2015-2016 Budget Process
The City of Wichita uses a Strategic Management Model to create the budget. The Strategic Priorities are:
· Ensure Physical Safety
· Protect Property
· Protect Public Infrastructure Assets
· Create a Growing Community
Step 1: Collect and Review Data
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, Social Meda Town Hall Meetings are to be held (on May 21 and June 18 this year). See "Meetings" tab for more information.
Step 3: Budget Adoption
The City Manager presents the 2015-2016 Proposed Budget to the City Council on July 15. 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 July 15, August 5, and August 12. The 2015-2016 Budget will be adopted at the City Council Meeting on August 12. Budget hearings can be watched on City7 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.