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The City of Carlsbad operates on a July to June fiscal year. The city budget has three main sections, the Operating Budget, which covers the day to day work of the city, like providing police and fire services, libraries, parks and recreation, and other core services; the plan for investing in digital infrastructure; and the Capital Improvement Program, which covers major construction projects.

Setting priorities

The annual budget includes work plans and resources to accomplish the goals in the City Council's 5-Year Strategic Plan. The plan includes five main goals that reflect the values most important to the Carlsbad Community. The city also gathers input throughout the year at meetings, workshops, online surveys and more. Share your feedback anytime via email.

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Archived News
  • Managers update

    City Manager’s Update, May 23, 2024

    This week I’ll continue my series on the city budget and tell you about a specific type of burglary we have seen here in Carlsbad, how our police cracked the case and tips to avoid becoming a future target. Here’s the full list of stories:

    05/23/2024 7:05 PM

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    Holiday home safety

    With Memorial Day weekend coming up, the City of Carlsbad Police Department is reminding residents to take precautions to avoid home burglaries, especially if going out of town.

    05/23/2024 3:23 PM

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    What's open, what's closed on Memorial Day

    City offices in Carlsbad will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. A full holiday schedule for city services is listed below:

    05/20/2024

  • Managers update

    City Manager’s Update, May 16, 2024

    The start of the 2024 TGIF Concerts in the Parks season is just a little over a month away, and today I’ve got the band lineup to share with you, plus the next part of our series about the city budget. Here’s the full run down of stories in this issue:

    05/16/2024 7:05 PM

  • TGIF concerts announcement

    TGIF bands announced

    The City of Carlsbad has announced the 2024 band lineup for its popular TGIF Concerts in the Parks series, which will showcase North County performers playing classic rock, R&B, 1970s disco and more.

    05/16/2024 9:29 AM

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    Carlsbad projects balanced budget

    Thanks to healthy revenues, reduced spending, and new budget policies and practices over the past several years, the City of Carlsbad is projecting a balanced budget through fiscal year 2030, increased cash reserves and among the lowest pension debts in the region. The city released its preliminary

    05/16/2024

  • Lake Calavera Trail

    Temporary trail closure

    Sections of the Lake Loop Trail on the south side of Lake Calavera will be closed May 20 through early summer.

    05/15/2024 9:16 AM

  • Fleet group shot

    Fleet team named top in California

    Carlsbad city staff works hard to be “brilliant at the basics,” from maintaining sewer pipes to responding to emergency calls. None of that would be possible without the team that manages our city vehicles and heavy equipment, keeping everything up and running so we can excel across all departments.

    05/15/2024

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    City launches new budget portal

    The annual budget affects every single person in Carlsbad, and the city wants it to be as transparent and easy to understand as possible. The budget contains a complete spending plan for the year, along with information about the city’s overall financial health, the local economy, upcoming projects,

    05/13/2024 2:21 PM

  • Managers update

    City Manager’s Update, May 9, 2024

    Every May you’ll find city staff putting the finishing touches on our proposed budget for the coming fiscal year that starts July 1. Today I’ll tell you about some new resources we’ve created to help interested residents learn about the budget process. More on that along with this news of the week

    05/09/2024 6:05 PM

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    Community budget workshop

    Carlsbad residents interested in finding out about the city’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 can come to a special community budget workshop where city staff will be on hand to answer questions and take community feedback.

    05/09/2024 11:33 AM

  • Community Arts Grants newsroom

    City awards 27 grants to support local art projects

    The City of Carlsbad recently awarded $117,120 in Community Arts Grants to 27 schools and nonprofit arts organizations to support quality art projects and experiences in Carlsbad.

    05/08/2024 1:47 PM

  • Blue grosbeak

    World Migratory Bird Day

    Saturday is World Migratory Bird Day, an annual observance that promotes conservation efforts for migratory birds and celebrates their journeys.

    05/08/2024 9:30 AM

  • Summer Reading Adventure newsroom

    Summer Reading Adventure starts in June

    Join our summer reading program for all ages from June 10 - Aug. 10.

    05/08/2024 9:19 AM

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    Federal housing grants awarded

    The Carlsbad City Council on Tuesday awarded $518,215 in federal grants to local organizations with programs that prevent and reduce homelessness, preserve affordable housing and provide fair housing services in Carlsbad.

    05/08/2024 9:07 AM

  • Managers update

    City Manager’s Update, May 2, 2024

    This week I’ll tell you how you can meet your new Police Chief, see our latest public art and care for Carlsbad’s natural environment all year long. Here’s the full line up:

    05/02/2024 6:05 PM

  • Repair and recycle

    5 R’s of sustainability

    You may be familiar with the three R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse and recycle, but what about the other two?

    05/01/2024 2:00 PM

  • Coffee with Chief of Police Calderwood

    Coffee with the Chief

    Meet your new Police Chief Christie Calderwood, an 18-year veteran of the City of Carlsbad Police Department, who took the helm April 15 following the retirement of Chief Mickey Williams.

    04/30/2024

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    Local control over future airport plans

    As a community member, it could be hard to keep track of all the federal, state and regional government agencies that influence, or even control, what happens here in Carlsbad. McClellan-Palomar Airport is a prime example.

    04/26/2024 2:43 PM

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    Protecting Carlsbad Boulevard from sea level rise

    This week city staff reported the outcome of a grant-funded project to show how critical infrastructure could be protected from future sea level rise.

    04/26/2024 1:07 PM

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