Financial Structure, Policy and Process


Budget Adoption

The annual budget serves as the foundation for the County’s financial planning and control. Chapter 159 of the North Carolina General Statutes prescribes a uniform system of budget adoption, administration and fiscal control.

Not later than July 1, the Board of Commissioners is required to adopt a budget ordinance making appropriations and levying taxes for the budget year in such sums as the Board may consider sufficient and proper, whether greater or less than the sums recommended in the adopted budget. The budget ordinance authorizes all financial transactions of the County except:

  • Those authorized by a project ordinance;
  • Those accounted for in an intra-governmental service fund for which a financial plan is prepared and approved; and
  • Those accounted for in a trust or agency fund established to account for moneys held by the local government or public authority as an agent or common-law trustee or to account for a retirement, pension, or similar employee benefit system. Therefore, budgets are adopted for the General Fund, Community Investment Fund, Landfill Fund, Arena and Events Center Fund, 911 Emergency Telephone Fund, Social Services Fund, Intergovernmental Fund, Workers Compensation & Property Liability Fund and Self Insurance Health & Dental Fund. Those funds listed above that are not budgeted annually are included in the audited financial statements of the County.