Should your city be spending more or less on parks? How about libraries? Police?

These are the types of questions city leaders across Orange County will address this month as they work to adopt their 2014 fiscal year budgets, which residents can directly affect by speaking up at upcoming study sessions and hearings.

As the budget season kicks into high gear this month, we’ll be keeping an eye on the priorities established across our region. We’ve also compiled links to all of the available proposed budgets to help interested residents get into the game.

Budgets are some of the most important documents passed by city councils. They serve as a master spending plan for every city expense from new park space to police salaries to traffic lights.

Many cities hold budget workshops, which give residents a chance to comment on the plans. In most cities, speakers get three minutes each to provide their opinions to council members.

The fiscal year starts July 1 in most cities in Orange County; Huntington Beach operates on an October to September schedule.

Together, the city budgets are expected to amount to several billion dollars in public funds.

Find an interesting spending choice or trend in one of these budgets? Leave a comment below or send us an email.

Aliso Viejo



Buena Park

Costa Mesa


Dana Point

Fountain Valley


Garden Grove

Huntington Beach


La Habra

La Palma

Laguna Beach

Laguna Hills

Laguna Niguel

Laguna Woods

Lake Forest

Los Alamitos

Mission Viejo

Newport Beach



Rancho Santa Margarita

San Clemente

San Juan Capistrano

Santa Ana

Seal Beach



Villa Park

  • FY14 Proposed Budget will be available Wednesday, according to city staff.
  • FY13 Final Budget


Yorba Linda

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