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 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) 2020 recommended budget review process. The City Council then held a final public hearing on Thursday, March 7th at which the amended FY2020 recommended budget was discussed and adopted by a 6-1 vote.
The FY2020 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.
FY2020 Adopted Budget PowerPoint Summary provides a brief overview of the budget.
The public hearing to adopt the budget followed a series of six public meetings in February at which City staff from each department and division presented FY2020 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 2020 Adopted Resident'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 adopted budget, revenue and expenditure summaries, debt summaries, and a summary of the capital budget. Click on the links below to view the Adopted Resident's Guide for Fiscal Year 2020.
FY2020 Adopted Resident's Guide - Entire Document
FY2020 Adopted Resident's Guide Part 1 - City Manager's Budget Transmittal, Process Overview, Budget Overviews, Financial Summaries, Debt Summary, CDBG, Capital Projects
FY2020 Adopted Resident's Guide Part 2 - Department Summaries
FY2020 Adopted Resident's Guide Part 3 - Budget Policy Guidelines and Glossary
A New Way to Participate: Balancing Act Budget Simulation
The Balancing Act Budget Simulator is a new, interactive way use to provide input on the City's FY2020 budget. Using a smartphone, tablet, or computer to use this online budget simulation tool, it allowed 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 was developed. The budget simulator challenged 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.
- Click here to balance your own version of the City of Dubuque's budget for Fiscal Year 2020
- Click here for instructions and help on using the budget simulation tool: PDF Instructions | Video Tutorial
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:
- Click here to view your Taxpayer Receipt
- Click here for instructions and help on using the budget simulation tool
Where do your property taxes go? Click here to watch the short video!
Recommended Budget Presentation
Dubuque City Manager Michael Van Milligen presented the FY2020 Recommended Budget to the City Council at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 4.
An Amended FY 2020 Budget Recommendation was prepared for the March 7 public hearing. Read the amended budget recommendation.
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 2020 Recommended Budget Documents
City Manager's FY20 Recommended Budget Transmittal Message (Presented at the Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 City Council Meeting)
Fiscal Year 2020 Recommended Resident's Guide
This document provides 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 Resident's Guide for Fiscal Year 2020.
FY2020 Recommended Resident's Guide Part 1 - City Manager's Budget Transmittal Message and Budget Overviews (39.2 MB)
FY2020 Recommended Resident's Guide Part 2 - Financial Summaries, Debt Summary, CDBG, Capital Projects (22.4 MB)
Fiscal Year 2020-2024 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 2020 - FY 2024 Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Fiscal year 2020 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 FY2020 Policy Budget.
City Manager's Office
Public Information Office
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:
- Adopted FY2020 Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines
- City Manager's Presentation to City Council on FY2020 Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines (Powerpoint Slides)
- City Manager's Presentation to City Council on FY2020 Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines (Video Excerpt)
- City Manager's Memo to City Council on FY2020 Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines
- Budget Director's Memo on FY2020 Budget and Fiscal Policy Guidelines