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Budget Policies

This page provides sample budget policies from cities and counties in Washington State.

Overview

Budget policies are typically adopted to clarify the budget process. Operating budget policies address roles and responsibilities of the budget process, timelines, definitions of a balanced budget, and budget controls such as fund balance levels. Budget policies are an important step in a more strategic and long-term financial planning approach to the fiscal wellbeing of local government.

Sample Budget Policies

Below are examples of city and county budget policies. These policies are often adopted every budget cycle as part of the budget document, or as part of a comprehensive financial management policy. Sometimes they are adopted as stand-alone policies.

For other examples of budget policies, see the examples in our comprehensive financial management policies. For actual budget documents, see MRSC’s Sample Document Library and (for counties) our Washington County Profiles.

City/Town Annual Budget Policies

City/Town Biennial Budget Policies

County Biennial Budget Policies

Recommended Resources

The Government Finance Officers' Association (GFOA) has some useful resources that can help you draft a budget policy, including:


Last Modified: April 03, 2017