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. Click the links below to view the agenda or video.

Strategic planning workshop: Jan. 24, 2017

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.

 >  Jan. 24, 2017 at 9 a.m.
agenda video

Budget workshops: July 11-14 and 18, 2016

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.

See workshop schedule here (subject to change).

 >  July 11 at 9 a.m.  agenda  video
 July 12 at 9 a.m.
 agenda  video
 >  July 13 at 9 a.m.  agenda  video
 >  July 14 at 1:30 p.m.  agenda  video
 >  July 18 at 9 a.m.  agenda   video
 >  July 27 at 2 p.m.
 agenda  video

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 or Reddick or McIntosh.