Budget

About the City Budget
Each year, the City prepares a budget that accounts for the City's anticipated expenses and revenues for the upcoming fiscal year.  In conformance with the Code of Iowa, the City must produce a balanced budget for each fiscal year, which runs from July 1 through June 30.

See the Budget
View adopted budgets  |  View current fiscal year budget detail  |  View financial documents    

Budget Calendar
 Month  Budget Process
September / October Departments begin budget review
November / December Departments submit budget requests to the Director of Finance and City Administrator
Departmental budget review meetings to discuss budget requests
Projection of revenues for all funds for the fiscal year, based on taxable property valuation information from the county, as well as user fees generated in the Enterprise Funds. 
December-February City Council budget work sessions
February 10, 2015 Presentation of budget at City Council meeting
February 24, 2015 Public hearing of budget at City Council meeting
March 10, 2015 City Council votes on budget at City Council meeting
By March 15 Budget filed with County Auditor, and subsequently placed on file with the State of Iowa
July 1 Budget goes into effect (July 1 – June 30)

Public Input
The City welcomes citizen input about the City budget.  To share your ideas and feedback about the budget or learn more:
  • Attend City Council meetings (second and fourth Tuesdays of the month) and speak during the citizen comment period (this is a time for public comment, but not discussion; it is a violation of open meeting laws for the Council to discuss items not on the agenda).
  • Attend City Council work sessions, held immediately following most council meetings.
  • Attend and comment at the public budget hearing.
  • Contact your City Council, Mayor, and City Administration.  View directory
  • Comment online at any time.
  • View City Council agendas, minutes, and work session notes.
  • View live and rebroadcast City Council meetings on CoralVision Cable Television Channel 5 or online.