• PlanDSM

    Public Meetings will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on:

    February 24 - Municipal Service Center

    February 26 - Polk County River Place

    March 3 - Des Moines Public Library Downtown

    March 10 - Polk County River Place


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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.


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  • Des Moines Public Library Annual Report

    Read all about the GREAT CONNECTIONS the Des Moines Public Library has made over the past year - by providing a great collection, outstanding programs, and excellent customer service - to Des Moines residents and beyond.


    DMPL Annual Report

  • Best City for Young Professionals

    City Award - Best City for Young Professionals. Des Moines tops the list for the Best City for Young Professionals. Factors such as local unemployment rates, job growth projections and median salaries of 24 - 34 year old employed college grads.


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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.


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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.


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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.


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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.


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The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget includes all of the Capital Improvement Projects for the current year and the five fiscal years following.  The Capital Improvement Program helps to better plan for, prioritize, and coordinate capital improvement projects within a city's limited resources. This helps avoid surprises and coordinate financing through single debt issuances or planned rate increases. The City of Des Moines has adopted a CIP each and every year since before 1965.

The Capital Budget is the first year of the CIP that includes a detailed source of funding for each project. It is formally adopted by March 15th of each year, in conjunction with the Operating Budget. The two budgets are tied together in that capital improvement projects often impact operating costs. The operating budget should reflect any corresponding changes in resource allocation due to CIP projects.

A Capital Improvement Project is a major expenditure involving all aspects of the construction, renovation, and repair of City owned buildings and infrastructure. Such projects usually have a minimum useful life of 10 years, costs exceeding $10,000, and are funded in whole, or in part, through the issuance of Bonds, Federal Funds, State Funds, or user fees specifically designated for such a purpose.

Capital Improvement Projects do not include: normal operating expenditures for employee salaries, routine maintenance and repair, other activities associated with, or consumed during a single fiscal year, and capital outlays (projects and equipment that fail to meet the definition of a capital project). All salaries and benefits are paid out of the operating departments; however, the operating funds are reimbursed for city staff work directly related to CIP projects.


Capital Improvement Program Budgets

Contact us with your questions about the CIP Budget.