The City of Carlsbad operates on a July to June fiscal year. The city budget has two main sections, the Operating Budget, which covers the day to day work of the city, like providing police and fire services, libraries, parks and recreation, and other core services, and the Capital Improvement Program which covers major construction projects.
The public is encouraged to learn about the city budget and provide input to the City Council. The budget review and approval process typically includes a series of meetings, all of which are open to the public. This year's tentative schedule is:
CIP Workshop – May 9
Operating Budget Workshop – May 23
Citizen’s Workshop (Faraday 6pm) – May 30
Public Hearing and Adoption – June 13
Other ways public input helps shape the budget include:
In 2010, the City Council adopted the Carlsbad Community Vision, which includes nine core values important to residents for the future of their city. The vision was developed through a two year public involvement process.
In early 2015, about 900 residents shared their input on the city budget through an online questionnaire. This feedback is considered during the creation of each year's budget.
Members of the public provide feedback to the City Council during the public comment section of each City Council meeting.