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Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Workshop Meetings and Related Materials 




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Feb. 26
*3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Budget Workshop
March 19
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Budget Workshop
March 19 Budget Workshop e-agenda
April 9
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
​​Budget Workshop 
May 5
7:00 p.m.
Recommended Budget Presentation
May 12
7:00 p.m.
Public Hearing on the Recommended Budget
(including Storm Water)
May 14
3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Adjustments to the Recommended Budget
Council makes adjustments to Manager’s recommended budget.  Adjustments receiving  5 or more votes move on to May 28th Council may refer alternative budget proposals to the Budget Committee for recommendation prior to straw votes
May 28
12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Adjustments & Straw Votes on May 14, 2014 Budget Adjustments​ Changes receiving 6 or more votes are included in the budget ordinance for final vote on June 9th
June 9
7:00 p.m.
Budget Adoption

City of Charlotte's Budget Process

Budget Workshops (March and April) – The budget retreats provide for detailed discussions of the budget issues and decisions that characterize the development of the budget.  Topics are selected from suggestions made by the Council and staff.  There are no votes taken – informal feedback is incorporated into development of the budget. 
City Manager’s Recommended Budget Presentation (early May) – The budget presentation provides Council with a detailed overview of the Manager’s recommended budget. This provides a forum for the Manager to communicate critical points and significant changes to the budget.
Public Hearing on Recommended Budget (mid-May) – This session, as required by State law (Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act), provides an opportunity for citizens to comment on the recommended budget. 
Budget Adjustments (mid-May) – The meeting on budget adjustments provides the opportunity for Council to request information on possible changes to the Manager’s Recommended Budget.  By Council procedure, suggested changes to the recommended budget that receive five or more votes from Council members are refined and analyzed by staff for consideration at the Straw Votes meeting.
Straw Votes (late May) – By Council procedure, Council members are provided the opportunity to vote on each of the items that received five or more votes from the budget adjustments session. At this point, each of these items receiving six or more straw votes from Council members will be incorporated into the budget adoption ordinance.
Budget Adoption (mid-June) – By State law, the City is required to have a balanced budget adopted no later than June 30th (fiscal year-end).  Adoption is by majority vote with a quorum of those present and voting.