Each year, the City Manager prepares a budget proposal for the following funds: General Fund, Parking Fund, PC Replacement Fund, Solid Waste Fund, Sewer Fund, Water Fund and Equipment Fund. Included in the budget proposal are capital items already reviewed, and endorsed by the City Council during the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) process.
The City of Keene identifies its anticipated capital expenditures each year in a six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP has two major components: the Capital Budget, which is the first year of the program, and the Capital Plan, which is represented by the remaining five years. Once the CIP has been adopted by the City Council, the Capital Budget is automatically presented in the next Operating Budget proposal. This process allows each of the capital projects to be fully discussed and also gives a clear indication of the operating impact each will have on property taxes, water rates, and sewer rates.