After over 80 hours of budget preparation, discussion, and debate and more than 20 public meetings spanning six months, Council adopted the city budget for the coming fiscal year on September 14, 2016.

City Council establishes a vision for the Austin community by setting policies and goals and by adopting a comprehensive plan.

Imagine Austin is the city's current comprehensive plan and it lays out a high-level vision for the city.

In addition to the high-level Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan, City Council helps establish a vision for the city by adopting other policies and plans.

Though Council lays out a vision for the city through policies and plans, it actually implements that vision through the city's budget.

The budget allows Council to dedicate resources toward these policies and plans, so that the city can put them into action.