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
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
  • Presentation of budget at City Council meeting
  • Public hearing of budget at City Council meeting
February / March 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.