The “preliminary operating budget” will be presented to the City Council Tuesday, May 23, during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting, starting at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The operating budget covers day to day city spending on things like parks, libraries, police and fire. The Capital Improvements Program budget, which covers major projects and infrastructure, was presented May 9. The final budget, which includes both, is scheduled for adoption at the June 13 City Council meeting.
At a Glance
The city’s budget planning process follows a fiscal year that runs July 1 through June 30.
The preliminary budget is presented in two parts: the “Capital Improvement Program” budget, covering major projects, and the operating budget, which covers day to day city services.
Each year city staff recommend spending plans based on available funding and city priorities; following City Council feedback and public input, the final budget is adopted by the City Council.
Public Budget Workshop
The city will also hold a workshop to present the budget to the public and answer questions. Representatives from all city departments are on hand to discuss the proposed spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. Questions and feedback are provided to the City Council for its consideration prior to the final adoption of the budget. Public comment is also welcome at the May 23 meeting and the June 13 final adoption meeting.
(NOTE NEW TIME AND LOCATION) May 30, 5 p.m. City Council Chamber 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
The budget planning process typically begins with an annual City Council goal setting workshop at the beginning of the calendar year. In setting goals, the City Council focuses on achieving the Carlsbad Community Vision, a set of nine core values developed through a two year public involvement process. Input from the city’s annual resident satisfaction survey and the city’s financial forecast also plays a role in setting budget priorities.