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UPDATED: Public Invited to Share Input on Next City Budget

Jennifer Larson, Budget Director
563-589-4110, jlarson@cityofdubuque.org 

Oct. 29, 2019 -- For Immediate Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Dubuque residents and stakeholders are invited to share their input on the next City budget as City of Dubuque staff prepare the City’s budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021, which runs July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021. 

The public will have the opportunity to provide input at two meetings, one on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and the other on Wednesday, Nov. 13.  Both will begin at 6 p.m. on in the City Council Chambers at the Historic Federal Building, 350 W. Sixth Street. City staff will provide general information on the budget process at this meeting and then meeting attendees will be asked to share their thoughts on what they would like to see funded in their neighborhoods and the community at-large. 

Those unable to attend the meetings are invited to provide input on the budget by submitting comments in the “Balancing Act” simulation tool available at www.cityofdubuque.org/budget.  

Input will be reviewed by staff and will assist in the development of a recommended FY 2021 budget to be submitted to the City Council in February 2020. The City Council will then consider the recommended budget and the public will have additional opportunities to offer input during seven public meetings in February and March. A final budget must be adopted by March 31. The City’s operating budget (day-to-day costs of providing city services) is around $134 million and the capital budget, which includes major projects and improvements, is approximately $57 million. 

Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to explore two online tools, available at www.cityofdubuque.org/budget, that provide an opportunity to visually interact with the City’s budget: 
  • The “Open Budget” tool provides unprecedented access to City budget information and is designed to help make sense of the dollars and cents of city government budgeting.

  • The “Balancing Act” simulation tool allows users to learn how property tax is budgeted and tax revenues are spent and illustrates how the City’s FY2020 budget will be developed. The simulator challenges residents and stakeholders to actively balance their own version of the City’s budget, subject to the same constraints City Council members face annually when considering the City’s recommended operating and capital budgets. In addition, residents and stakeholders can provide comments in the simulator.
For additional information on the City’s budget process, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/budget or call 563-589-4110.

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Please do not reply to this message.  If you would like additional information on this issue, please contact the staff person identified at the top of the message or contact the City of Dubuque Public Information Office at rgehl@cityofdubuque.org or 563.589.4151.

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