According to North Carolina General Statutes, one of the primary annual duties of the Town Manager is to recommend an annual balanced budget to the Town Board of Commissioners. The annual budget is a funding plan that outlines where revenues will come from and how tax dollars will be spent. We are required to adopt a new budget every year that details sources of revenues and spending authority. The Town Manager has limited access to change board adopted budget ordinances without board notification, and the manager cannot increase funding without board approval.
The budget process generally begins in January and concludes around June. By state statute, the budget must be adopted by June 30. Prior to board adoption, numerous budget workshops are held as well as a public hearing so that board members may assess public sentiment regarding the annual spending plan.