Budget Process


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Budget Process Dates Public Hearing Work Sessions Presentations Budget Amendments and Transfers

Budget Process Dates

October - Budget Kickoff: City Manager and Budget and Management Services provide directions to departments regarding budget preparation and submission.

December - Departments submit budget requests to Budget and Management Services.

January & February - Pre-Budget public hearing. Budget and Management Services reviews submitted budgets and recommends modifications.

March - City Manager reviews budget requests and Budget and Management Services modifications with department directors.

March to May - Budget and Finance staff work with the City Manager to finalize revenue projections and balance the Proposed Budget.

May - City Manager presents the Proposed Operating Budget and Proposed Capital Improvement Program to City Council.

June - Public hearing on the Proposed Operating and Capital Budgets. City Council undertakes Budget Work Sessions.

July 1 - Deadline by which City Council must adopt the Annual Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program

Public Hearing

The City Council traditionally holds a public hearing on the Proposed Budget after its first regular meeting in June. Council meetings, public hearings and work sessions are held in the Council Chambers of the Avery Municipal Complex, 222 West Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

The public hearing for the FY2020 Proposed Budget was June 4, 2019 at 7 p.m

Work Sessions

Although no public comment is taken during Council work sessions, these are open to the public. Budget notes and background research requested by Council are available on the morning of each scheduled session.

Work sessions will be held by council one the following dates at 4 p.m. until the budget is adopted in Council Chambers at 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601:

 

  • Feb. 25, 2019
  • March 18, 2019
  • April 8, 2019
  • June 3, 2019
  • June 10, 2019

 

Audio enhancements have been installed in the Council Chamber. Assistive listening devices are available upon request. Interpreters for Deaf and Hearing Impaired are available. If needed, please provide a 24-hour notice by calling 919-996-3100 (voice) or 919-996-3107 (TDD).

Presentations

When requested, city staff will present a summary of the Proposed Budget to Citizen Advisory Councils and other civic groups. The presentation gives an overview of new programs, as well as changes in revenues and expenditures.

Budget Amendments and Transfers

Throughout the fiscal year, adjustments to the original budget ordinance may become necessary to meet changing circumstances, better carry out planned programs and provide for new Council initiatives. Two type of changes can occur - budget amendments and budget transfers. Such changes are required at the line-item level of the budget underlying the budget ordinance.

A budget amendment increases or decreases the revenue and expenditures of an appropriated fund (this may involve decreases or increases in revenue and expenditures or shifting of monies between funds). Budget amendments, in accordance with North Carolina Statute 159-15, require the approval of City Council. Amendment requests are submitted to Budget and Management Services and approved by the City Manager prior to submittal to City Council.

Lead Department:
Budget and Management Services
Service Categories:
Operating Budget

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