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Budget Process

City of Wichita Mission

As an exceptionally well-run City, we will:

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

The first step in budget development is to collect prior-year performance data. This includes a database of more than 400 measures.

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

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 22 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. See "Resident Engagement" tab for more information and additional dates and times as they are scheduled.

The City Manager will present the 2022-2023 Proposed Budget to the City Council 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.

A formal budget hearing will be held at the City Council meeting on August 17. The 2022-2023 Budget is scheduled for adoption at the City Council meeting on August 24. Budget hearings can be watched on City 7 on streaming video.

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.

Resident Engagement

April 8, May 25, and June 1, 2021

View the live broadcasts from the City Council Budget Retreats: April 8 | May 25 | June 1

June 2, June 7, and June 14, 2021

June 22, 2021

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

July 20, 2021 | 9:00am

City Manager Robert Layton will present the 2022-2023 Proposed Budget and 2022-2031 Proposed Capital Improvement Program at the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

August 5, 2021 | 6:30 pm

A public hearing on the 2022-2023 Proposed Budget and 2022-2031 Proposed Capital Improvement Program will occur at the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. View the PowerPoint presentation.

August 17, 2021 | 9:00am

A public hearing on the 2022-2023 Proposed Budget and 2022-2031 Proposed Capital Improvement Program will occur at the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

August 24, 2021 | 9:00am

The 2022-2023 Proposed Budget and 2022-2031 Proposed Capital Improvement Program are scheduled to be adopted at the City Council meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.