Budget Development

Fiscal Year 2019 to 2020 Budget Documents

About the Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021 Budget Process

Budget preparation is a year-long process of gathering information, analyzing data, and working with departments to understand upcoming needs. Development of the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year budget has begun with work sessions with the Board of Supervisors occurring in September 2019 and will continue through April 2020. The capital portion of the budget will be proposed on January 28, 2020 and the operating portion will be proposed on March 10, 2020. By state law, localities like Roanoke County must approve a balanced budget by June 30.

A locality's budget is a document that projects a county's revenues and expenses for the upcoming year to ensure that the local government can cover costs. The process Roanoke County undertakes to develop a balanced budget for the upcoming year is dependent on many factors that include - but are not limited to - county expenditures (expenses ie: fuel, building maintenance, employee salaries, etc), local tax revenue collection, citizens' expectations for continued service levels, funding for Roanoke County Public Schools, and funding from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Throughout Roanoke County's budget process, the Board of Supervisors and staff will hold several public work sessions as well as public hearings to gather citizen input before the budget's final adoption. In addition, citizens can send ideas to Roanoke County Management and Budget staff at any time by using our online Budget Comments and Suggestions Form.

Additional Information

For questions about the budget process, please email Management and Budget staff or call 540-772-2073. Please send us your comments and suggestions!

Important Dates & Presentations from the Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021 Budget Development Process

DatesTopic
September 10, 2019Consent agenda of the Board of Supervisors to approve Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021 Budget Development Calendar (PDF)
Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss Capital Projects Status Update (PDF)
September 24, 2019Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss Fiscal Year 2018 to 2019 Preliminary and Unaudited Year-End Overview (PDF)
October 8, 2019
Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss Facilities Assessment Review
November 6, 2019Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss County Financial Policies Review
December 3, 2019Briefing to the Board of Supervisors to discuss Fiscal Year 2020 Reassessment and Regional Economic Conditions
Briefing to the Board of Supervisors to review Fiscal Year 2018 to 2019 Audit Results
Work session with the Board of Supervisors and Roanoke County Public Schools
January 14, 2020Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss County Financial Policies (if necessary)
January 28, 2020Briefing to the Board of Supervisors to propose the County Administrator's Fiscal Year 2021 - Fiscal Year 2030 CIP
Work session with the Board of Supervisors to review Fiscal Year 2020 Mid-Year Revenue and Expenditure Updates
February 11, 2020Work session with Board of Supervisors to discuss Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021 Revenue Outlook; County Fees and Charges Compendium 
February 25, 2020Work session with the Board of Supervisors to discuss the Fiscal Year 2021 to 2030 Capital Improvement Program
March 10, 2020Briefing to the Board of Supervisors to propose the County Administrator's Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021 Operating Budget
March 24, 2020Public Hearing on Effective Tax Rate if necessary and on adopting Maximum Tax Rates
Work session with Board of Supervisors to discuss Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021 Total Compensation; Revenue Update

April 14, 2020Public Hearing to Adopt Tax Rates and on Operating and Capital Budgets
Work session with Board of Supervisors to review Fiscal Year 2020 to 2021 Departmental Budgets; Other General Fund Budgets

April 28, 2020Public Hearing on Operating and Capital Budgets
1st reading of Ordinances to Adopt and Appropriate Funds Fiscal Year 2021 Operating and Capital Budget

May 12, 20202nd Reading of Ordinance to Adopt and Appropriate Funds Fiscal Year 2021 Operating and Capital Budget

Dates in italics are tentatively scheduled and are subject to change.

For More Information

For more information about the budget process, please email Management and Budget staff or call 540-772-2073. To view previously adopted budgets, please see our Annual Fiscal Plan page.