Proposed Boise Budget for FY 2020 Tops Nearly $1 Billion

Boise (670 KBOI News) – The City of Boise is busy putting together its budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2020, and the number may come as a surprise to many…over 3/4 of a billion dollars.

The Idaho Statesman is reporting the $765,000,000 proposal is a 1.58% increase over this year.

The biggest single section of the budget is for public safety — police and fire — at 56.4% of the proposed budget. The city wants to hire six new officers, a new prosecutor, an emergency preparedness coordinator and some IT personnel.

It also includes a raise for City employees, totaling 5%.

Here’s how the $765 million proposal compares to similarly sized cities across the nation (Boise population, appx 229K):

  • Spokane, Washington (pop. 219K) – FY 2020, $974 million
  • Fremont, California (pop. 237K) – FY 2020, $545 million
  • Hialeah, Florida – (pop. 239K) FY 2019, $321 million
  • Irving Texas – (opo. 242K) FY 2019, $234 million
  • Garland, Texas – (opo. 242K) FY 2019, $178 million

670 KBOI News has reached out to the City for comment, but have not yet heard back.

— Jay Howell, 670 KBOI News