Now is a great time to become familiar with Worthington's financial picture and planned expenditures as we're discussing the proposed 2020 operating budget and the proposed 2020-24 capital-improvements program.

The city's operating budget provides funding for the day-to-day provision of city services to the community. Examples of these services include police and fire protection, leaf collection, snow removal, operation of the Community Center and Griswold Center and refuse collection.

The CIP outlines planned expenditures on infrastructure projects, vehicles and equipment over the upcoming five years. The CIP includes such projects as the Kenyonbrook Trunk Sewer, the annual street-paving program and the replacement of the playground at Selby Park and equipment purchases such as new police vehicles, command vehicles for fire and computer systems to support city services.

These two documents together contain information about the city's planned expenditures in detail for 2020 and projected for the four subsequent years, 2021-24. The proposed budget and CIP are derived from many considerations including Worthington City Council's identified priorities, adopted plans, information from department directors regarding demands on services and infrastructure, and input from advisory boards, commissions and residents.

The proposed 2020 operating budget and proposed 2020-24 CIP can be found on the city's website, worthington.org/budget, on the finance department's page. The documents provide narrative background regarding the financial environment as well as detailed spreadsheets reflecting revenue sources and expenditures.

The proposed budget and CIP will be discussed during a series of presentations for City Council beginning Monday, Oct. 21, and continuing through November.

City Council is scheduled to adopt both documents, either as proposed or with amendments, in early December.

As we continue to shape these important financial plans to best meet the needs of the community, we encourage you to review them.

Check out the schedule of presentations and join us to hear one or more.

Watch live-streamed City Council meetings online or view archived video if you are not available to attend in person.

Call or email the city manager's office or finance department with questions or comments.

Matt Greeson is Worthington's city manager.