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.

Submit Your Budget Ideas

Click here to submit your budget ideas for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget.

Click here to view “Dollars & Cents” information on current property taxes, City budget, utility rates and fees, and the City's debt reduction plan.

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.

Open Budget Tool

Public Meetings and Input Opportunities

The FY2019 Recommended Budget Budget will be presented to the City Council at the Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, regular City Council meeting.  The City Council will then hold a series of six public meetings to review City department/division budget details and receive public input as part of the FY2019 recommended budget review process. These meetings feature presentations by departments and are additional opportunities for residents and stakeholders to learn more about the recommended budget and share their input. All meetings begin at 6 p.m. and are held in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Historic Federal Building at 350 W. Sixth St. All meetings are broadcast on CityChannel Dubuque on the Mediacom cable system on channels 8 and 117.2 and video streamed live and archived at

Click here to submit your budget ideas for the FY2019 budget.

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018:  Recommended FY2019 Budget Document Presented to City Council (Recommended budget materials will be available on this webpage on Tuesday, Feb. 6)

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018:  Department Presentations: Information Services, City Attorney’s Office, City Manager’s Office, City Council, City Clerk’s Office, Cable TV

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018:  Department Presentations: Library, Planning Services, Finance, Human Rights, Airport, Health Services

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018:  Department Presentations: Housing & Community Development, The Jule Transit, Parking, Economic Development

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018:  Department Presentations: Purchase of Services, Five Flags Civic Center, Grand River Center, Parks, Recreation

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018:  Department Presentations: Emergency Management, Emergency Communications, Police, Fire, Building Services

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018:  Department Presentations: Water, Water & Resource Recovery Center, Public Works, Engineering 

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018:  Public Hearing to Adopt the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

You can explore the City's budget through the "Open Budget" transparency tool at  Watch the tutorial below.