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 in the process. Every effort is made to ensure stakeholders are aware of budget deadlines and time frames.

Budget Calendar FY 2020-21

October 14-25: Finance conducts pre-budget consultation meetings with all departments

November 13-14: Training for Non-County Agencies on funding application and reporting requirements

November 15: Non-County Agency funding applications available

November 18: Budget Manual sent to departments

November 18-January 24: Departments enter FY20-21 budget requests in financial system, complete required and optional forms

November 20-December 31: Department consultations with Human Resources on new position and reclassification requests

November 21: County Manager’s “kickoff” meeting with departments on the FY20-21 budget process

January: Budget planning meeting with Board of Commissioners

January 6: Non-County Agency funding applications due

January 24: Department budget entry ends. All budget requests must be entered in financial system and required/optional forms and fee schedules sent to Finance

February 28: ITGC and CIP Committee recommendations due

March 11: County Managers hold joint meeting with all departments to discuss FY20-21 enhancement requests and proposed fee changes

March 20: Non-County Agency Funding Committee recommendations due

May 14: FY20-21 Recommended Budget informally presented to Board of Commissioners

May 18: FY20-21 Recommended Budget formally presented to Board of Commissioners

June 1: Public Hearing on FY20-21 Recommended Budget

June 15: Adoption of FY20-21 Budget

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