The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), a division of the Finance Department, develops the budget in alignment with the Citywide Business plan – which includes public input and performance-based priorities – creating a financial strategy for Kansas City that maximizes its resources to accomplish its near and long-term goals. A successful budget funds City programs, services, and initiatives to best serve the City of Kansas City’s mission, vision, and values, and ultimately improve quality of life for residents.
OMB also manages and coordinates the activities of the Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC). The primary function of PIAC is to solicit resident input and make recommendations regarding both the citywide and neighborhood portions of the capital budget.
Fiscal Year 2019-20 Adopted Budget
The Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget was adopted by the City Council on March 21, 2019. The Fiscal Year 2019-20 budget focuses on public safety as prioritized by residents through the Citizen Satisfaction Survey and the City Council’s Citywide Business Plan and Five-Year Financial Planning model. The $1.73 billion adopted budget increases public safety expenditures over the current year. Public safety accounts for over 75 percent of the General Fund operating budget. The budget transmittal letter from the City Manager to the City Council summarizes key points in the budget.
The Budget Process
The City of Kansas City’s Fiscal Year spans from May 1 to April 30. OMB plans and executes the allocation of resources to the City functions, to help achieve the goals set forth in the Citywide Business Plan. Click areas in the image below to learn more about the Budget Process, including how it works within the Citywide Business Plan, and how input from residents sets the direction for Kansas City.
Citywide Business Plan
In April 2014, the residents of Kansas City approved a change in the City Charter requiring the adoption of the Five-Year Financial Plan every year. Most significantly, the Charter change marked an important first step in breaking the pattern of successive, single-year fixes, often implemented without a long-term view. Instead, the Finance Department, City departments, City Council and residents work each year to extend the Citywide Business Plan into the future. Additionally, for the first time in Kansas City history, the Citywide Business Plan is linked to budget decisions. Moreover, the plans of City departments and divisions are relatable to one another as well as to the Business Plan, which serves as the “planning umbrella.” This process builds each year with the submission of an updated draft of the Citywide Business Plan.
Citywide Business Plan 2018 Update
The Adopted 2018 Update to the Citywide Business Plan includes the City Strategic Plan, the Financial Strategic Plan, and the Five-Year Planning Model. The City’s Strategic Plan includes seven City goals, with 30 departmental objectives and 131 strategies. The 2018 Update includes 10 completed strategies and 24 new strategies. Through the development of strategies, city departments can define what steps that they will need to take to achieve the objectives. Two new components to this year’s plan will be the addition of milestones and actions. The first new component, milestones, will serve as collection of actions that will work together to complete objectives within the timeframe of the Citywide Business Plan. The second new component, actions, are individual tasks to be completed within a milestone. Each goal’s objective will have several strategies that will serve as “stepping stones” between the objectives and measures of success, which will be used to track the progress of each strategy.
Scott Huizenga, Budget Officer
City Hall, Third Floor
414 E. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.