The Commissioners and County Manager are committed to keeping citizens informed of the budgetary situation. Citizens are invited to attend Board of Commissioners meetings, hear the County Manager’s Economic Updates and speak during the public comment period.

The budget process begins six months before the Board of Commissioners votes on the spending plan. The key dates given to members of the Wake County management team to allow them to prepare for the budget process, are listed below.

Budget Process

Day​ ​Date ​Activity ​Corresponding Documents
Thursday​ ​October 9, 2014 ​Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Kickoff
Tuesday​ December 9, 2014 ​Operating Budget Kickoff
Wednesday January 15, 2015 ​CIP requests due to Budget Management staff
Friday ​January 30, 2015 ​Operating budget submissions due from departments


​Friday ​February 13, 2015 ​Board of Commissioners Retreat - Preview of budget issues.


​January 2015 ​Begin review of CIP requests with County Manager's Office
​March - April ​Department budget meetings with County Manager
​Monday ​May 18, 2015 ​Recommended Budget presented to Board of Commissioners. Watch the County Manager's Presentation here.
  • ​Recommended Budget
  • County Manager's Recommended Budget Message


​Monday ​June 1, 2015

​Public Hearings:

  • First hearing: 2 p.m.
    Board of Commissioners Meeting Room
    Wake County Justice Center, Room 2700
    300 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC
  • Second hearing: 7 p.m.
    Wake County Commons


​Monday ​June 8, 2015

​Board of Commissioners Work Session on Recommended Budget


​Monday ​June 15, 2015 ​Adoption of FY 2015 Operating Budget and FY 2015-2021 Community Improvement Plan (CIP)