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City Budget

Per City Charter, the City Manager must submit a proposed budget by May 1 to City Council. Every year the budget must be balanced and approved by Council by June 30. All budget hearings are open to the public and take place at New City Hall, 915 I Street, Council Chambers.  

City Council approves a Fiscal Year 2013/14 Budget that addresses $8.9 million shortfall without layoffs. The budget includes $376 million for General Fund operations, $443 million for operations and capital projects from the City’s Enterprise Funds and other funds, and an additional $27 million per year expected to be generated from Measure U. Read more about the City budget.

City Capital Improvement Program

City Council approves a 2013-2018 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) document, which serves as the City’s five-year financial plan for the funding of infrastructure and facility projects. Read more about the City's Capital Improvement Program.

City Government Structure

In 1920, Sacramento city voters adopted a City Charter (municipal constitution) and a City Council Manager form of government, which is still being used today.

As provided for by the City Charter and in accordance with policies and procedures and direction of the City Council, the City Manager is the chief executive officer of the City and provides the leadership and direction for the operation and management of all City Departments. The City Manager is responsible for the enforcement of all laws and ordinances; coordination of all municipal programs and services; makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council as appropriate concerning the operation, annual budget and future needs of the City.

The City Manager participates in City Council meetings without the right to vote. The City Manager is appointed by the Mayor and City Council and serves at the pleasure of the City Council.

The City Council consists of a Mayor, elected by all City voters, and eight Council members, elected to represent separate districts in the City. Each Council member is required to live in the district they represent. The Mayor and Council members serve four-year terms. Elections are staggered.

The Council establishes city policies, ordinances and land uses; approves the City’s annual budget, contracts, and agreements; hears appeals of decisions made by city staff or citizen advisory groups, and appoints four Council Officers: a City Manager, City Attorney, City Treasurer, and City Clerk. Council members serve on several working committees, which include Transportation and Community Development, Law and Legislation, and Personnel and Public Employees. The Mayor and Council members receive an annual salary and benefits.

View the Citywide Organization Chart


Sacramento is creating a foundation for creative, nimble partnerships that can improve City services, meet adopted City goals, and provide public benefit. On April 25, 2017, the City Council adopted a Demonstration Partnerships Policy. This policy provides a framework for innovative demonstration partnerships, allowing the City to test, evaluate, and demonstrate innovative solutions.

The policy framework establishes guiding principles and partnership criteria. Partnerships must provide public benefits, but can address a diverse array of issues. The policy allows the City to consider partnership with any non-City entity, such as non-profits, businesses, and governmental agencies. The City may consider partnerships that use City assets for a limited duration, such as City facilities, the right-of-way, or City equipment.

Express your interest in partnership with the City!

  • Learn more about the City's efforts to foster regional innovation and catalyze the creative economy through the Mayor's Office for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

State Government Resources

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The Governor's Office

California State Assembly

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Local Government Resources

County of Sacramento

Sacramento Area Council of Governments

Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency

Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency

Sacramento Regional Transit

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