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City Budget

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.

FY 2016-17 Budget

FY 2017-18 Budget

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 schedule is:

  • Capital Improvement Program Workshop – May 9, 6 p.m. City Council Chamber

City staff present the proposed spending plan for major infrastructure projects like roads, water pipes, and sewer and drainage systems. Public comment is welcome.

  • Operating Budget Workshop – May 23, 6 p.m., City Council Chamber

City staff present the proposed spending plan for day to day city services like parks, libraries, planning and public safety. Public comment is welcome.

  • Public Budget Workshop – May 30, 5 p.m., City Council Chamber (NOTE NEW TIME/LOCATION)

Representatives from all city departments are on hand to discuss the proposed spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1 and answer questions from the public. Questions and feedback are provided to the City Council for its consideration prior to the final adoption of the budget. Can't make it? The meeting will be broadcast live on the city’s website and cable channel (Spectrum channel 24 and AT&T channel 99). 

  • Public Hearing and Adoption – June 13, 6 p.m., City Council Chamber

City staff present the final budget to the City Council for adoption. Public comment is welcome.

Other ways public input helps shape the budget include:

  • Each year the city conducts a resident satisfaction survey, which indicates potential areas of focus for future city spending.
  • 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.
  • Members of the public provide feedback to the City Council during the public comment section of each City Council meeting.