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City Budget

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.

Public input 

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. 14 Resident survey results presented to City Council
Jan. 21 City Council workshop on budget priorities 
Feb. 1-14 Public input 
April 14 City Council workshop on budget 
June 2 Preliminary budget presented to City Council 
June 23 Budget adoption
July 1 First day of the new fiscal year

FY 2020-21 Preliminary Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program

FY 20-21 Preliminary Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program (Flipbook)

FY 20-21 Preliminary Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program (PDF)

Capital Improvement Program Project Details and Map (best viewed on a computer display, not a mobile device)

FY 2019-20 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program

FY 19-20 Operating Budget & Capital Improvement Program (Flipbook)

FY 19-20 Operating Budget & Capital Improvement Program (PDF)

FY 19-20 Budget at a Glance

FY 19-20 Budget Presentation

FY 19-20 Budget public input summary