Fiscal Year 2017 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) 2017 recommended budget review process. The 2017 fiscal year begins July 1, 2016.

Following public input meetings 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 on February 1, 2016. 
A series of six public meetings were held in February and March 2016 before the City Council adopted the budget on March 14th. 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.

All meetings are aired live on CityChannel Dubuque (channels 85.2 and 8 on Mediacom) and streamed live and archived at   All FY2017 budget public meetings can be accessed at:

Adopted Budget Documents

 If you would like to view an interactive version of the Fiscal Year 2017 Adopted Citizen's Guide, please click on the following link.

Fiscal Year 2017 Adopted Citizen's Guide  

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Community Engagement Results

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Open Budget Tool

Recommended Budget Documents

(Please note, some of the documents are large. Download times may vary.)

Fiscal Year 2017 Recommended Budget

City Manager's Budget Transmittal Message (presented at the Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 City Council Meeting)

CLICK HERE to watch the video of the presentation and City Council discussion.

March 14, 2016 Public Hearing to Adopt the Fy2017 Budget

Agenda and related documents for this public hearing to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2016

FY2017 Citizens Guide
Fiscal Year 2017 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 link below to view the Recommended Citizen's Guide for Fiscal Year 2017.
FY2017 Citizen's Guide - Recommended (29 MB)
Fiscal Year 2017-2021 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 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). 
FY2017 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) - Recommended (3.5 MB)
FY2017 CIP Book
FY2017 Policy Book
Fiscal Year 2017 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 2017 Policy Budget.
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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Budget Community Engagement
During the months of October and November 2015, City staff held three community input meetings in order to hear how the City could get more residents involved in the budget setting process. The public was invited to attend and provide input on City programs and services for the recommended budget the City Council adopted for the 2017 fiscal year. 

We are excited to share with you the input we received from 115 community members regarding Fiscal Year 2017 budget. We hope the reports below find you well.

 Summary Document

This two page document will highlight background information, who was engaged, how and what categories were created because of the public input.
CE plan
Community Engagement Plan

This document provides you with information on staff goals, limitations, demographics, kiosk locations, and more. 

staff response
Findings with Staff Responses

This document outlines what staff learned from the public input as well as staff responses for each public comment.
Raw input
FY2017 Original Input

This document provides you access to all input staff received from the public as was written by community members.