Budget Process

Timeline and public input for annual budget and capital improvement plan

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Budget Timeline How you get can involved in the process

Putting together the City of Raleigh's annual operating budget and five-year Capital Improvement Program is a collaborative process between the public, departments and the City Council.

Budget Timeline

City department work on the budget year round. Key dates and milestone are featured below. The process includes a public hearing, Budget Communities Priority Survey, and City Council work sessions. 

Phase Description 
December to January

Budget Development

Departments work on aligning their upcoming year budget requests with the Cities needs and priorities. Departments are reviewing their goals and the cities goals to ensure that resources align with community expectations.

Departments also work on new programs during this time. These new programs meet a need that is in the community or address an area of service improvement. These requests for new resources go to the Budget and Management Services Department for review. 

February to April

Budget Review 

Budget and Management Services staff work with the City Manager’s Office and City Council to finalize the recommendations that make up the budget. The public is also able to give input on funding priorities through a budget survey released each March. 

Budget Work Sessions happen during this time and provide Council the opportunity to provide feedback before the Manager’s Proposed budget presentation in May.  Raleigh Water, Stormwater and Solid Waste Services make utility rate recommendations during these work sessions and provide updates on their activities over the past year. 

May - June

Budget Proposal, Public Hearing &
Budget Adoption

At the second Council meeting in May, the City Manager provides Council with their proposed and balanced budget. The proposal includes any fee or tax increases, new funding requests, and Capital Improvement projects. 

A public hearing on the proposed budget is typically held at the first Council meeting in June. 

The Council meets each week in June as they deliberate and request additional information on the proposed budget. There is also a Council must adopt a budget by July 1. 


How you get can involved in the process

Hearing from residents, business, organizations and the community at large is critical to creating the City's budget. There are multiple ways to participate and make your voice heard. 

  • Complete the Community Budget Priorities Survey in March
  • Attend the budget public hearing (held the first Council meeting in June)
  • Review a copy of the proposed budget on the cities website and make comments to your representatives. 
  • Watch council meetings online to stay informed
  • Attend community meetings on the budget. 




Lead Department:
Budget and Management Services



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