The 2020 budget process is guided by the City Commission’s strategic plan which contains seven critical success factors:

  • Effective Governance & Professional Administration
  • Safe, Healthy & Welcoming Neighborhoods
  • Innovative Infrastructure & Asset Management
  • Commitment to Core Services
  • Sound Fiscal Stewardship
  • Collaborative Solutions
  • Economic Growth and Security

Priority-Based Budgeting (PBB)

In addition to the critical success factors, the City Commission identified eight priority initiatives. One of which was to develop a plan to implement priority based budgeting (PBB) and enhance communication in the annual budget process. Staff have been working on implementation of PBB since October of 2018. To see the results, please visit our PBB Open Data Site.

Annual Budget Process

City staff begins budget preparation in early February. In May staff will present a proposed Capital Improvement Plan. In June the City Manager will present the recommended budget to the City Commission. Throughout this process, feedback will be collected and adjustments will be made as necessary. In August, a budget hearing will be held and the budget will be adopted.

The budget calendar that will be used during the 2020 budget process can be found here.

Upcoming Budget Meetings

  • May 14: Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Presentation
  • June 18: City Manager’s Recommended Budget Presentation
    • When materials are available they will be posed here
  • July 9: Present Updated Revenue Projections
    • When materials are available they will be posed here
  • July 16: Establish Maximum Expenditures and Authorize Publication of the 2020 Budget
  • August 6: Budget Public Hearing
    • When materials are available they will be posed here
  • August 13: Budget Adoption
    • When materials are available they will be posed here

Get Involved

The budget process involves many constituents. The City will use Lawrence Listens to collect feedback about budget priorities. The findings will be presented to the City Commission at a future work session. As more details are available, they will be posted here.

Additionally, feedback can be provided at future budget meetings through public comment or by submitting written comments through our regular agenda process.

Outside Agency Funding

Each year, the City provides an opportunity for outside agencies to submit funding requests as part of the budget process. The application to request funding for 2020 closed on April 26, 2019.

The Social Service Funding Advisory Board, Public Incentives Review Committee, and City staff will review the submitted applications and include recommendations as part of the City Manager’s Recommended Budget. The final funding decisions will be made by the City Commission when they adopt the 2020 budget in August.

Additional Materials

Budget Archives

Questions about past funding or budgets?