Houston city department heads are presenting budget proposals throughout April and May amid unprecedented economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
With only essential businesses open and record high unemployment claims throughout Texas and the U.S., the city is facing potentially historic reductions in tax revenue.
Last year, Houston City Council voted to commit to follow a zero-based budgeting approach for the fiscal year 2020-21 budget, meaning each expenditure needs to be justified by department heads rather than assumed to be carried over from the previous fiscal year.
All workshops are streamed on HTV, and residents can provide feedback remotely by following the city’s new public meeting guidelines.
Below is the workshop schedule.
10 a.m.: Police department
11 a.m.: Fire department
1 p.m.: Finance department
2 p.m.: Mayor’s office
3 p.m.: Controller’s office
9 a.m.: City Council
10 a.m.: General services
11 a.m.: Library
1 p.m.: Planning and development
2 p.m.: Department of neighborhoods
3 p.m.: Parks and recreation
1 p.m.: Office of Business Opportunity
2 p.m.: Human Resources
1 p.m.: Administration & Regulatory Affairs
2 p.m.: Solid Waste
3 p.m.: Houston Health
1 p.m.: Municipal courts
2 p.m.: Housing
3 p.m.: Legal
1 p.m.: Special called meeting, five-year forecast
2 p.m.: Houston Public Works
3 p.m.: Information Technology
1 p.m.: Fleet
2 p.m.: Houston Airport System
1 p.m.: Special meeting, trends report
9 a.m.: Public hearing of proposed FY 2020-21 budget, City Council vote