Public invited to comment on $240.4 million Carlsbad budget

North Coast Current

The city of Carlsbad invites residents to participate in a workshop June 11 covering the city’s proposed $240.4 million operating budget.

The workshop, set for 6 p.m. at the Faraday Administration Center, 1635 Faraday Ave., is designed to provide an opportunity for residents to learn about the budget, ask questions and provide feedback, which will be forwarded to the City Council, according to a city announcement.

In a report issued to the City Council on June 9, the proposed operating budget focuses on maintaining and enhancing Carlsbad’s quality of life while investing in initiatives to support community values, the announcement stated.

“We have been very strategic in recommending any new spending, offsetting new costs with increased efficiencies wherever possible,” city budget manager Helga Stover said in the announcement. “The result is a balanced budget that will enable the city to continue to provide excellent service at the best value to our taxpayers.”

The City Council is expected to vote on city’s operating and capital improvement budgets on June 23. The city’s fiscal year starts July 1.

The operating budget covers expenses such as public safety, parks and recreation, library and arts services, and infrastructure maintenance. The city’s proposed $73.7 million Capital Improvement Program budget covers major city construction projects, and was presented to the City Council on May 19.

More information, including a breakdown of the proposed operating budget, can be found online at