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2021-2022 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 includes a database of more than 400 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 23 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 2021-2022 Proposed Budget to the City Council on July 14.  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.

A formal budget hearing will be held at the City Council Meeting on August 4. The 2021-2022 Budget is scheduled for adoption at the City Council Meeting on August 11. 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.


April 7, April 21 and May 26, 2020

City Council Budget Retreats

The live broadcasts can be viewed using the links below:

April 7

April 21

May 26

June 1, June 3 and June 8, 2020

District Advisory Board Meetings

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

Click Here to View the Budget Presentation

June 12-30, 2020 

An online Budget Simulator allowed users to adjust the City's budget based on their own preferences. This data was used to inform the budget process.

Click Here to View the Results of the Budget Simulator 

June 23, 2020 | 2:00 - 3:30pm

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

 Social Media Hub

July 21, 2020 | 9:00am

City Manager Robert Layton presented the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget and 2021-2030 Capital Improvement Program.

August 4, 2020 | 9:00am

Formal hearing on the 2021-2022 Proposed Budget and 2021-2030 Proposed Capital Improvement Program at the City Council Meeting in the City Council Chambers on first floor.

August 11, 2020 | 9:00am

The 2021-2022 Budget and 2021-2030 Proposed Capital Improvement Program were adopted at the City Council Meeting in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall.

Click Here to View the Agenda Report from the August 11 Meeting