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Budget timeline

Preparing the annual budget is nearly a year-round process with budget development beginning in January for county departments. Smaller departmental budget changes or transfers can take place throughout the year, but major appropriations and spending priority changes can only take place when planning for the new budget each fiscal year. All meetings are open to the public. The links below open agendas and videos.

Strategic planning workshops for the coming fiscal year typically occur in January, before the end of the current fiscal year.        

The BCC sets its priorities for the upcoming budget year. Based on this direction, staff begins to work on their department budget, evaluating programs and planning for potential cuts or increases.

The 2019 workshop can be viewed below.

      Jan. 31, 2019 at 9 a.m.   agenda   video   

Budget workshops for the coming fiscal year typically occur in July, before the end of the current fiscal year.     

The BCC reviews the departments' proposed budgets and gives additional direction. Watch live at the links below as the workshops are ongoing, or watch recorded video after the workshop is completed. Video links will be added as they become available.

2019 workshop schedule

Strategic planning workshop
Jan. 22, 2019
Department strategic plan presentations workshop Jan. 31, 2019
Rainbow Lakes Estates budget public hearing   June 20, 2019
Budget workshops
July 8, 2019
Budget workshops
July 9, 2019
Budget workshops
July 10, 2019
Budget workshops July 18, 2019
First public hearing for FY19/20 budget Sept. 12, 2019
Rainbow Lakes Estates first public hearing   Sept. 12, 2019
Final public hearing for FY19/20 budget Sept. 26, 2019
Rainbow Lakes Estates final public hearing   Sept. 26, 2019

Board of County Commissioners responsibility 

The BCC is responsible for establishing the budget for the 23 departments and offices that make up county government (e.g., the Public Library System, Animal Services and Marion County Fire Rescue).

The BCC approves the budget for the five, independent constitutional offices (Marion County Clerk of the Circuit Court, Marion County Property Appraiser, Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Supervisor of Elections and Marion County Tax Collector), but each officer makes its own funding priorities, staff salaries and purchasing decisions.

The BCC is not involved in the budgets or operation of Marion County Public Schools; the cities of Ocala, Dunnellon or Belleview; or the towns of Reddick or McIntosh.