Fiscal Year 2016 Budget

The Dubuque City Council held a series of public meetings to review City department/division budget details as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 recommended budget review process.

On Monday, Nov. 24, Dubuque City Manager Michael Van Milligen held a city budget public input meeting beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth St. The public was invited to attend and provide input on City programs and services for the recommended budget the City Council will consider for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2015.

Following this public input meeting and months of preparation by City departments and divisions, the city manager and budget director analyzed, reviewed, and balanced the capital improvement program (CIP) and operating budget requests and prepared the final budget recommendation in January, which was presented to the City Council in early February. 
A series of six public meetings were held in February and March before the City Council adopted the budget on March 12th. Throughout the entire budget cycle, public input is encouraged to ensure the adopted budget is citizen-based. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the second floor of the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth St.  

CLICK HERE to watch the video of these presentations.

Budget Community Engagement
During the months of June and August 2015, City staff held six community input meetings in order to hear how the City could get more residents involved in the budget setting process. Click on the link below to view the Budget Community Engagement Staff Report and Recommendations.

Budget Community Engagement Staff Report and Recommendations

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget and Policy Guidelines
The Policy 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. The final budget presented by the City Manager may not meet all of these targets due to changing conditions and updated information during budget preparation. To the extent the recommended budget varies from the guidelines, an explanation will be provided in the printed budget document. Click on the link below to view the FY 2016 Budget and Policy Guidelines.
FY2016 Budget and Policy Guidelines (1 MB) 

Fiscal Year 2016 Adopted Budget
FY2016 Adopted Budget Handout
FY2016 Adopted Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
FY2016 Adopted Citizen's Guide
FY2016 Utility User Fees and Rates

Fiscal Year 2016 Recommended Budget

City Manager's Budget Transmittal Message (presented at the Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 City Council Meeting  
(posted Jan. 30, 2015)

CLICK HERE to watch the video of the presentation and City Council discussion.
FY2016 Recommended Budget Handout

FY2016 Revised Budget Recommendation (from March 12, 2015 public hearing)

Fiscal Year 2016 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 2016.
FY2016 Citizen's Guide - Recommended (10.5 MB)

The "Budget in Brief" is an 8-page summary designed to provide an overview of the operating and capital budgets. It is included in the Citizen's Guide.

FY2016 Recommended Budget in Brief 
Fiscal Year 2016-2020 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 2016-2020 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). 
FY2016 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) - Recommended (6 MB)

Fiscal Year 2016 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 2016 Policy Budget. (Please note, some of the documents are very large. Download times may vary.)

Volume I
Information Services
Legal Services
City Manager's Office
Personnel Office
Budget Office
Public Information Office
City Council
City Clerk
Cable TV
Volume II
Planning Services
Human Rights
Building Services

Volume III
Housing and Community Development
Transit (The Jule)
Economic Development

Volume IV
Purchase of Services
Five Flags Civic Center
Conference Center (Grand River Center)

Volume V
Health Services
Emergency Management
Emergency Communications

Volume VI
Water & Resource Recovery Center
Public Works
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. For more information, contact Budget Director Jennifer Larson at 589-4110 or        

For more information, call 563-589-4110 or visit for more background.

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