What is Your City, Your Priorities?
Your City Your Priorities is an opportunity for you to learn about and share your priorities for the City’s budget. Our goal is to educate and engage Thousand Oaks residents while bringing a community perspective to the budget process.
Please provide your input by May 7, 2017.
Understanding your vision for the future will help the City allocate spending in a way that meets your needs and aligns with your priorities. Your input will also produce meaningful insights that will allow us to serve you today and in years to come.
What’s the Budget?
For fiscal year (FY) 2016-17, the City’s total budget is $190.1 million. Of this, the City’s General Fund comprises the largest portion at $75.5 million, or 39.7 percent.
The City’s operating budget totals $148.1 million and covers functions such as Police Services, Public Works Services, and Library Services, as well as operating the City’s enterprise funds: Water, Wastewater, Solid Waste, Transportation, Golf Course, and Theaters, which functions as businesses within the City.
The General Fund is the City’s discretionary fund, meaning the revenue it receives has no external legal restriction on how it can be spent. As you can see from this chart, Sales Tax, Property Tax in-Lieu of Vehicle License Fees, and Property Tax are the three primary revenue sources for the General Fund. While these taxes are the biggest sources of discretionary revenue to the City, the City receives a percentage of what the residents pay. For every $1 in sales tax paid, the City receives 9 cents and for every $1 in property tax paid, the City’s General Fund receives 4 cents while the Library receives 2 cents.
The City collaborates with other agencies to provide services not provided by the City itself. These agencies include the Conejo Valley Unified School District, Ventura County Fire District, and Conejo Recreation & Park District. Funding for these agencies is provided by property tax. These particular agencies receive 33 cents, 14 cents, and 5 cents per $1 in property taxes, paid respectively.
For more information on the City’s revenues, expenditures, and budget, please visit the City’s Transparency Page.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I provide input on my budget priorities?
You can provide input using our online budget priorities portal! If you have any feedback on additional pop-ups or ways for us to engage please let us know.
- How do I stay updated on the outcomes of this project?
Sign up for our mailing list to receive updates about this project, or check back regularly. We will post all project information and summary reports on this webpage.
- Why is the City of Thousand Oaks collecting input on community budget priorities?
We want to understand your vision for the future of Thousand Oaks and how we can allocate spending in a way that meets your needs and is aligned with your priorities. Your input will produce meaningful insights on the public budget that will allow City staff to serve you better today and in the years to come.
- Where can I see the city’s budget?
Detailed information about the municipal budget and interactive graphs are via the City’s transparency page.
- Will the City collect community feedback on budget priorities again in the future?
Yes, in addition to the questions included in the Community Attitude Study, the City plans to collect additional input from residents about budget priorities every other year alignment with the budget cycle.
- Where and when can I see a summary of the results?
Sign up for our mailing list to receive updates about this project, or check back regularly. All project information, including summary reports, will be posted on this webpage.
- How long does this project last?
We request that you please provide your input via our online budget priorities simulator by March 19, 2017!
Please let us know if you have any questions or ideas regarding the municipal budget. You can also share your budget priorities via the budget priorities portal!
All documents related to this project will be posted here as they become available.