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It’s budget season; careful planning leads to smart investments. Widseth can help!


Should we set aside money for the new water tower that has been discussed for five years or the roads that are in dire need of repair? Or, should we finally tackle the fire hall that has needed to be replaced for the last 10 years? It’s budget season, and with that comes decisions about which municipal projects make the cut for next year. Most cities have a budgeting process in place and know where their priorities are. But, with budget deadlines quickly approaching, we all know now is the time to get serious about which projects are in and which projects are out.

Some cities have a Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) that is referenced during budget preparation time. The format and complexity of these CIPs vary from city to city. In addition to infrastructure projects, such as wastewater and sanitary sewer, water systems, storm drainage systems, and roads, some plans also include buildings and equipment. These may include new police and fire halls, amphitheaters, or a wide variety of other public structures.

Whether you’re looking for an average cost-per-foot or a detailed scope with a cost estimate breakdown, we can help. We’ll take a holistic look at your situation, determine efficient sequencing, and help you develop a systematic approach for next year and down the road. With engineers, architects, surveyors, and environmental scientists on staff, we can help you plan for any project.

Every city looks at different levels of detail when putting together estimates. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook budget items such as financial or legal consultants, land acquisitions, or project contingencies. We’ll help you make your budget accurate and complete.

If you’re running into projects that maybe you haven’t dealt with in the past, and you have some questions, we’re only a phone call or email away. We’ll get you on the right track, and you’ll feel confident submitting this year’s budget.

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