Budget Development

CURRENT STATUS
Fiscal Year 2018 budget development is now in progress.  City of Roanoke Departments and Divisions began preparing their budget requests, or offers, in late November and submitted them for review by the Department of Management and Budget on January 3rd.  Management and Budget will review them for completeness and consistency over the next several weeks.  City staff members have been selected to serve on teams for each of the City's Priorities -- Economy, Education, Good Government, Human Services, Infrastructure, Livability, and Safety.  An orientation meeting for new Priority Team Members was held on January 6th.  The Priority Teams began their work during the week of January 23rd.  Their goals will be to rank the budget request offers in order of importance and to provide funding recommendations to the Budget Committee.  Funding requests from the City's outside agency partners were due on Thursday, January 26th.  An initial budget briefing was held with City Council on January 3rd.  

At present, local tax revenues for FY2018 are projected to be 0.7% less than the FY2017 adopted budget.  Additionally, preliminary identified cost increases total almost $4.7 million.  The FY2018 budget process is expected to be challenging with the departments/divisions, the Priority Teams, and the Budget Committee working closely together to recommend a balanced budget to City Council for the upcoming year.
  1. FY2018
  2. FY2017
  3. FY2016

Important Dates, Presentations and Official Documents


  • September 23, 2016: City Council Strategic Planning Retreat (pdf)
  • November 21, 2016: City Leadership Kickoff meeting and Budget System becomes available (for City Directors and Staff only)
  • December 1, 2016 9:00 AM City Council Chambers: Outside Agency mandatory instructional meeting
  • December 5, 2016: Priority Indicators and Performance Measure Document (pdf) available (shows FY 2016 results)
  • December 5, 2016: City Council adopts the Budget Calendar (pdf)
  • December 8, 2016 United Way's e-cimpact System Open to Outside Agencies
  • January 3, 2017: City Council Briefing (pdf)
  • January 23, 2017: Priority Teams and Budget Committee begin work
  • January 26, 2017: Outside Agency applications due at noon.
  • February 6, 2017: City Council Briefing (pdf)
  • March 6, 2017: City Council Briefing and Budget Working Document completed
  • April 3, 2017: City Council Briefing
  • April 17, 2017: Recommended Budget presentation to City Council and Recommended Budget Document is available.
  • April 27, 2017: Public Hearing
  • May 1, 2017: Budget Study
  • May 15, 2017: Budget Adoption
  • June 19, 2017: Adopted Budget Document including the Capital Improvement Program is available