options, further decreasing costs for citizens. At the end of the day, housing should be viewed as a fundamental need for it's citizens, not an expensive luxury. Thanks for your time!
Ian Thomas
∙ Aug 9, 2022 ∙ 7:45am
Hello! My name is Ian Thomas, and I am the organizer for GJ Bike Night. I've talked to riders of all ages and abilities over the last year, and there are a few things that have stood out to me that could be addressed through the budget process. First off, many of the existing bike lanes in the city are filled with glass, gravel, branches, and other road debris. During the winter, they are filled with snow and ice. I would love to see the City consider purchasing a small plow or other bike lane specific street cleaner to take care of the infrastructure we have and make the riding experience safer and more enjoyable. This purchase would also ideally be able to clean future protected bike lanes. Second, in the last budget process, the ratio of investments for expanding vehicle capacity to providing safe alternatives was less than desirable. In order to reach our full potential and provide safe, equitable, and well connected bike/ped networks, we need to put real money into expanding and improving. Encouraging biking and walking through infrastructure investments is a well documented means of reducing vehicular traffic, and reducing demand for our already stressed traffic network. Thank you!