Approved Budgets

City Council adopted a triennial budget for the first time during the 2018 budget process. Copies of the current and historical adopted budgets are listed below.

2020-2022 FYE Triennial Budget
2019-2021 FYE Trennial Budget

2017-2018 FYE Biennial Budget

2016-2017 FYE Biennial Budget

2015-2016 FYE Biennial Budget
2014-2015 FYE Biennial Budget
2013-2014 FYE Biennial Budget
2012-2013 FYE Biennial Budget

City Fee Schedules:  


The fee schedule for fiscal year end (FYE) 2019 was adopted during the City Council meeting on July 8, 2018.  

Budget Process

Fiscal Year: July 1 to June 30  

Upon passage, departmental budgets are posted in the City’s accounting records and used as a basis for operations.  Expenditures are monitored by Department heads and the Accounting staff to ensure operations are within the allocated amounts and in compliance with budget priorities approved by Council.

Budget Calendar:

June 30 to November 

The Finance Department closes the books, the independent certified public accountants approved by City Council perform an annual audit, and the Finance staff prepares and issues completed Financial Statements.

Click here to review recent financial statements.

November- January

The City Manager's Office facilitates Council's annual goal setting sessions.  During these sessions, Council and lead staff work together to set priorities for the pending biennial budget period.  The final goals document approved by City Council helps to guide the shape of the operating budget and to provide benchmarks to help determine staff's success.

January - February

Each department prepares budget options and revenue estimates for review by the Finance Department and the City Manager's Office.


The Finance staff and City Manager's Office continue to review and revise Operation and Capital Budget requests by individual departments.  The 5 year Capital Improvement Plan is presented to the Planning Commission for approval.  Once approved, the CIP will be presented to City Council for their approval.

March - April

The Total Operations Budget Requests for the City are presented to Council by the City Manager in a series of public meetings.The budget is approved on two readings, and may be amended or substituted on a second reading. At this time, Agency budgets are also submitted to the City Council for review. 


The Council passes the budget ordinances and the Mayor signs the budget ordinances into law. If the Council fails to pass a balanced budget by June 30, the City operates on an interim budget until such time as the budget receives final approval by the Council. 

Budget summaries are printed and available at online, at City Hall or the Ferndale Public Library no later than two weeks after its submission to City Council.


The City Manager's Office prepares Performance Measurement standards to help measure staff's progress in achieving approved Council Goals.

Water Safety Information

The City of Ferndale performs regular water sampling and testing in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, and we continue to surpass water quality standards as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The City provides comprehensive information about lead, chemicals, and other contaminants. For more information, see below.

Lead and Your Public Drinking Water

Surpasses EPA water quality standards, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory annual testing of each of their community water suppliers. Most recent testing, courtesy of the 2018 Consumers Annual Water Quality Report, shows levels that once again exceed regulation requirements and standards. To learn more about lead testing and water safety, view Lead and Your Water Supply: An Informational Guide.

PFAS and Your Public Drinking Water

Not detected in any water supply, per GLWA testing

The Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) oversees mandatory testing of their water supply to ensure that PFAS, or chemical perfluoroalkyl substances, are not present in community drinking water supplies. Most recent testing of water in five sources (Detroit-based Water Works Park, Springwells, and Northeast water treatment plants, Allen Park-based Southwest Water Treatment Plant, and Lake Huron), performed 2222, confirmed that PFAS was not detected at any level/in any water source. You can view the report for more information.

PFAS Report: Southeast Ferndale

February 2019: The City of Ferndale learned from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (now EGLE) of the discovery of PFAS at the privately owned business property located at 1221 Farrow Street, Ferndale, identified as MacDermid, Inc.—a small chemical manufacturing and warehouse facility. Monitoring occurred at the bases of two former waste lagoons, and contamination appears limited to a small, perched zone of groundwater. The designation of this groundwater prevents it from being used as a drinking water source, and stormwater runoff from the contaminated area is captured and treated before discharge to the GLWA. Because this is a reportedly contained issue on private property, EGLE is working directly with the business/property owner(s) to excavate and re-sample. MDEQ recommended no community outreach at this time; the City has elected to publish this information in an effort to maintain transparency and information.

For more information, view the MDEQ report or contact the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy.


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