Lebanon Budget Information

2024 Budget

The City Council began the 2024 Budget review process on April 25, 2023, and April 27, 2023, with a staff presentation of the Draft Strategic Plan Objectives. At these two work sessions, City Administration presented the Council with strategic plan objectives for ten focus areas. The Strategic Plan Objectives were approved by the City Council at the May 10, 2023 meeting. The City Manager gave a presentation regarding the City’s Financial Outlook and Long Term Financial Plan for managing current and future operational and capital needs and debt service obligations.

Lebanon City Council began its review of the proposed 2024 City Budget on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 and completed all work sessions during November.  The 2024 Proposed Budget was available online for public review. 

All budget work sessions were open to the public to attend only; no public comment was taken during the work sessions. Public comment was open at the December 6, 2023 City Council meeting, and the public hearing was held on December 13, 2023. The budget was approved with amendments by City Council including authorizations for the City Manager to:  

  • Expend $40,989,250 for General Fund, an increase of $286,790 from the proposed budget
  • Expend $5,380,950 for Solid Waste Disposal, an increase of $541,100 from the proposed budget
  • Expend $4,689,410 for Water Treatment and Distribution
  • Expend $8,483,400 for Sewage Collection and Disposal
  • Expend $1,883,710 for Municipal Airport Operations
  • Expend $25,000 for Emergency Management
  • Expend $400 for the Heritage Fund
  • Expend $118,020 for the Enterprise Properties Revolving Fund
  • Expend $700,000 for the Downtown Lebanon Tax Increment Finance District
  • Expend $10 for the Lebanon Airport-Tech Park Tax Increment Finance District
  • Expend $53,502,810 for 2024 Capital Improvements Projects
  • Issue Bonds or Notes in the amount not to exceed $25,435,140 to finance 2024 Capital Improvements
  • Disburse Water Investment Fee Funds not to exceed $100,000
  • Establish an Urban Forestry Trust Fund
  • Establish a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Reimbursement Revolving Fund
  • Rescind and/or Transfer prior appropriations and authorization for the Issuance of Bonds or Notes for $292,064.19 to seven projects
  • Disburse Recreation Public Facilities Impact Fees not to exceed $30,000

Total Expenditures: $115,772,960

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the City Manager’s Office by calling 603-448-4220 or by email at manager@lebanonnh.gov.

Annual Budget Review and Adoption Process

Each year, the City of Lebanon engages in a formal budget review and adoption process. The annual calendar of events typically unfolds as follows:

  • February – Six-year Capital Improvements Program reviewed by the Planning Board
  • March/April – Instructions to Department Heads on Preparation of Funding Requests for Future Capital Projects
  • April – Presentation of Draft Strategic Plan Objectives to City Council
  • May – Presentation of Financial Outlook and Adoption of Strategic Plan Objectives
  • May – Submission of Proposed Capital Improvements Projects by Department Heads
  • May/June – Instructions to Department Heads on the Preparation of Budget Materials
  • May/June – Instructions to Outside Agencies Requesting Funding
  • July – Development and submission of proposed budgets and Strategic Plan Actions by department heads
  • July/August – Review of Proposed Capital Improvements Program by Planning Board and CIP Committee (comprised of Planning Board members and City staff)
  • August/September – Review of Budget and Strategic Plan Action Submissions by City Manager (Departments and Outside Agencies)
  • October – Administration and Finance Finalization of Budget for Presentation to City Council (Due no later than October 31st)
  • November – Council Review of City Manager’s Proposed Budget
  • December – Public Hearing and Action to Adopt Budget