The City of Arvada utilizes long-range planning for each of the City's major operating funds. Specifically, the City prepares a two-year budget based on a five-year financial model. This method of budgeting is used to determine if future impacts of the current proposed budget are fiscally sound. Using this five-year model, the City is able to test the effects of current financial decisions on future year's financial conditions when approving funding requests throughout the organization.
The Arvada City council adopted the 2012 Operating and Capital Budget for the City of Arvada in October of 2011. The total for all funds budgeted for 2012 is $192,109,969.