Capital Improvement Plan
The purpose of the Biennial Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is to identify and prioritize capital improvement projects for funding. Capital improvement projects include street and park construction and rehabilitation projects, construction and/or repairs to city facilities, major acquisitions such as new computer systems and other equipment that are not part a department’s operating budget, feasibility studies to identify or quantify future projects, and some major equipment replacement purchases. By their nature, capital improvement projects generally tend to be special, one-time “events” designed to address a significant community need or problem. Major capital projects can often take several years to complete, with both funding and construction planned in several specific phases.
Generally, all projects as defined above which involve expenditures of $5,000 or more are included in the CIP. However, there are some special types of projects costing more than $5,000 which are not included in the CIP. Such projects include equipment normally replaced through the Equipment Replacement fund, such as the radio replacement program and routine vehicle replacement program, ongoing operating programs that maintain the current level of service, and leasing of property or vehicles.