Budget Process

Adopted budget (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017)

2016-2017 Adopted Budget Document

The City of Asheville's 2016-17 Annual Operating Budget with a net budget totaling $161,493,816 was adopted by City Council on June 14, 2016. The Adopted Budget is balanced with a property tax rate of 47.5 cents per $100 assessed valuation, which represents no change from the prior year tax rate. The link above will take you to the the Adopted Budget Document.

Get Involved! Come see how the 2016-2017 budget develops:

What Where When
City Council Budget Work Session Presentation Agenda & Materials City Hall
First Floor Conference Room
Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 3 p.m.
City Council Fees and Charges Adopted Materials Presentation City Hall Council Chamber Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 5 p.m.
City Council Budget Work Session Presentation Goal Area Recommendations
City Hall Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 3 p.m.
City Council Budget Presentation of Proposed 2016-2017 Operating Budget City Hall
Council Chamber
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 5 p.m.
City Council Public Hearing on the Proposed 2016-2017 Budget City Hall
Council Chamber
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 5 p.m.
City Council City Council to Vote on Proposed 2016-2017 Budget City Hall
Council Chamber
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Follow up information from May 17, 2016 Public Hearing

Thank you to all of the community members who shared feedback during the public hearing for the Proposed 2016-2017 Budget. Additional information about proposed operational expenses is being provided based on the interests the community shared during the public hearing.

Crime Analyst

The Asheville Police Department is faced with the need to proactively anticipate and predict crime patterns and trends, appropriately and efficiently respond to criminal activity, and to employ the concepts of procedural justice in all interactions. Evidence-based policing, a nationally recognized best practice, offers a practical solution to blending the science of controlling crime and disorder with the principles of community policing and problem solving. It helps communities focus on meaningful, achievable public safety outcomes. It can also help police departments strengthen their legitimacy with the diverse communities they serve through community partnerships and input.

Crime analysis and the focus on scientifically based data are at the heart of successfully employing this practice. The causes of crime are complex, involving the persons committing the crime and the environment in which the crime is committed. A second Crime Analyst is necessary to increase the department's ability to evolve into a more contemporary model of Evidence Based Policing by expanding analytic capability, to include predictive analysis, intelligence based analysis, link analysis etc., all of which will result in greater capacity to prevent crimes and respond appropriately to crimes that have already been committed. In addition to the second analyst, analytic software will be acquired which will improve the departments internal analytic capability as well as provide a public interface for citizen’s to directly access crime information in their neighborhoods.

The proposed budget includes $54,000 for salary, benefits and other associated costs. More details about reporting structure and qualifications will be available once the position is ready to be posted as an employment opportunity. Evidence Based Policing has been widely covered in professional and popular journals.

Diversity and Equity Program

Program development will include a dedicated staff member and an evaluation of the City's efforts to equitably engage with and deliver services to the community. A disparity study will include, but not be limited to, representation on boards and commissions, public input opportunities, as well as contracting and infrastructure investments. The dedicated staff member will also conduct bench-marking research to determine how best to structure an equity program for the City.

The proposed budget includes $320,000 for a disparity study and $112,500 for salary, benefits and program costs. More details about reporting structure and qualifications will be available once the position is ready to be posted as an employment opportunity.

March 22, 2016 - City Council Adopts Fees and Charges

Water Rate Increases 1.5% Single Family, Multi-Family and Small Commercial
3.5% Large Commercial and Manufacturing
Solid Waste Increases Fees increase from $10.50 to $14.00 per month
Stormwater Fee Increase 5% increase across all account types
Motor Vehicle Fee $20 increase (currently $10 - total fee will be $30)

More information regarding changes to Fees and Charges will be communicated through additional channels. For a full list of the adopted changes click here.

Learn more about factors affecting the city's budget:

    Asheville, NC 2013: A Community Crossroads

    Other Documents

    Contact information for Elected Officials