The Austin City Council has adopted a $5.5 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2023-2024 that significantly invests in essential City services and centers on Mayor and Council priorities. 

Council’s adopted budget incorporates the Interim City Manager’s proposed budget from last month while providing additional investments important to Austinites. These council investments include expanding the Safer Sixth Initiative, additional resources to assist people experiencing homelessness and funding for legal services for low-income immigrants.   

“The budget Council adopted today reinforces the City’s commitment to community by delivering high quality services and amenities with excellence and reliability,” said Interim City Manager Jesús Garza. “We look forward to implementing Council’s priorities by dedicating new funds and positions to secure the financial health of our City while continuing to move the needle, encouraging innovation and progress.” 

The General Fund budget is $1.4 billion, and the Capital Budget includes $1.6 billion in planned spending. 

Budget Highlights  

The FY 2023-24 budget includes many strategic investments to maintain high-quality essential services and address critical Council priorities. Council began working from the Interim City Manager’s proposed budget, which included the following investments, now part of the adopted budget:

  • $87.2 million in planned capital spending for the Housing Department’s housing development assistance programs, aimed at creating or preserving deeply affordable housing. 

  • $80.9 million in homelessness response efforts.  

  • $6.1 million in one-time funding to contribute to the cost of equipping City facilities with generators to ensure power in the event of a weather emergency.  

  • $4 million, including new positions, to improve internal processes related to permitting and plan reviews, as well as expedite proposed changes in the land development code.  

  • $2.7 million to enhance security and cleanliness at parks, library branches, public health clinics, and the animal shelter.  

  • $10.5 million in planned capital spending for aquatic infrastructure projects, including the new Colony Park pool and Givens Pool renovations. 

  • $1 million in Austin Energy’s budget to conduct a study regarding conversion of the overhead distribution system to underground.  

  • $2.6 million for police cadet recruitment incentives. 

  • $5.5 million in planned capital spending for Domestic Violence Shelter. 

  • $15.9 million in planned capital spending for renovations to the Faulk Library and branch library facilities. 

Council Amendments 

After the Interim City Manager presented his proposed budget in July, the Council made the following amendments and directives: 

  • $2 million in one-time funding for a mental health jail diversion pilot program.  

  • $1.8 million to purchase a new aerial fire truck for the Austin Fire Department.  

  • $1.35 million to increase availability of HIV/STI testing and treatment.   

  • $1.3 million for a family stabilization grant program for low-income families.  

  • An additional $2 million for shade structures throughout the city.  

  • $1.1 million to support digital delivery of services for persons experiencing homelessness.  

  • Nearly $400,00 to enhance programming at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.  

  • $770,000 to fund seven full-time positions to support services for victims and survivors of crime.  

  • Over $500,000 to improve maintenance and security at parks, pools, recreation and cultural centers.  

Impact on Taxpayers  

The overall tax rate would decrease by 1.69 cents, however, due to rising property values, the typical Austin homeowner will still see an overall 6.1 percent increase in their tax bill. For the typical homeowner - defined as the owner of a median valued ($499,524) non-senior home – their City of Austin tax bill will be $1,782 per year or $148 per month. This is an annual increase of $102 from last year. 

At the same time, some of the City’s rates and fees, including electricity, trash service, and transportation user fee, will increase for typical rate payers in response to escalating operational costs, as well as increasing service demands from a growing population. 
Altogether, the combined projected impact of tax, rate and fee changes represent an increase, for the typical ratepayer, of 3.6% - equivalent to an additional $172 per year or $14.31 per month. The full taxpayer impact statement can be found here.
Council’s approval today of City tax and spending plans for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2023, comes after several months of stakeholder engagement – including town halls, community budget input meetings, and a public survey.  
The full FY 2023-24 approved budget document can be found here. 

City Council Town Halls

Note: Budget town halls with virtual options will allow for attendance via WebEx. You can tune in using the links provided below, or by calling 1-408-418-9388 or 1-844-992-4726 (the U.S. toll-free number). You will be asked to provide the Webinar Number and/or Webinar Password, which can also be found below. 

District 1 Budget Town Hall

  • In-person only

  • Thursday, August 3rd | 6:00pm

  • Location: Carver Public Library – 1161 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702

District 2 + 3 Joint Budget Town Hall

  • Hybrid meeting – in-person and WebEx (Webinar link here)

  • Tuesday, July 25th | 6:00pm

  • Location: Central Health Southeast Health & Wellness Center – 2901 Montopolis Dr, Austin, TX 78741

    • ​Webinar Number: 2487 362 2490

    • Webinar Password: 3235

District 5 Budget Town Hall

  • Hybrid meeting – in-person and WebEx (Webinar link here)

  • Wednesday, August 9th | 6:00pm

  • Location: Menchaca Public Library – 5500 Menchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745

    • ​Webinar Number: 2482 107 0692

    • Webinar Password: 3528

District 6 Budget Town Hall

  • In-person only

  • Wednesday, August 2nd | 6:00pm

  • Location: D6 District Office – 10401 Anderson Mill Rd Suite 101, Austin, TX 78750

District 7 Budget Town Hall

  • Hybrid meeting – in-person and WebEx (Webinar link here)

  • Monday, August 7th | 6:00pm

  • Location: Northwest Recreation Center – 2913 Northland Dr, Austin, TX 78757

    • ​Webinar Number: 2486 372 4808

    • Webinar Password: 3784

District 8 Budget Town Hall

  • WebEx only (Webinar link here)

  • Monday, July 31st | 6:00pm

    • ​Webinar Number: 2490 054 2653

    • Webinar Password: 3884

District 9 Budget Town Hall

  • In-person only

  • Saturday, July 22nd | 2:00pm

  • Location: Rollins Theatre at The Long Center – 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

District 10 Budget Town Hall

  • Hybrid meeting – in-person and WebEx (Webinar link here)

  • Thursday, July 27th | 6:30pm

  • Location: St. Matthews Episcopal Church – 8134 Mesa Dr, Austin, TX 78759

    • ​Webinar Number: 2484 350 1009

    • Webinar Password: 3108


Provide your feedback or reach out with any questions by emailing BudgetQA@AustinTexas.gov

Special thanks to the City’s Art in Public Places Program for providing public art in our neighborhoods. It’s one of the many things made possible by Austin’s budget. Take a self-guided art tour and learn more about the City’s Art in Public Places Collection at publicartarchive.org/austinaipp.


The final 2024 Boards & Commissions report that compiles departmental responses to the various boards and commissions recommendations can be found in the Documents section on this page.  


The final results for the 2024 Balancing Act survey can be found here.

City of Austin's Joint Inclusion Commissions

The City of Austin's Joint Inclusion Commissions hosted a series of public town halls during the month of January to share your interests and concerns regarding the 2022-2023 funding year. Provide your feedback or reach out with any questions by emailing BudgetQA@AustinTexas.gov.

Have your voice heard!

The Austin Budget Simulator will be available through the month of May. Results from the survey will be compiled and presented to City leadership to inform budget decisions. The results will be made available to the public here in July 2023. 

City Manager's Proposed Budget

The City Manager's Proposed Budget will be released on Wednesday, July 19th. More details will be forthcoming.