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2019-2020 Budget Process

As an exceptionally well-run City, we will:

  • Keep Wichita safe,
  • Grow our economy,
  • Build dependable, and
  • Provide conditions for living well.

Step 1: Collect and Review Data

The first step in budget development is to collect prior-year performance data. The database of over 400 measures is condensed to 36 Key Performance Measures.

Additionally, staff uses data from the prior year Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) to compare actuals to the budget.

Step 2: Budget Development

During this phase, staff from departments meet with the Budget Office staff to review assumptions, revise projections, and consider more efficient methods to provide services.

Citizen engagement during this process includes meeting with District Advisory Boards to inform the public about budget projections and to gather feedback about programmatic changes. There are several public budget hearings during City Council meetings. Additionally, a Social Media Town Hall Meeting will be held on June 21 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. See "Meetings" tab for more information and additional dates and times as they are scheduled.

Step 3: Budget Adoption

The City Manager presents the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget to the City Council in July.  The City Council approves funding levels and performance targets by adopting the annual budget. This provides direction to staff regarding what level of performance is expected, and what level of expenditures are approved.

Formal budget hearings will be held at the City Council Meetings August 7 and August 14. The 2019-2020 Budget is scheduled for adoption at the City Council Meeting on August 14. Budget hearings can be watched on City 7 on streaming video.

Step 4: Budget Implementation

After the budget and performance measures targets are adopted, staff begin implementing strategies to reach or exceed the targeted level of performance. The process will repeat itself at the end of the budget year.


June 21, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:30pm

The City's Social Media Town Hall was held online.

 Social Media Hub

June 26, 2018

City Council Workshop on the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget and the 2018-2027 Proposed Capital Improvement Program.

  Budget/CIP Presentation

June 11, June 20 and July 2, 2018

District Advisory Board Meetings

District I Advisory BoardDistrict II Advisory BoardDistrict III Advisory BoardDistrict IV Advisory BoardDistrict V Advisory BoardDistrict VI Advisory Board

July 17, 2018 | 9:00am

City Manager Robert Layton presented the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget and 2018-2027 Capital Improvement Program during a City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers on the first floor.

August 7, 2018 | 9:00am

Formal hearing on the 2019-2020 Proposed Budget and 2018-2027 Proposed Capital Improvement Program at the City Council Meeting in the City Council Chambers on first floor.

August 14, 2018 | 9:00am

The 2019-2020 Budget and 2018-2027 Proposed Capital Improvement Program were adopted at the City Council Meeting in the City Council Chambers on the first floor.

2019-2020 Adopted Budget 2018-2027 Adopted CIP