Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Thank you for your interest in the City's budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2018, and ends on June 30, 2019. For general background on the City budget process, please visit www.cityofdubuque.org/budget.

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) 2019 recommended budget review process. The City Council then held a final public hearing on Wednesday, February 28, at which the amended FY2019 recommended budget was discussed and adopted by a unanimous vote.

VIDEO of the February 28, 2018, public hearing to adopt the FY2019 budget

The FY2019 Budget in Brief provides a nine-page summary of the adopted budget.

The Dollars & Cents document provides an overview of property taxes, budget, and debt reduction plan.

FY2019 Adopted Budget PowerPoint Summary provides a brief overview of the budget.

The public hearing followed a series of six public meetings in February at which City staff from each department and division presented FY2019 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 www.cityofdubuque.org/media.  

Fiscal Year 2019 Adopted 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 links below to view the Adopted Citizen's Guide for Fiscal Year 2019.
  
FY2019 Adopted Citizen's Guide Part 1- City Manager's Budget Transmittal and Budget Overviews (8.2 MB)

FY 2019 Adopted Citizen's Guide Part 2 - Financial Summaries, Debt Summary, CDBG, Capital Projects (27.6  MB)
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Recommended Budget Presentation

Dubuque City Manager Michael Van Milligen presented the FY2019 Recommended Budget to the City Council at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 5. Watch the video of that presentation

CLICK HERE to view the Feb. 5 Recommended Budget presentation slides.

An Amended FY 2019 Budget Recommendation was prepared for the February 28 public hearing. Read the amended budget recommendation. (Posted 3/1/18)

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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Fiscal Year 2019 Recommended Budget Documents 


City Manager's FY19 Recommended Budget Transmittal Message
 
(presented at the Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 City Council meeting)

FY2019-2023 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 2019 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 links below to view the Recommended Citizen's Guide for Fiscal Year 2019.
  
FY2019 Recommended Citizen's Guide Part 1- City Manager's Budget Transmittal and Budget Overviews (13.2 MB)

FY 2019 Recommended Citizen's Guide Part 2 - Financial Summaries, Debt Summary, CDBG, Capital Projects (27.6  MB)
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Fiscal Year 2019-2023 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 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). 
  
FY2019 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) - Recommended (13.12 MB)
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Fiscal Year 2019 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 2019 Policy Budget.

Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines for the FY2019

The budget guidelines are developed and adopted by City Council during the budgeting process in order to provide targets or parameters within which the budget recommendation will be formulated within the context of the City Council Goals and Priorities established in August 2017. The final budget recommendation may not meet all of these targets due to changing conditions and updated information during budget preparation. 

The budget and fiscal policy guidelines for FY2019 were presented to and adopted by the City Council at their Dec. 18, 2017, meeting. Click on the links below for additional information.