Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

Thank you for your interest in the City's budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.  For general background on the City budget process, please visit

Public Meetings & Input Opportunities

The Dubuque City Council held a series of six public meetings to review City department/division budget details and receive public input as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 recommended budget review process. The City Council then held a final public hearing on Tuesday, March 7, at which the amended FY2018 recommended budget was discussed and adopted by a unanimous vote. 

VIDEO of the March 7, 2017, public hearing to adopt the FY2018 budget

The FY2018 Adopted Budget Fact Sheet provides a eight-page summary of the adopted budget.

The public hearing followed a series of six public meetings in February at which City staff from each department and division presented FY2018 budget information to the City Council. These meetings were also aired live on Dubuque’s CityChannel (Mediacom cable channels 8 and 117.2) and streamed live and archived at  

Recommended Budget

Dubuque City Manager Michael Van Milligen presented the FY2018 Recommended Budget to the City Council at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 6. Watch the video of that presentation

An Amended FY 2018 Budget Recommendation was prepared for the March 7 public hearing. Read the amended budget recommendation. (Posted 3/3/17)

The detailed recommended budget materials are available for download/viewing below and printed copies are available for viewing at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, and available for checkout from the Carnegie-Stout Public Library Reference Desk.  

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Recommended Budget Documents

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines
Staff Memo on FY18 Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines
City Manager Memo on FY18 Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines
Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines  (adopted at Jan. 3, 2017 City Council Meeting)

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Fiscal Year 2018 Recommended Budget Documents

Amended Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Recommendation
(Part of the agenda for the March 7, 2017, public hearing to adopt the FY2018 budget. FULL AGENDA)

City Manager's FY18 Recommended Budget Transmittal Message
(presented at the Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 City Council meeting; updated on Feb. 7, 2017)

FY2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Transmittal Message

CLICK HERE to watch the video of the presentation and City Council discussion.

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Fiscal Year 2018 Recommended Citizen's Guide

This document gives a synopsis of the City's recommended budget and guidelines. It includes a budget message from the City Manager, overview of the recommended budget, revenue and expenditure summaries, debt summaries, and a summary of the capital budget. Click on the link below to view the Recommended Citizen's Guide for Fiscal Year 2018.
FY2018 Citizen's Guide - Recommended (14.6 MB)

Fiscal Year 2018-2022 Recommended Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

The CIP, as the plan for the City's physical development effort, attempts to address a variety of needs which the City must meet if it is to maintain its physical facilities, meet its service commitments and provide for its future development. The CIP recommendation reflects the City's comprehensive plan and the goals and priorities established by the City Council. The document lists projects by department followed by a CIP message from the City Manager. This document is fully searchable. To perform a search type Ctrl+F and type a word in the search box. Click on the link below to view the Recommended FY 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). 
FY2018 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) - Recommended (3.6 MB)
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Fiscal Year 2018 Recommended Policy Budget

The Policy Budget defines goals and objectives for all City departments and activities, relates them to cost and resource requirements and attempts to establish measures for evaluating accomplishment. Specific improvement packages are developed and included in the Policy Budget for alternative funding and service levels. The Policy Budget document shows the budget by line item for each Department and provides a basis for fiscal control once the budget is adopted. 

The Policy Budget emphasizes objectives, accomplishments, and alternative funding and service levels and is intended to keep the attention of the City Council and public on the major policy decisions involving what services the City government will provide, who will pay for them, and the implications of such decisions. Click on the links below to view the Recommended FY 2018 Policy Budget.
Come to the Table

Come to the Table

Share Your Ideas for the Next City Budget!

Dubuque residents and stakeholders are invited to "come to the table" as City of Dubuque staff prepare the City's budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins on July 1, 2017.

Click on the link below to submit your ideas for the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Ideas