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2018-2019 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 two Social Media Town Hall Meetings will be held on June 15 and June 20 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 2018-2019 Proposed Budget to the City Council at a special evening meeting on July 20. 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 1 and August 8. There will be a special budget hearing held during a 6 p.m. evening meeting of the City Council on July 20, at which the City Manager will formally present that Proposed Budget.  The 2018-2019 Budget is scheduled for adoption at the City Council Meeting on August 8. 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 15, 2017 | 2:00 - 3:00pm

June 20, 2017 | 2:00 - 3:00pm

The City's Social Media Town Hall will again be held online.

2017 Press ReleaseSocial Media Hub

June 27, 2017

City Council Workshop on the 2018-2019 Proposed Budget and the 2017-2026 Proposed Capital Improvement Program.

City Council Workshop Video

July 5 and July 10, 2017

District Advisory Board Meetings

July 20, 2017 | 6:00pm


City Manager Robert Layton presented the 2017-2018 Proposed Budget at a special 6 p.m. evening meeting of the City Council in the City Council Chambers on the first floor.

August 1, 2017 | 9:00am

Formal hearing on the 2017-2018 Proposed Budget at the City Council Meeting in the City Council Chambers on first floor.

August 8, 2017 | 9:00am

Adoption of 2018-2019 Budget at the City Council Meeting in the City Council Chambers on the first floor.