The City of Raleigh Special Appropriations budget reflects services or functions that are not specifically associated
with a particular department. These functions are grouped into six categories: Employee Benefits,
Intergovernmental Payments, Non-departmental Expenses, Risk Management, Transfers to Other Funds and
Municipal Service Districts.
The Employee Benefits category budgets the city's contribution toward health and life
insurance for retirees, workers compensation and unemployment.
Intergovernmental payments include items such as tax billing and collections and
the municipal service districts in downtown Raleigh and along Hillsborough Street.
Non-departmental expenses include operating costs not associated with a specific
department. These include postage, safety shoes, Council contingency and the maintenance and operations
The risk management accounts fund a portion of the Risk Management Internal Service Fund.
As in the past, direct expenses of risk management will be paid from the Internal Service Fund.
Transfers to Other Funds:
Transfers to Other Funds include transfers made from the General Fund to other
funds. Transfers to the General Debt Service Fund, Technology Fund, General Public Improvements Capital
Projects Fund and Park Improvement Fund represent the General Fund contributions to the city’s debt service and
five-year capital program. Transfers are also made to Public Transit, Parking Operations, Convention and
Performing Arts Center, Solid Waste Services and Community Development funds. These funds are operated as
business-like enterprise funds, but are partially supported with General Fund dollars.
Municipal Service Districts:
There are two municipal service districts (MSD) in the City including the Downtown
MSD and the Hillsborough Street MSD. In September 2015, the State of NC adopted legislation impacting the
process by which cities contract with private agencies to provide services within a municipal service district. To
comply with the state legislation, the City determined the scope of service and criteria, provided for an RFP
process, provided opportunities for public input and, with the FY17 budget, will put in place reporting requirements
for each district service provider.
Through the City’s newly developed MSD RFP process, Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) was selected to provide
services in the Downtown MSD and Hillsborough Street Community Services Corporation (HSCSC) was selected
to provide services in the Hillsborough Street MSD. The scope of services to be delivered in both MSDs address
clean and safe environment, economic development, targeted visitor and marketing communications and conflict
resolution and consensus building services for all MSD residents and property owners. Starting Fall 2017, the City
will perform the tasks associated with the clean environment scope of service for the Downtown MSD. All other
scope of service tasks will be performed by the service providers selected for a four-year term, which the contract
length approved by Council. With the annual budget process, Council will adopt a tax rate and budget for each
For FY17 the tax rate for the Downtown MSD is $.0629 per $100 of assessed property value and the contract