Kirkland prides itself on providing residents an exceptional quality of life with great schools, safe streets, a clean environment and beautiful parks. The community has requested to stay informed about how the City spends community resources.
The City has just launched a community engagement initiative on the 2019-2020 biennial budget to ensure that community members can stay informed and can provide feedback to the City.
Over the coming months, the City will share key budget facts, called City Spotlights, so you can stay informed and involved. City staff will also be attending various community events to collect input from community members about what is important to them. This ensures that the City invests in the things that are most important to our community: keeping our community safe, welcoming, inclusive and livable, now and in the future.
This webpage will be updated periodically throughout the summer and fall of 2018 with City Spotlights, informational videos, reports and other information. You can also follow the City’s Facebook page or Twitter account for more information.
2017-2018 Budget documents
The City’s Budget is composed of 24 separate funds that are balanced independently—revenues equal expenditures. The City's budget is divided into four primary sections—General Government, Water/Sewer Utility, Surface Water Utility, and Solid Waste Utility. Within each primary section there are operating and non-operating funds, with the exception of the Solid Waste Utility which is comprised of an operating fund only.
General government operating funds account for services to the public including public safety, street maintenance, land use, parks and administrative functions. Taxes, fees and charges, and contributions from other governments are the primary finance sources for general government non-operation funds account for debt service, capital improvements and reserves related to these operating funds.
Like the general government funds, the Water/Sewer Utility and the Surface Water Utility both have operating and non-operating components. Distinct from the general government funds, each of the utilities operates much the same as a business (enterprise), with customer charges (rates) supporting all costs. Resources of the utilities cannot be used to subsidize general government functions.
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