The Budget Office is responsible for preparing the town's budget, under the oversight of the town manager and in collaboration with the various departments and divisions.

Town Budget

The budget is a blueprint for building a sound financial framework for town operations. It ensures the town's resources are allocated toward the priorities identified by the Board of Commissioners. Specifically, the budget is a financial plan consisting of an estimate of proposed expenditures, the proposed means of financing and the goals and objectives of expenditures for the fiscal year (July 1-June 30).

The fiscal year 2014-15 budget was the 14th to receive the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association, the highest national award in governmental budgeting.

Balanced Scorecard

Hillsborough uses the balanced scorecard, a system of measures that helps the town implement its objectives. Each department has a scorecard with specific initiatives, targeted outcomes for the intiatives and ways to measure performance. The system is more fully explained in an article written by William C. Rivenbark, a UNC School of Government faculty member, and Eric J. Peterson, Hillsborough's town manager.

Hillsborough's Fiscal Year 2012 Balanced Scorecard Report earned a Gold Certificate of Achievement in Performance Reporting from the Association of Government Accountants. This marks the fourth year Hillsborough has received a Service Efforts and Accomplishments award from the association.

Related Documents

Contact Information

Town Hall Campus
101 E. Orange St., Hillsborough, NC 27278



  • Budget Director Emily Bradford, 919-732-1270, ext. 88