Fiscal Year 2020 Budget

Thank you for your interest in the City's budget for the 2020 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2019, and ends on June 30, 2020. For general background on the City budget process, please visit

Public Meetings & Input Opportunities

The Dubuque City Council will hold a series of six public meetings in February 2019 to review City department/division budget details and receive public input as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 recommended budget review process. The City Council will then hold a final public hearing at which the FY2020 recommended budget will be discussed and adopted. State of Iowa law requires municipalities adopt budgets by March 15, 2019.

All public hearings will be held at the City Council Chambers, located on the second floor of the Historic Federal Building at 350 W. 6th Street. Members of the public are welcome to attend and participate. All public hearings will also be broadcast live on CityChannel Dubuuqe, Dubuque's local government access channel (117.2 and 8 on Mediacom cable system) and available for live-stream on the City's website.

Public input budget meetings will be held on the following dates:

FY2020 Public Input Meeting Dates

Meeting Date/Time Presenting Departments/Divisions
Thursday, February 7, 2019
​6:00pm - 9:00pm
Information Services, Legal Services, City Clerk, Cable TV, City Manager's Office, and City Council
Monday, February 11, 2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Health Services, Human Rights, Library, Airport, and Finance
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
​6:00pm - 9:00pm
Housing & Community Development, Planning, Economic Development, and Transportation Services
Thursday, February 21, 2019
​6:00pm - 9:00pm
Purchase of Services, Five Flags Civic Center, Conference Center, and Parks & Recreation
Monday, February 25, 2019
​6:00pm - 9:00pm
Emergency Management, Emergency Communications, Police, Fire, and Building Services
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
​6:00pm - 9:00pm
Water, Water & Resource Recovery Center, Public Works, and Engineering
Thursday, March 7, 2019
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Final budget hearing & adoption of recommended budget

A New Way to Participate: Balancing Act Budget Simulation

The Balancing Act Budget Simulator is a new, interactive way to provide input on the City's FY2020 budget. Use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to use this online budget simulation tool. This tool allows users to learn how property tax is budgeted and tax revenues are spent and illustrates how the City of Dubuque's Fiscal Year 2020 budget will be developed. The budget simulator challenges residents and stakeholders to actively balance their own version of the City's budget, subject to the same constraints City Council members face when considering the City's recommended operating and capital budgets. Learn about these complex trade-offs necessary to balance the general fund budget, then try your hand at balancing increases in certain programs and services and cuts in others, adjusting the property tax rate, and submitting anonymous comments on the proposed FY2020 budget.

Taxpayer Receipt

Don't forget to also check out the new Taxpayer Receipt tool to view an estimate of how your tax dollars are spent in Fiscal Year 2019: 

Where do your property taxes go? Click here to watch the short video!

Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines for FY2020

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 2018. 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 FY2020 were presented and adopted by the City Council at their December 17, 2018 meeting. Click the links below for additional information: