The budget process begins approximately six months before the Board of Commissioners votes on the County Manager's Recommended Budget. The Wake County Board of Commissioners received FY13 budget development information, as well as the first draft of possible County budget reductions and expansions, at its annual retreat on January 27, 2012.

Following the retreat, departments worked with the County Manager's Office to develop the FY13 Recommended Budget, which was presented to Commissioners on Monday, May 21, 2012. The Board of Commissioners adopted the FY 2013 budget on June 18, 2012.