Budget Process Dates Public Hearing Work Sessions 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
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.
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.
The Raleigh City Council will hold work sessions at 4 p.m. in the Raleigh City Council Chamber until the budget is adopted on the following dates:
- February 24
- March 16 - canceled
- April 6 - canceled
- June 1
- June 8
- June 15
- June 22
- June 29
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).
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.