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Budget Guide

The City’s budget is comprised of many different funds. Some funds are enterprise funds, some are capital funds

but the most notable fund in the City of Raleigh’s budget is the General Fund. The General Fund includes

operating funds for the majority of city departments including, for example, Police, Fire, Parks, Recreation and

Cultural Resources, Emergency Communications, and Development Services.

Details regarding department budgets are presented in the City’s budget document. Department information

includes budget highlights, key initiatives, and performance indicators. Also included is the budget detail. An

example of the budget detail is included with descriptions below to help readers gain a better understand the

format.

Budget Detail

ACTUALS ACTUALS

ADOPTED

ADOPTED

CHANGE

EMPLOYEES

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17 FY16 to FY17

Public Affairs

9

9

12

12

0

Public Affairs-Rtn

8

8

8

8

0

TOTAL

17

17

20

20

0

DIRECT EXPENDITURES BY DIVISION

Public Affairs

936,246

930,253

1,072,699

1,172,433

9.3%

Public Affairs-Rtn

578,776

562,163

655,053

678,623

3.6%

TOTAL

$1,515,022 $1,492,416

$1,727,752

$1,851,056

7.1%

DIRECT EXPENDITURES BY TYPE

Personnel

947,117

982,117

1,106,616

1,171,847

5.9%

Employee Benefits

281,172

276,601

308,101

323,289

4.9%

Operating Expenditures

245,692

214,363

288,822

327,572

13.4%

Special Programs and Projects

7,537

8,537

7,213

11,348

57.3%

Capital Equipment

33,505

10,797

17,000

17,000

0.0%

TOTAL

$1,515,022 $1,492,416

$1,727,752

$1,851,056

7.1%

*Account Types Include the Following:

Personnel Services

– includes all salary accounts such as part-time, full-time, etc.

Employee Benefits

– includes all benefit accounts such as social security, health insurance, etc.

Operating Expenditures

– includes accounts needed for departmental operating needs such as office supplies,

operational and maintenance supplies, computer lease, pest control services, professional services, organizational

and development training, etc.

Special Programs and Projects

– includes accounts used in unique situations when the full cost of the program

or project needs to be segregated. Examples include appropriations for boards and commissions, agency

appropriations, etc.

Capital Equipment

– includes accounts used to purchase new capital equipment at a unit cost of $5,000 or more.

Interfund Transfers

– includes accounts used for transferring funds from one fund to another.

Includes any

changes to the

number of

employees in a

particular fiscal

year.

This category lists

expenditures by

division.

There are different types

of account codes within

the city’s budget.

See

below for additional

information.*

Column indicates the change

from one fiscal year to the next.

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