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Capital Improvement Program

The City of Boulder's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a six-year plan for public physical improvements. The CIP provides a forecast of funds available for capital projects and identifies all planned capital improvement projects and their estimated costs over the six-year period. Allocations are made according to the Operating and CIP Budget Guiding Principles pdf

The first year's program in the CIP is adopted by the City Council as the Capital Budget, as a counterpart to the annual Operating Budget. Although fiscal resources are appropriated only in the first year of the CIP, the succeeding five years of the CIP are important in providing a longer-term plan for setting spending priorities, scheduling projects in a logical sequence, and coordinating and targeting capital improvement projects for all city departments.

Annual Capital Improvement Program

Beginning in 2020, the six-year CIP is incorporated into the 2020 Approved Budget pdf starting on page 143.  In the CIP, over $85 million is allocated for 2020, with a total projected amount of approximately $565 million from 2020 to 2025. The 2020 CIP is lower than anticipated at this time last year based on timing of large utility projects that have been pushed to 2021 and 2022. Therefore, the 2020 CIP is relatively in line with the 2019 Approved CIP ($70.6 million). It is important to remember that, unlike an operating budget, the capital budget may significantly fluctuate between years due to timing of projects and availability of funding. The 2020 to 2025 CIP includes several large projects including:

  • Software Replacement $6.8M
  • Deferred Facility Maintenance Projects $2.0M
  • Pavement Management Program $4.8M
  • BCH Hospital Deconstruction $3.5M
  • North Boulder Library Branch $7.5M
  • South Boulder Creek Phase I $2.0M
  • Ongoing repairs to Barker Gravity Pipeline $3.8M


The CIP is an essential implementation tool for carrying out the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan's policies of orderly and efficient provision of urban facilities and services. The Comprehensive Plan provides for the phased growth of the city, with annexation to occur only when the full range of urban services is available.

2019-2024 Annual CIP

For 2019, the city is spending the majority, more than 80 percent, of its 2019 capital funds on capital maintenance and enhancement of its existing assets. The CIP focuses on taking care of what the city already owns with an emphasis on making improvements to its core service areas.  The below dashboard displays the 2019-2024 CIP in various ways.


Community, Culture and Safety tax

In November 2014, Boulder voters approved the Community, Culture and Safety tax, a three-year 0.3 percent sales and use tax increase. The ballot language projected that the revenue from this temporary tax increase will yield $27.6 million for specific projects to improve community spaces, bolster cultural projects and organizations, and enhance safety.

Learn more about Community, Culture and Safety projects.

2013 Flood Recovery Projects

The September 2013 flooding caused extensive damage to city infrastructure, including all utility systems (water, wastewater, stormwater and major drainageways), roads, multi-use paths, trails and facilities. Affected critical services have been restored, but full recovery will likely take years. Some work is temporary in nature, with more permanent work to follow.

Get more Boulder Flood Info.

2011 Capital Improvement Bond

In November 2011, Boulder voters passed Ballot Item 2A by a 3-to-1 margin and gave the city the authority to leverage existing revenues to bond for up to $49 million to pay for necessary capital investments. Since the bond is paid for with existing revenues, the 2011 ballot item did not raise taxes.

The 2011 vote allows the city to implement a list of projects that address significant deficiencies and high-priority infrastructure improvements like roadway reconstruction, park facility upgrades, critical software updates, police equipment needs, and more.

All projects have been completed. 

Learn more about the Capital Improvement Bond Projects.

Get Involved

The Capital Improvement Program planning process includes reviews by advisory boards and commissions and public hearings on proposed capital budgets through June of each year. The Planning Board held a public hearing on July 20, and City Council reviewed the draft on Aug. 8. Visit the Planning Board Home Page and the City Council Home Page for more information.


Chris Ranglos, Planner, at 303-441-4124.

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