Preparation of the annual budget begins approximately nine months prior to the start of the fiscal year with the development of the budget calendar. The budget calendar provides projected dates and items that must be completed to meet the mandatory budget adoption.

The budget calendar is updated and revised to reflect new challenges or requests as the budget process moves forward. It is a primary communication tool of the process. Every effort is made to ensure stakeholders are aware of budget deadlines and time frames.

Budget Calendar FY2019-20

October 29-November 9: Finance conducts pre-budget consultation meetings with all departments
November 1: Non-County Agencies begin preparing applications for funding
November 13: Budget Manual sent to departments. MUNIS is open for departments to “clean up” rolled detail records.
November 27: County Manager’s “kickoff” meeting with departments on the FY19‐20 budget process
November 27-January 25: Departments enter FY19-20 budget requests into financial system, complete required and optional forms if necessary.

January 25: Department budget entry ends. All budget requests must be entered into financial system and required forms sent to Finance. Changes to department fee schedules must be submitted to Finance.
January 30: Finance submits consulting forms to ITGC and CIP Committees
January 31: Non-County Agency Funding applications due
February 13: ITGC and CIP Committee recommendations are due
February 8-March 27: Non-County Agency Funding Committee deliberations
February 18-March 1: County Managers meet with departments by strategic focus area on FY19‐20 budget (mandatory). Committee presentations and rankings of consulting forms.
March 18-22: Enhancement, New Position, Reclass, ITGC, CIP and Capital Outlay decisions are made
March 27: Non-County Agency Funding Committee Recommendations presented
April 11: FY19‐20 Recommended Budget informally presented to Board of Commissioners
April 15: FY19‐20 Recommended Budget formally presented to Board of Commissioners
June 3: Public Hearing on FY19‐20 Recommended Budget
June 17: Adopt FY19‐20 Budget

Finance: 230 Government Center Dr, #165 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7187 • Fax 910-798-7806