WHAT IS HAPPENING? The City Council is scheduled to adjust the current budgets of numerous bureaus Wednesday, Oct. 16. The annual process is officially called the fall Budget Monitoring Process, or BuMP for short. A similar process happens every spring.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT THAN THE ANNUAL BUDGET PROCESS? Under the law, the council must adopt a balanced budget before the start of every fiscal year, which always begins on July 1. That's typically a very public process, with multiple community forums and hearings. That's when the mayor and council usually propose creating new programs or, very rarely, end existing ones.