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.
The public is encouraged to share their priorities with the City Council throughout the year. This can be done in writing or by speaking during the public comment portion of the City Council agenda. The annual budget is reviewed and approved during a series of meetings each spring. You can sign up to be notified of City Council meetings and get agendas and staff reports via email.
Key dates for FY 2020-21 budget
Jan. 14Resident survey results presented to City Council
Jan. 21City Council workshop on budget priorities
Feb. 1-14Public input
April 14City Council workshop on budget
June 2 Preliminary budget presented to City Council
June 23Budget adoption
July 1First day of the new fiscal year
FY 2020-21 Preliminary Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program