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FY 2016-2017 Budget Documents
Adopted FY 2016-2017 Operating Budget
Adopted FY 2017-2026 Capital Improvement Program
FY 2016-2017 Citizen's Guide to the Budget

About the FY 2017-2018 Budget Process

Budget preparation is a year-long process of gathering information, analyzing data, and working with departments to understand upcoming needs. Development of the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget has begun with work sessions with the Board of Supervisors occurring in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. The capital portion of the budget is proposed in January 2017 and the operating portion is proposed in March 2017. 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) 772-2073. 

Important Dates & Presentations from the FY 2017-2018 Budget Development Process

 Dates Topic
 September 13, 2016 Consent agenda of the Board of Supervisors to approve FY 2017-2018 Budget Development Calendar
 September 27, 2016 Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss FY 2015-2016 Year-End Overview
 October 25, 2016
Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss Fire Department Minimum Staffing         
 November 8, 2016
Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss FY 2018-2027 CIP Project Requests, Project Updates, Fleet Replacement, Project Funding & Debt Policies
 November 22, 2016 Consent agenda of the Board of Supervisors to amend FY 2017-2018 Budget Development Calendar
 December 6, 2016 Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss Tax-Exempt Policies & Non-Taxable Property

Briefing to the Board of Supervisors to review regional economic conditions and real estate reassessments
 January 5, 2017
Joint work session with the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors and Roanoke County Public Schools
 January 10, 2017
Work session with the Board of Supervisors to review Roanoke County fiscal policies
 January 24, 2017 Work session with the Board of Supervisors to review Mid-Year Revenue and Expenditures Updates
 January 24, 2017 Briefing to the Board of Supervisors to propose the County Administrator's FY 2018-2027 CIP
 February 28, 2017 Work session with Board of Supervisors to review FY 2017-2018 Revenue
 March 14, 2017 Briefing to the Board of Supervisors to propose the County Administrator's FY 2017-2018 Operating Budget
 March 28, 2017 Public Hearing on Effective Tax Rate if necessary and on adopting Maximum Tax Rates

Work session with Board of Supervisors to discuss FY 2017-18 Employee Compensation & Benefits
 April 11, 2017 Public Hearing on Capital Budget and to Adopt Tax Rates

Work session with Board of Supervisors to review FY 2017-2018 County Operating Budget 
 April 25, 2017 Work session with Board of Supervisors to review FY 2017-2018 Capital Improvement Program and Debt, Schools Operating and Capital Budgets (if needed)
 May 9, 2017 Public Hearing on County Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program

1st Reading of Ordinance to Adopt and Appropriate Funds FY2017 Operating and Capital Budget

 May 23, 2017  2nd Reading of Ordinance to Adopt and Appropriate Funds FY2017 Operating and Capital Budget


For More Information
For more information about the budget process, contact the Management and Budget staff at (540) 772-2073. To view previously adopted budgets, please see our Annual Fiscal Plan page.
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