Budget & Management Services Department

The City of Durham Budget and Management Services Department is made up of three divisions: Budget and CIP, Participatory Budgeting, and the Office of Performance and Innovation (OPI). The Budget and CIP division develops the City’s annual operating budget and Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The Participatory Budgeting division engages Durham residents in a biennial budgeting process where residents are able to submit, “develop,” and vote on projects. The Office of Performance and Innovation manages the City’s Strategic Plan, performance measures, annual resident survey and leads the City in innovative approaches to improving services.

  1. Budget team members hold up the What Works Cities award in front of City Hall/City logo

    Bloomberg Philanthropies Recognizes Durham for Using Data to Improve Residents’ Lives

    The City of Durham is one of the first 50 cities to achieve Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Certification in recognition of its use of data and evidence to guide decision-making. Learn more about the work that earned this designation. Read on...
  2. FY21-22 Adopted Budget

    City's FY21-22 Approved Budget Funds Community Safety, Affordable Housing & COVID-19 Recovery

    On June 21, Durham City Council adopted the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget, which includes a 2 cents property tax rate increase to fund community safety, affordable housing, green and equitable infrastructure projects, and COVID-19 recovery. Read on...
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    Durham Satisfaction Survey Shows Residents Pleased with Employee Service During COVID-19 Pandemic

    In a year like no other, City of Durham employees rose to the occasion and residents took notice with high marks for customer service during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how residents rank City services, pandemic response, priority areas, and more. Read on...
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    Harnessing the Tides of Change: How Turbulent Times Provided Valuable Professional Experiences

    Learn how the City of Durham's Budget & Management Services' Budget & CIP division adapted its 2020 summer MPA internship and provided valuable professional work experience and learning opportunities to an MPA student during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read On...
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    City Council Adopts FY21 Budget

    Earlier this evening, the Durham City Council approved the FY2020-2021 budget that contained no property tax rate increase and creates a special COVID-19 response and recovery fund. The City’s property tax rate will remain at 53.17 cents... Read On...
  6. City Manager Proposed Budget Presentation

    Durham's Proposed FY21 Budget Reflects Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

    Citing financial uncertainties and declining revenue caused by COVID-19, City Manager Tom Bonfield presented a proposed FY21 budget and announced the creation of a COVID-19 response and recovery fund at virtual City Council meeting... Read On...
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    Durham Delays Tax Increase, Faces Nearly $12M Budget Shortfall Due to Covid-19

    In March, Durham city leaders were moving forward with a nearly balanced budget. But all those plans are on hold as the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically reshapes the budget landscape for Durham and cities across the state scrambling to adjust FY21 budgets. Read On...
  8. residents cast their votes for PB Durham projects

    Business Insider Recognizes PB Durham's Role in Accelerating Urban Leadership Lab

    eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. is excited to announce that its youth STEM and entrepreneurship platform, the Urban Leadership Lab, was voted to receive a Participatory Budgeting grant to fund the launch of its technology and business education programs... Read On...
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    Bloomberg Cities Highlights Department's Use of Time-Tested Research Techniques

    In order to solve touch city problems like homelessness or blight, you need to know what's causing them. That sounds obvious. Yet all too often, cities launch programs based more on hunches and assumptions than research and evidence... Read On...
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    PB Durham Highlighted in Public Management Magazine (p. 37)

    Participation in local government processes and decision-making within the City of Durham, North Carolina - like many other municipalities - has traditionally been from a small group of residents that are already engaged with the city, and are typically.. Read On...
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