City budget season in full swing

Budget season for the next fiscal year has already begun in Bristol, with the Board of Finance hearing from city departments on financial requests for the coming year. Last week, the finance board began its hearings with the city’s tax office, Building Department, Code Enforcement, Probate Court, School Readiness, Information Systems
Bristol Development Authority, City Council, Mayor’s Office, Community Promotions
Emergency Management, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Aids. The finance board continued its hearings this week with several other departments.
The next hearing will be held on March 19 with the Bristol Fire Department and library. The police department’s hearing will be held on March 21, along with the parks and recreation department.
The Board of Education is scheduled to have its budget hearing with the finance board on Thursday, April 4, at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. Budget workshops are scheduled for April 25 and May 2, and the finance board is expected to adopt the next fiscal year’s budget on May 20. The Joint Board, which is the finance board and City Council combined, are scheduled to adopt the budget on June 6.
The entire schedule for the budget season is posted online on the Comptroller’s page on the city’s website at