Budget & Financial Plans

Purpose of the Budget:

  1. To set goals objectives, and service levels for the City to meet during the next year (thus insuring the provision of City services to Milpitas residents).
  2. To estimate and allocate the money the City will take in and spend during the year.


Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Annual Budget Development:

On January 25, 2022, the City Council kicked off the annual budget process with the Preliminary FY 2022-23 Budget Study Session. As presented at the study session, as part of the annual budget process, staff proposed a robust community outreach program including a multilingual statistically valid poll, a Budget Survey for community input regarding the Council Priority Areas, and virtual community budget meetings. Per the, FY 2022-23 Budget Calendar, the City Manager released the FY 2022-23 Proposed Budget on April 29, 2022. The FY2022-23 Proposed Budget was presented to Council at the budget study session on May 10, 2022.

On June 7, 2022 the City Council adopted FY2022-23 Operating Budget in amount of $207.8 million. With the release of the FY 2022-23 Adopted Budget document approved by the City Council on June 7th, 2022, the City launched its Budget Transparency Tool and published the FY 2022-23 Budget-in-Brief document.

Budget Survey:

Our online survey closed on April 30, 2022 and was your chance to share with us what matters most to you with the City Council as we prepared recommendations for the annual budget. The community outreach feedback was submitted to the City Council as a part of the May 10 Budget Study Session.

Citywide Satisfaction Survey:

In January 2022, the City contracted with Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) to conduct a City-wide survey on levels of satisfaction regarding city services, which was presented to Council on March 15, 2022. FM3 is a California-based company that has been conducting public policy-oriented opinion research since 1981 and has worked with hundreds of local government agencies in research and strategic services. In order to conduct a true community satisfaction survey of adult residents, FM3 conducted an “address-based” survey with a combination of phone numbers, emails and residential addresses. The survey data was collected in January 2022 and the survey was available in English, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Both email and mailed postcards were sent to geographical clusters throughout the City directing recipients to complete an online survey and after the first wave was completed, remaining open areas were targeted to complete a telephone survey. Because of the strong response from the community, FM3 was able to provide statistically sound and fully representative results from the adult residents of Milpitas at a 95% confidence interval, higher than originally anticipated, clearly demonstrating that the community is eager to provide their feedback to the City Council and administration and have a very strong favorable sentiment towards Milpitas and the services offered.


FY 2022-23 Preliminary Budget Study Session:

On January 25, 2022, the City Council held the FY 2022-23 Preliminary Budget Study Session. At the Study Session, staff presented the Ten-Year Financial Forecast for the General Fund, the Community engagement strategy for the upcoming budget year, and City Departments’ accomplishments, initiatives, and operational constraints.  The City’s General Fund funds primarily the Police, Fire, Recreation and administrative departments.


Budget Transparency: 

The Budget Transparency Tool provides residents and businesses with many views of the City’s FY 2022-23 Adopted Budget and prior year budget and actual revenue and expenditure data. The City encourages viewers to explore trends in revenues and expenditures over time; drill down into expenses by fund, department, or account type; display the data as graphs or charts; download data into Excel; and send comments directly to the City online.

The 15-page Budget-in-Brief document highlights major investments being made in the City of Milpitas for this fiscal year and provides facts about the City. It presents the major sources of funding and the services provided by the City, including the infrastructure it constructs and maintains. For questions and comments regarding the City’s budget, please email us at budget@milpitas.gov.



Below are the current and most recent Budget and Financial Plan documents available for review and download. For the annual capital improvement programs please follow this link.

American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): 

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which allocated the City of Milpitas $16,736,815. The summary of the programs created with ARPA funding can be found on page 116 of the FY2022-23 Adopted Budget. 

Appropriations Limit

Article XIIIB of the California State Constitution, more commonly referred to as the Gann Initiative or Gann Appropriations Limit, was approved by California voters in November 1979 and placed limits on the amount of proceeds of taxes that state and local governmental agencies can receive and spend each year. If an agency receives more revenue than the Appropriations Limit, the excess revenue must be returned to the taxpayers through a tax reduction or refund within the next two years. Alternatively, the agency can increase its Appropriations Limit through voters’ approval.

FY 2022-23 Appropriations Limit

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