The budgeting process in Watauga begins each January/February with a City Council Strategic Goal workshop in order to align the City's strategic initiatives with City Council and citizen prioriities.
The City Charter mandates that a proposed budget be filed by the City Manager to the City Council and City Secretary's Office no later than August 1st for the new fiscal year beginning October 1. The process leading to the budget adoption is participatory and includes a communications plan that encourages input from citizens, boards, City departments, and the City Council.
The budget presents revenues and expenditures from each of the City's funds. From there, it is discussed during City Council Work Sessions. This year's work sessions were August 5th and August 7th. Public Hearings on the tax rate were held on August 19th and August 26th and the Public Hearing on the budget was held September 9th.