Citizen Budget Engagement

With the FY 2018 budget cycle underway, the City of Des Moines wants to hear your ideas on priorities, programs, improvements, and organizational processes. Your ideas can be submitted by clicking on the Give Us Your Ideas icon. We appreciate your input!

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What is the Budget?

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Current Budget

Expenditures by Department & Expenditures by Fund

Calendar
Timeline - Engagement Workshops

FY2019 Budget Engagement Workshop

Thursday, November 30, 2017

  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Pioneer Columbus Community Recreation Center
  • 2100 SE 5th Street

FY2019 Budget Engagement Workshop

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • On-line only
  • This will be a live on-line budget presentation.

FY2019 Budget Engagement Workshop

Monday, December 11, 2017

  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Forest Avenue Library
  • 1326 Forest Avenue

Calendar
Timeline – Council Workshops

FY2019 Budget Workshop

Monday, November 27, 2017

  • Solid Waste, Housing Services and SSMID
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Municipal Service Center, Council Chambers
  • 1551 E. M.L. King Jr. Pkwy
  • Council workshop to discuss budget items.

FY2019 Budget Workshop

Monday, December 18, 2017

  • Sewer Funds, Parking and Enterprise Funds Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Municipal Service Center, Council Chambers
  • 1551 E. M.L. King Jr. Pkwy
  • Council workshop to discuss budget items.

FY2019 Budget Workshop

Monday, January 22, 2018

  • General Operations and Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
  • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Municipal Service Center, Council Chambers
  • 1551 E. M.L. King Jr. Pkwy
  • 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.

FY2018 Adopted City of Des Moines Budget - $686,924,570

Defined here, the budget is the expenditure authorization or appropriation authority, by City Council, of public funds for a specific purpose. The total $687 million budget can be better understood as a $570 million operating budget and a $117 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
FY2016
Actual
FY2017
Adopted
FY2017
Amended
FY2018
Adopted
FY2018
% Total
General Fund $157,198,444 $161,058,035 $165,900,759 $168,866,090 25%
Enterprise Funds 102,126,853 111,758,583 126,205,301 128,050,693 19%
Special Revenue Funds 119,447,363 112,059,462 117,657,579 118,736,991 17%
Debt Service 108,801,997 90,053,941 108,407,658 106,391,155 15%
Internal Service Funds 44,405,119 44,118,079 45,627,662 47,459,841 7%
Reserved General Fund 563,404 725,992 821,700 223,700 <1%
Other Funds 0 27,400 27,400 27,400 <1%
Total Operating Budget $532,543,180 $519,801,492 $564,648,059 $569,755,870 83%
Capital Budget 61,732,448 92,619,673 106,832,788 117,168,700 17%
Total Budget $594,275,629 $612,421,165 $671,480,847 $686,924,570 100%

Operating Budget 

The $570 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.

In the chart below, some operating budgets represent more than what many understand as daily operations. Examples include City Manager, Finance and Human Resources budgets. The City Manager Special Revenue budget accounts for economic development loans and projects. The Internal Service fund budget fund is related to the Equipment Maintenance Center. The Finance budget includes debt service and TIF payments for capital projects, Road Use Tax transfers, employee payroll taxes, and payments to the Des Moines Convention and Visitor's Bureaus and Bravo Greater Des Moines shown in Special Revenue, General and Other funds. Human Resources Special Revenue and Internal Service budgets are for employee health insurance and other benefits and tax transfers.

Capital Budget

The $117 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. Below are the categories utilized in the 6-year Capital Improvement Program -- which the City updates and publishes annually and can also be found on the City website.

Current Budget
Current Adopted Budget

Fiscal Year 2018 Adopted Budgets

Budget in Brief

Budget Summary

Operating Budget Document