Budget Process

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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 - 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

A public hearing on the Proposed Budget (and related ordinances) will be held on June 1, 2021.

The State of North Carolina, Wake County and the City of Raleigh have all declared States of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 virus. The Governor has also issued Executive Orders that impose restrictions intended to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus by, among other things, limiting large events, gatherings of people, and the operation of bars and restaurants. Because of the risks to the public that would arise from continued in person meetings, the City has converted City Council meetings to a remote electronic format for the duration of the State of Emergency.

The hearing will be broadcast and available for viewing by the public via the following methods: the City's website; the City's YouTube Channel; or Channel RTN-11. The hearing can also be listened to by telephone and instructions for doing so will be posted on the City's website.

Individuals that desire to speak during the public hearing will have to sign up in advance.  Instructions to request to speak at the public hearing will also be posted on our Public Hearing page. Anyone desiring further assistance should contact the City Clerk's Office at 919-996-3040.

Any person wishing to comment in writing on the proposed incentive may submit written comments from the date of publication of this notice up to twenty-four hours following the close of the public hearing.  Comments should be submitted to the City of Raleigh, 222 West Hargett Street, Post Office Box 590, Raleigh, North Carolina 27602; Attention: City Clerk.

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.

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 22
  • March 15
  • April 5
  • June 1
  • June 7
  • June 14
  • June 21
  • June 28

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.




Lead Department:
Budget and Management Services