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.

Recommended Budget

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.

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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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 

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, Transportation Services, 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.

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.