Budget Process

Budget Process

City of Wichita Mission

As an exceptionally well-run City, we will:

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

Resident Engagement

City Council Budget Workshops

View the live broadcasts from the City Council Budget Workshops:

District Advisory Board Meetings

Budget Resident Engagement Roundtables

Graduates of the Civic Engagement Academy as well as members of District Advisory Boards and other boards and commissions were invited to participate in a budget roundtables.

  • January 25 & March 7
  • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Advanced Learning Library, 711 W. 2nd St.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 at 9 am

City Manager Robert Layton will present the 2025-2026 Proposed Budget and 2025-2034 Proposed Capital Improvement Program during the July 16 City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. 

Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 6 pm

A public hearing on the 2025 to 2026 Proposed Budget and 2025 to 2034 Proposed Capital Improvement Program will occur during the Thursday, August 6 City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 at 9 am

A public hearing on the 2025-2026 Proposed Budget and 2025-2034 Proposed Capital Improvement Program will occur during the August 13 City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Tuesday, August 20, 2024 at 9 am

The final public hearing and adoption of the 2025-2026 Proposed Budget and 2025-2034 Proposed Capital Improvement Program will occur during the August 20 City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Steps

Step 1: Review Results & Develop Framework

The first step in budget development is to review annual community results analyze prior-year performance data to develop an initial framework for budget development. Resident engagement during this step in the budget process includes budget roundtables with Civic Engagement Academy graduates and members of boards and commissions on January 25 and March 7.

Step 2: Budget Development

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

Step 3: Budget Adoption

The City Manager will present the 2025-2026 Proposed Budget to the City Council and 2025-2034 Proposed Capital Improvement Program on July 12. 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 during the City Council meetings on August 6 and August 13. The 2025-2026 Proposed Budget to the City Council and 2025-2034 Proposed Capital Improvement Program will be adopted during the City Council meeting on August 20. Archived budget hearings can be watched on City 7 or on the City's YouTube channel.

Step 4: Budget Implementation

After the budget and performance measure 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.