Citizen Budget Engagement

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Timeline & News

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What is the Budget?

Concepts and facts useful in understanding the budget process.

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Current Budget

Expenditures by Department & Expenditures by Fund

Calendar
Timeline – Council Workshops

FY2020 Budget Workshop

Monday, November 19, 2018

  • Solid Waste and Sanitary Sewer Fund
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • City Hall, LL2
  • 400 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Council workshop to discuss budget items.

FY2020 Budget Workshop

Monday, December 3, 2018

  • Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • City Hall, LL2
  • 400 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Council workshop to discuss budget items.

FY2020 Budget Workshop

Monday, December 17, 2018

  • Parking Fund, Stormwater Fund and Self-Supported Municipal Districts (SSMID)
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • City Hall, Council Chambers
  • 400 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Council workshop to discuss budget items.

FY2020 Budget Workshop

Monday, January 14, 2019

  • Housing Services and General Operations
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • City Hall, Council Chambers
  • 400 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Council workshop to discuss budget items.

FY2020 Budget Workshop

Monday, January 28, 2019

  • Final Budget Overview
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • City Hall, Council Chambers
  • 400 Robert D. Ray Drive
  • Council workshop to discuss budget items.

Budget
The Budget Process

By law, the annual budget is required to be adopted on or before March 15 of each year. The adopted budget provides for program operations for the fiscal year that begins July 1 and ends on June 30 of the following year. In practice, the Des Moines City Council typically adopts the budget at the end of February or at their first meeting in March each year. Budget amendments must be prepared and adopted in the same manner as the original budget.

While the City is formulating the annual operating budget, a parallel process is taking place to develop a capital improvements program. Two separate, but interrelated documents are prepared during the budget process. Each communicates to stakeholders how the City intends to allocate resources to meet residents' needs. The first document, the Operating Budget, focuses on the annual departmental operations and includes summary information on the five-year capital improvement program. The document provides fiscal and program information for changes to the current fiscal year budget (amending) and projections for the following fiscal year budget (recommending). The second companion document, the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), focuses on projects that involve major one-time expenditures related to the city's infrastructure and economic development efforts. The local funding source is generally bonds. The CIP document provides project detail for changes to the current fiscal year, the proposed budget for the following year, and projections for the following five years.

Public input is provided at various Council meetings throughout the budget process and during the budget workshops from August through February. Additional efforts are underway to encourage public engagement with a series of town hall forums that will include topics on public safety, community enrichment, and infrastructure and development.

FY2019 Adopted City of Des Moines Budget - $738,333,464

Defined here, the budget is the expenditure authorization or appropriation authority, by City Council, of public funds for a specific purpose. The total $738 million budget can be better understood as a $584 million operating budget and a $154 million capital budget. The table below provides an operating budget breakdown by fund. The city uses six different fund types which allows for a segregation of resources to be used for specific actions.

City of Des Moines Budget
FY2017
Actual
FY2018
Adopted
FY2018
Amended
FY2019
Adopted
FY2019
% Total
General Fund $163,341,351 $168,866,090 $170,564,768 $172,883,319 23%
Enterprise Funds 118,469,980 128,050,693 147,869,232 136,233,830 18%
Special Revenue Funds 112,451,242 118,736,991 148,716,611 129,496,474 18%
Debt Service 106,506,762 106,391,155 168,211,650 95,326,775 13%
Internal Service Funds 39,803,412 47,459,841 48,818,541 49,955,420 7%
Reserved General Fund 1,237,334 223,700 352,485 227,594 <1%
Other Funds 0 27,400 27,400 27,400 <1%
Total Operating Budget $541,810,081 $569,755,870 $684,560,687 $584,150,812 79%
Capital Budget 71,045,007 117,168,700 123,986,543 154,182,652 21%
Total Budget $612,855,088 $686,924,750 $808,547,230 $738,333,464 100%

Operating Budget 

The $584 million operating budget includes funding for the day to day operations of enterprise operations (golf courses, housing services, parking system, sanitary sewers, solid waste collection, and storm sewer); the general fund (police and fire departments, parks and recreation, libraries, code inspections,general administration, and other activities); special revenue funds (such as Road Use Tax and various federal and state grant programs); debt service on general obligation debt; internal service operations that serve all the city departments; and expendable trust funds.

Capital Budget

The $154 million capital budget includes funding for major construction or acquisition projects financed in whole or part through the issuance of bonds, federal and state funds, contributions, and user fees. A separate Capital Improvement Program (CIP) document details all the projects and funding sources.

Current Budget
Current Adopted Budget

Fiscal Year 2018 Adopted Budgets

Budget in Brief

Budget Summary

Operating Budget Document