Current Budget and Budget Process

Last updated Apr. 03, 2017 - 7:54 am

The primary function of the Budget and Management Services Department is the preparation of key financial planning and budget documents for the City of Raleigh. This division also conducts research and analysis to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness through the use of performance measures and analysis of organizational structures and processes.

Budget and Management Services prepares budget notes to provide Council detailed information on specific topics.

FY2018 Budget Process

City Manager Ruffin Hall will present the proposed FY2018 Budget and the proposed FY2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program to City Council during the May 16 City Council meeting. The proposed budget will outline city expenditure recommendations for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2018. The city's capital improvement program analyzes major facility and equipment needs, establishes priorities, estimates fiscal resources, and will schedule the development of funded projects spanning FY 2018 - FY 2022. City Council will adopt the budget before the end of June.

Interactive Budget Explorer

Budget Visualization

Budget and Management Services has partnered with the Information Technology Department to offer citizens an easier way to understand and interact with both the Operating Budget and the Capital Improvement Program. The project provides an interactive view of revenues and expenses per fund, highlights of the largest changes since last year’s budget, and a responsive map displaying the location of capital improvement projects.

Open Data Visualizations

Capital Improvement Interactive Map

Proposed FY17 to FY16 Interactive Comparison Tool

Interactive Budget Explorer

A Guide to the City of Raleigh Budget

This guide is provided to help citizens learn about the City of Raleigh’s budget.

Learn more about A Guide to the City of Raleigh Budget

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 Hearings

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 FY2018 Proposed Budget will be on June 6 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.

Preliminary budget work sessions are scheduled for February 27, March 15 and April 5 at 1 p.m.

Once the budget is presented to the City Council, work sessions will be held by council every Monday in June (5, 12, 19, and 26) at 4 p.m. until the budget is adopted.

Council Chambers of the Avery Municipal Complex
222 West Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

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).


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.

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