Budget Development Process

FY 2021-22 Budget Process Latest Update

Budget Adoption

The City Council will vote on whether to adopt the FY22 Budget on Monday, June 21 at 7:00PM. You can view the final budget book here. 


Local budgets impact the lives of each and every Durham resident. Yet, too often people feel disconnected from the funding decisions made by elected officials. This year the City and County of Durham are partnering with North Carolina Central University to help build stronger relationships between residents and community leaders.

This event provided an opportunity for the residents of Durham to discuss outstanding needs in our communities, share common goals, and generate ideas for how to spend the more than $50 million that is coming to Durham as a result of the American Rescue Plan Act that was passed by the US Congress earlier this year. These funds may be used to:

Support public health expenditures
Address negative economic impacts caused by the public health emergency
Aid the communities and populations hardest hit by the crisis
Provide premium pay for essential workers
Invest in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure

Participants had the opportunity to hear from community leaders, discuss current funding opportunities, and contribute their own ideas for how budgeting can support community healing. Thanks to all who participated and helped center the voices of Durham residents most impacted by COVID-19’s health, housing, educational, and economic impacts. 

City Manager FY22 Proposed Budget Presentation 

The City Manager presented the FY22 Proposed Budget to City Council on Monday, May 17th at 7:00PM. You can can view her presentation below and the FY22 Proposed Budget book here.

department budget presentations to the city manager 

Departments presented their proposed budgets, including reductions and new funding requests, to the City Manager in April. 

Fy22 Budget Guidelines

The City Council adopted guidelines for the FY22 budget at their April 5, 2021 meeting. 

FY22 Council Budget retreats

All budget retreats are broadcasted live and recorded, and can be viewed on the City's YouTube Channel. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Week 2:

February 25, 2021 Budget Retreat Agenda
-Employee Compensation
-City Infrastructure

February 26, 2021 Budget Retreat Agenda 
-911 Calls for Service Project Presentation

Week 1:

February 11, 2021 Budget Retreat Agenda
-Resident Survey
-Citywide Strategic Plan: Overall Update
-Citywide Strategic Plan: Goal Updates

February 12, 2021 Budget Retreat Agenda
-Budget Equity Tool/Budget Engagement Update
- Financial Projections/Budget Outlook
-CIP & Debt
-Economic Outlook 

FY22 Budget Kickoff

Budget and Management Services held its Budget Kickoff event with City staff on January 6th, 2020. At this event, BMS communicated expectations for the upcoming budget cycle to City departments. Department budget submissions are due to BMS in February. 

FY 2021-22 budget development schedule

City Council adopted the FY 2021-22 budget development schedule at their December 7, 2020 meeting. 

Fall 2020

The City of Durham's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-21 began on July 1st, 2020. Budget staff are currently working with departments, Council, and the Durham community to develop the FY22 budget which will take effect on July 1st, 2021. 

To learn more about the City's budget process, please view our new videos:

Video 1: What is a Budget?

Video 2: Budget Development Timeline


To view materials from a previous budget development cycle, please select a fiscal year below.

  1. FY 2020-2021 BUDGET PROCESS
  2. FY 2019-2020 Budget Process
  3. FY 2018-2019 Budget Process
  4. FY 2017-2018 Budget Process
  5. FY 2016-2017 Budget Process
  6. FY 2015-2016 Budget Process
  7. FY 2014-2015 Budget Process
  8. FY 2013-2014 Budget Process