Fiscal Year 2021 Budget

Thank you for your interest in the City's budget for the 2021 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2020, and ends on June 30, 2021. For general background on the City budget process, please visit

Public Meetings & Input Opportunities

The City Manager will host a public input session on the Fiscal Year 2021 budget (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021) on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on second floor of the Historic Federal Building, 350 W 6th Street. Residents are welcome to attend and have an informal conversation with the City Manager about the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

The Dubuque City Council will hold a series of six public meetings to review City department/division budget details and receive public input as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 recommended budget review process. The City Council then held a final public hearing in March at which the FY2021 recommended budget will be discussed and adopted.

The Dollars & Cents document provides an overview of property taxes, budget, and debt reduction plan.

The public hearing to adopt the budget will follow a series of six public meetings in March at which City staff from each department and division will present FY2021 budget information to the City Council. These meetings are also aired live on Dubuque's CityChannel (Mediacom cable channels 8 and 117.2) and streamed live and archived at

Open Budget Tool
Online Input Opportunities

Click on the image below to use our online budget simulation tool:
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Click on the image below to submit your budget ideas using the online submittal form:
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Budget Simulation

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 your preferred language to balance your own version of the City of Dubuque's budget for Fiscal Year 2020: English | Español
  • Click here for instructions and help on using the budget simulation tool: PDF Instructions | Video Tutorial

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!