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Capital Improvement Program  

What is a Capital Improvement Program?

A Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a major public infrastructure and planning tool for municipalities. The CIP is a statement of the City's policies and financial abilities to manage the physical development of the community. The development of a six-year CIP provides a systematic plan for providing infrastructure improvements within a prioritized framework.

The City of Tukwila combines the six-year Financial Planning Model and the Capital Improvement Program into one document. The Financial Planning Model - Attachment A -summarizes the general government revenues, operations & maintenance, debt, and capital expenditures. Attachments B and C provide a greater level of detail for the anticipated operations and maintenance and capital expenditures respectively. The Enterprise Funds, including the Water, Sewer, and Surface Water Utilities along with the Foster Golf Course are also summarized.

The CIP sets the general schedule within which public improvements are proposed to be undertaken. The first year reflects the adopted Budget for the fiscal year. The remaining five years represent a schedule and estimate of future capital needs that may be funded given projected revenue estimates. The CIP is reviewed and revised annually. A proposed CIP is presented to the appropriate City Committees and the City Council as part of the annual budget process. A final CIP is presented to the City Council and is adopted concurrently with the annual operating budget in December.

There are several benefits for developing and adopting a Capital Improvement Program. Not only does the CIP become a management tool for the City Council and City staff, a CIP also provides valuable information to the citizens, developers and businesses who are interested in the development of the community. The CIP document will assist in leveraging available resources through improved timing of projects, and coordinating City projects with those of other public or private entities.

Despite the many benefits of capital improvement programming, it is important to highlight the fact that this is a fluid document and guide. Changes can occur for many reasons. Revenues can fluctuate as a result of changing economic conditions or shifts in public policy. Private economic decisions can also affect the timing, scale and location of capital projects. Finally, community objectives are difficult to set and may be altered during the budget process when priorities are often revised.

In summary, a CIP should reflect community assets, community needs and community goals. A CIP should also provide guidelines for growth and development.

For more information on the City of Tukwila's Capital Improvement Program, please call the Public Works Department at (206) 431-3660.


Contact Information:

Public Works

6300 Southcenter Blvd.,
Tukwila, WA 98188

Phone: 206 433-0179
Fax: 206 431-3665

Email the Public Works Dept.