Budgetary Fund Balance
Budgetary Fund Balance can be appropriated for use during the fiscal year after certification by the DOR. Budgetary Fund Balance is more commonly referred to as “Free Cash” when used this way. This item is most simply described as the portion of available reserves, generated to a considerable degree by annual operating surpluses, which the City can responsibly appropriate for spending.
Using recurring revenue
The FY16 and FY17 budget did not use any fund balance, instead using recurring revenue to support the appropriation for Other Post-employment Benefits (OPEB), the liability associated with retiree health insurance costs. The FY18 and FY19 budget assumes the use of $40.0 million to support OPEB.