Budget Development Process

FY 2020-21 Budget Process Latest Update

June 15, 2020 City Council Meeting

City Council voted to adopt the FY 2020-21 Budget and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) on June 15, 2020. The meeting agenda and materials can be found here.

The proposed FY20-21 City of Durham Budget can be found here. The final budget book for the FY21 Adopted Budget will be posted in the coming weeks. 

Previous FY 2020-21 Budget Meetings

June 1, 2020 Public Hearing FY20-21 Budget

In order to obtain written and oral comments on the proposed FY 2020-21 City of Durham Budget, a public hearing was held virtually on June 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. All interested residents and organizations were encouraged to view the meeting online. Public Comments were accepted from Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 5 p.m. until 72 hours after the Public Hearing. All submitted comments were provided to the City Council for their review prior to the virtual meeting. Public comments are limited to 500 words.

Individuals wishing to make remarks completed a Public Comment Form at https://durhamnc.gov/3012/Public-Hearings-and-Notices or contacted the City Clerk’s office at 919-560-4166, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Council Budget Work Sessions

The Durham City Council held two budget work sessions to hear presentations from various departments. Materials from the meetings can be found below.

May 27th, 10 AM - 1 PM

  1. Revenues
  2. Pay and Benefits
  3. General Services
  4. Parks and Recreation
  5. Transportation

May 28th, 10 AM - 1 PM

  1. Planning
  2. Public Works
  3. Community Development
  4. Office of Economic and Workforce Development
  5. Engagement

The full version of the Manager’s Proposed budget can be viewed here.

May 18, 2020 Manager’s Proposed Budget

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield presented a proposed FY20-21 budget on May 18. You can access a PDF of his presentation and the proposed budget below: 

City of Durham FY21 Proposed Budget (Brief)

Durham City Manager Proposed Budget Presentation

The City Manager will present the FY21 Manager’s Proposed Budget on Monday, May 18th at 7:00PM during the City Council Meeting. You can watch his presentation live here.

April 24, 2020 Special City Council Meeting 

The City Council held a Virtual Special City Council Meeting on the FY21 budget on Friday, April 24th. 

The meeting can be viewed below and the News & Observer highlights discussion points and key takeaways from the meeting in this article.

April 6th, 2020 City Council Meeting

At the April 6th City Council Meeting, Budget Director Bertha Johnson provided an update on the FY21 budget process to City Council. Highlights include BMS continuing to conduct budget meetings with departments, analyzing the impact of COVID-19 on future revenues, and working on the FY20 Quarter 3 report. This update can be viewed in the below video starting around the 2:25:00 mark. 


March 16th, 2020 Public Budget Hearing and Budget Academy

Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of promoting public health, the City canceled the Budget Academy event which was scheduled for March 16th at 5:00PM. During this current period where we are unable to hold public in-person events, Budget & Management services will continue to provide information to Durham residents through our website. 

City Council Budget Retreats

In February, Budget & Management Services hosted two City Council budget retreats. Agendas and presentations from these meetings can be viewed below:

Retreat 1: Friday, February 14th, 2020

Retreat 2: Friday, February 28th, 2020

  1. FY 2019-2020 Budget Process
  2. FY 2018-2019 Budget Process
  3. FY 2017-2018 Budget Process
  4. FY 2016-2017 Budget Process
  5. FY 2015-2016 Budget Process
  6. FY 2014-2015 Budget Process
  7. FY 2013-2014 Budget Process
  8. FY 2012-2013 Budget Process