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About the Budget Process
While budget preparation is generally a year-long process, the most pertinent information starts to come together in January or early February of each year, and continues until a budget for the upcoming fiscal year is approved by the Board of Supervisors in June. By state law, localities like Roanoke County must approve a balanced budget by June 30.

A locality’s budget is a document that projects a county’s revenues and expenses for the upcoming year to ensure that the local government can cover costs. The process Roanoke County undertakes to develop a balanced budget for the upcoming year is dependent on many factors that include – but are not limited to - county expenditures (expenses ie: fuel, building maintenance, employee salaries, etc), local tax revenue collection, citizens' expectations for continued service levels, funding for Roanoke County Public Schools, and funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Throughout Roanoke County’s budget process, the Board of Supervisors and staff will hold several public work sessions as well as public hearings to gather citizen input before the budget's final adoption. In addition, citizens can send ideas to Roanoke County Management and Budget staff at any time by using our online Budget Comments and Suggestions Form.

For questions about the budget process, please contact the Management and Budget staff at (540) 772-2021. To view previously adopted budgets, please see our Annual Fiscal Plan page.


Budget Presentations and Summaries
Summaries of budget documents presented to the Board of Supervisors will be posted here by date as they become available.

  • February 24, 2015 - Board of Supervisors work session presentation of Capital Project Planning and Maintenance.
  • February 10, 2015 - Board of Supervisors work session presentation about FY2015-2016 Revenue Projections and Fees.


Important Budget Dates for FY2015-2016 Budget Development 
The dates below are tentative and subject to change. Due to the many factors that affect Roanoke County's budget development, the dates below may be changed and new dates may be added before the final budget presentation and approval.

 Dates Topic
February 10, 2015 Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss revenue projections and fee structures of various county departments.
February 24, 2015 Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss Capital Planning and Debt.
March 10, 2015 Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss the county's Capital Maintenance Plan and fleet/heavy equipment replacement schedules.
March 17, 2015
(Tentative)
Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss contributions to local nonprofit and charitable organizations along with a discussion of compensation and benefits.
March 24, 2015 Public Hearing/Adoption of Tax Rates at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss service delivery levels and department operations.
April 14, 2015 The Roanoke County Administrator will present the proposed FY2015-2016 budget at the Board of Supervisors meeting.

Work session topics to be determined.
April 28, 2015 Public Hearing on the proposed FY2015-2016 budget at the Board of Supervisors meeting.
May 12, 2015 First reading of the Appropriation Ordinance at the Board of Supervisors meeting.
May 26, 2015 Second reading of the Appropriation Ordinance at the Board of Supervisors meeting and vote on FY2015-2016 budget adoption.


For More Information
For more information about the budget process, contact the Management and Budget staff at (540) 772-2021. To view previously adopted budgets, please see our Annual Fiscal Plan page.