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2019-20 City Manager's Recommended Budget

2019-20 Recommended Biennial Budget

The 2019-2020 City Manager's Recommended Budget is based on the 2018 Strategic Plan.  The section below contains details of the Offer Narratives within each Outcome Area.  Within each narrative there are links to view the performance measures included in the Offer.

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2019-20 City Manager's Recommended Budget by Outcome Area

Neighborhood Livability and Social Health

Fort Collins provides a high-quality built environment, supports quality, diverse neighborhoods, and fosters the social health of the community.


1.1 Improve access to quality housing that is affordable to a broad range of income levels

1.2 Collaborate with other agencies to address poverty issues and other identified high priority human service needs, and to make homelessness rare, short-lived and nonrecurring

1.3 Improve accessibility to City and community programs and services to low- and moderate-income populations

1.4 Co-create a more inclusive and equitable community that promotes unity and honors diversity

1.5 Foster positive and respectful neighbor relationships and open communication

1.6 Protect and preserve the quality of life in neighborhoods

1.7 Guide development through community planning, historic preservation, and efficient and effective development review

1.8 Evaluate the involuntary annexation of the Mulberry Corridor

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Culture and Recreation

Fort Collins provides diverse cultural and recreational amenities.


2.1  Develop recreational and cultural programs with pricing and marketing strategies that drive value, attendance and cost recovery

2.2  Plan, design, implement and maintain the City's parks and trails systems

2.3  Provide enhanced opportunities for arts and culture throughout the City

2.4  Protect the health and longevity of the tree canopy

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Economic Health

Fort Collins promotes a healthy, sustainable economy reflecting community values.


3.1 Facilitate government and local partners to form an effective regional economic health group

3.2 Maintain and grow diverse employment opportunities

3.3 Enhance business engagement to address existing and emerging business needs

3.4 Foster infill and redevelopment that enhances the community

3.5 Maintain utility systems, services, infrastructure and predictable rates

3.6 Invest in utility infrastructure aligned with community development

3.7 Deploy reliable, high-speed internet services throughout the community

3.8 Secure a quiet zone along the Mason Corridor to reduce train noise

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Environmental Health

Fort Collins promotes, protects and enhances a healthy and sustainable environment.


4.1 Achieve 2020 Energy Policy goals and work towards Climate Action goals for carbon neutrality
4.2 Improve indoor and outdoor air quality
4.3 Achieve 2020 Energy Policy goals and work toward long-term net zero energy
4.4 Achieve the 2020 Road to Zero Waste goals and work toward the 2030 zero waste goals
4.5 Develop strategies to improve the community's climate resiliency
4.6 Provide a reliable, high-quality water supply
4.7 Continually improve environmental regulatory performance
4.8 Protect and enhance natural resources on City-owned properties and throughout the community
4.9 Sustain and improve the health of the Cache la Poudre River and its watershed
4.10 Expand the Natural Areas land portfolio while simultaneously maintaining existing lands and access to nature

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Safe Community

Fort Collins provides a safe place to live, work, learn and play. 


5.1 Improve community involvement, education and regional partnerships to increase the level of public trust and keep the community safe
5.2 Meet the expected level of core and specialized police services as the community grows
5.3 Partner with Poudre Fire Authority to provide high-quality fire prevention, community risk reduction and emergency response services
5.4 Improve emergency management and preparedness
5.5 Address water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure needs for the protection of people, property and the environment
5.6 Optimize the use of data and technology to improve service, protect mission-critical infrastructure and enhance cybersecurity effectiveness
5.7 Reduce incidents of, and impacts from, disruptive behavior of the transient population
5.8 Improve security at City facilities and properties

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Fort Collins provides safe and reliable multi-modal travel to, from and throughout the City.


6.1 Improve safety for all modes of travel
6.2 Manage traffic congestion and improve high-priority intersections
6.3 Improve transit availability and grow ridership
6.4 Support, enhance and accelerate I-25 improvements according to the multi-modal environmental impact statement
6.5 Improve aging and/or missing transportation infrastructure that serves Fort Collins
6.6 Maintain Level of Service ‘B’ for City streets and the current level of service for medians and associated infrastructure
6.7 Address parking needs Downtown, along the MAX corridor and in residential neighborhoods

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High Performing Government

Fort Collins exemplifies an efficient, innovative, transparent, effective and collaborative city government.


7.1 Provide world-class municipal services to residents and businesses
7.2 Promote a values-driven organizational culture that maintains the public trust through ethical behavior and transparency
7.3 Broaden methods of community engagement with additional consideration to diverse backgrounds, languages and needs
7.4 Attract, retain, engage, develop and reward a diverse and competitive workforce to meet the needs of the community now and in the future
7.5 Foster a culture of safety and well-being across the City organization
7.6 Leverage data, technology, metrics and benchmarks to guide decisions, improve results, and enhance service delivery
7.7 Address revenue requirements to meet known and emerging needs
7.8 Maintain assets to reduce lifecycle costs while improving reliability and accessibility
7.9 Proactively influence policy and legislative development at all levels

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Budgeting for Outcomes Timeline


  • Recommended Budget submitted to City Clerk's Office:  August 31, 2018
  • Council Work Session #1:  September 11, 2018
  • Council Meeting - Public Hearing #1:  September 18, 2018
  • Council Work Session previously scheduled for September 25, 2018 (replacement meeting TBD)
  • Dedicated Additional Council Work Session: October 1, 2018
  • Council Meeting - Public Hearing #2:  October 2, 2018
  • Council Work Session:  October 9, 2018
  • Council Work Session:  October 16, 2018 (after the Council Meeting)
  • Council Meeting - First Reading of the Budget Ordinance:  November 6, 2018
  • Council Meeting - Second Reading of the Budget Ordinance:  November 20, 2018
  • Budget Adopted January 2019


2017-18 Biennial Budget

2017-2018 Adopted Biennial Budget Cover

The 2017-2018 Adopted Biennial Budget is based on the 2016 Strategic Plan. The links below contain details of the Offer Narratives of all funded and unfunded Offers by Outcome. Within each narrative there are links to view the performance measures included in the Offer.

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2017-18 Capital Projects Map

This map displays most of the capital projects included in the 2017-18 Adopted Biennial Budget. Please note that specific locations of some Offers have yet to be determined. Examples include bike infrastructure projects, pedestrian sidewalk improvements and Nature in the City. Additionally, master plan projects for the Water and Wastewater Utilities are shown as two large areas in Old Town. Further coordination and planning will be required to determine the exact locations of those projects.

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