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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.

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

The commission 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.

2020 workshop schedule

Departmental operational plans workshop   Jan. 8   Jan. 8
Strategic planning workshop
  Feb. 6   Feb. 6
Rainbow Lakes Estates budget public hearing   June 18   June 18
Budget workshops
(a.m.) July 13   July 13
Budget workshops  (p.m.) July 13   July 13
Budget workshops (a.m.) July 14   July 14
Budget workshops (p.m.) July 14   July 14
Budget workshops
  July 15
  July 15
Budget workshops   July 16
  July 16
Budget workshop July 22  
First public hearing: fiscal year 20/21 budget   TBD
First public hearing: Rainbow Lakes Estates budget   TBD    
Final public hearing: fiscal year 20-2 budget   TBD
Final public hearing: Rainbow Lakes Estates budget   TBD

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.