Mayor Suthers presents a balanced 2023 budget to City Council

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Mayor John Suthers presented a balanced 2023 City Budget to Colorado Springs City Council today. The 2023 General Fund budget is $420 million, which is $23.3 million or 5.9% more than the 2022 budget. The 2022 budget to 2023 budget increase is largely due to a projected increase in sales tax revenue of 13.0% over the 2022 budget and 2.9% increase over the 2022 end-of-year forecast, offset by a decrease of $11.9 million in re-budgeted dollars. There are projected increases in many other General Fund revenue categories.

Attached is Suthers’ letter to City Council outlining the allocation of funds in line with the City’s strategic plan goals: promoting job creation, investing in infrastructure, building community and collaborative relationships, and excelling in City services.

2023 General Fund Highlights

  • $926,000 of increased funding for 15 new sworn Police positions that will be added towards the end of 2023, as well as vehicles for positions added during 2022
  • $1.63 million of increased funding for 32 new sworn Fire positions for 2 new fire stations scheduled to become operational in early 2024 (Fire Station 24 in the Northeast part of the city and the inclusion of the existing fire station in Colorado Centre as Fire Station 25 in the Southeast part of the city) and related one-time and ongoing operating costs
  • Continued funding of $928,000 for the 11 new positions that were added as part of the Keep It Clean COS campaign that was initiated last spring.  In 2022, the City expended one-time funding of $2 million for new equipment to combat litter and clean up streets and medians and will continue funding the positions on an on-going basis to help keep our city beautiful
  • $3.1 million for increased staffing across several city departments to address expanding demand for services, including additional staff for Parks, Recreation and Cultural services to provide 2 positions for Garden of the Gods park and 4 Rangers for urban park and trail safety, and for Public Works to provide 12 positions to address State mandated utility locates and address increased service demands related to city growth
  • $1.57 million continued funding for the City’s Americans with Disabilities Act operating and capital programs, including a new Language Access Coordinator
  • $500,000 of continued funding to support shelter bed operations for the homeless population
  • $1.2 million additional funding to Mountain Metro Transit for increased contract and other operating costs to sustain transit services
  • $1.55 million increased funding to address Information Technology core infrastructure, applications, and cybersecurity
  • $11.3 million for market salary increases for all civilian and sworn (Police and Fire) employees, step increases for sworn, pay progression for civilian employees, and pay for performance for civilian employees
  • $3.6 million for full-year funding for the portion of compensation and added positions that were phased in during 2022, the conversion of certain hourly positions to regular positions, and for increased medical plan costs
  • $10.1 million to fund increased rates for insurance premiums, fuel, and utility services, as well as contractual increases, including animal law enforcement services and election costs

View the proposed budget

Upcoming Important Budget Dates



Oct. 17

City Council Budget Work Session

Oct. 24

Budget Public Hearing and Town Hall

Nov. 14

Budget Markup Session with City Council

Nov. 22

First reading of 2023 Budget Ordinance at City Council

Dec. 13

Second reading of 2023 Budget Ordinance at City Council

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