The County operates under an balanced budget each fiscal year, from July 1 through June 30, per North Carolina statute. The County's Operating Budget estimates the total value of resources required to perform county operations. The Operating Budget also sets tax rates and fee schedules for the fiscal year.
In May, the County Manager presents a recommended budget to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC conducts public hearings and work sessions, and may amend the Recommended Budget, before approving a final budget in June.