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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.


  • March 24, 2015 - Board of Supervisors work session to discuss staff compensation and benefits. The Board of Supervisors sets real estate, personal property and machinery & tools tax rates for 2015. See our Tax Information page for more information.
  • March 18, 2014 - Board of Supervisors work session for Community Services and Public Safety budget teams.
  • March 11, 2015 - Board of Supervisors joint budget meeting with the Roanoke County School Board.
  • March 10, 2015 - Board of Supervisors work session on fleet needs and heavy equipment, along with presentations from Internal Services and Human Services budget teams.
  • 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 fleet fleet/heavy equipment replacement schedules and presentations from the Internal Services and Human Services budget teams.

March 11, 2015 Board of Supervisors joint budget meeting with the Roanoke County School Board.
March 18, 2015
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 staff compensation and benefits.
See more information about Roanoke County's tax rates on our Tax Information page.
           
April 21, 2015 At 6:00 p.m., the Roanoke County Administrator presented a proposed FY2015-2016 Budget and Draft Capital Improvement Plan for FY2016-2025 to the Board of Supervisors.

April 28, 2015 Public Hearing on the proposed FY2015-2016 Budget at the Board of Supervisors meeting and work session. Board of Supervisors scheduled vote on adoption of Roanoke County Schools' FY2015-2016 Budget.

May 12, 2015 First reading of the Appropriation Ordinance at the Board of Supervisors meeting and work session on the proposed FY2015-2016 Proposed Budget.

May 26, 2015 Second reading of the Appropriation Ordinance at the Board of Supervisors meeting and scheduled vote to adopt the FY2015-2016 budget .



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.