Budget

The annual operating budget gives Apex town officials the authority to collect revenue and make expenditures, depending on the priorities of the council, community, and staff. 

Public Hearing - May 24th

A public hearing will be held during the May 24th Town Council meeting to receive feedback on the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (FY22-23). View the full budget document.  

Proposed Budget Highlights

  • Total budget (all funds): $175,799,000
    • General Fund: $90,009,300
    • Electric Fund: $47,666,000
    • Water & Sewer Fund: $26,664,100
    • Non-major & Capital Fund: $11,459,600
  • Property tax rate: $.399 per $100 valuation, an increase of $.009 from last year
  • Garbage, recycling, and yard waste services fees increase by $0.24/month
  • Electric rate: Base rate increase from $15.05 to $25.00, kWh charge decrease of 8.5%
  • Water rates: Water base rate increase of $0.46, volumetric rate increase of 1.5%  
  • Sewer rate: Sewer base rate increase of $0.71, volumetric increase of 4%  

In preparing the FY22-23 budget, town staff followed guidance from Town Council’s strategic goals to develop a proactive budget that will balance improving current town programs and services with development of new programs and projects.

High Performing Government

Deliver exceptional service, valuing an engaged workforce with an emphasis on efficiency, collaboration, innovation, and inclusion.

Budget Items Related to this Goal:

  • Addition of 50 new positions across all departments
  • Implementation of pay scale & classification plan and other compensation
  • Finalize Strategic Plan and begin departmental business plans
  • Develop diversity inclusion belonging program 

Economic Vitality

Improve and sustain an environment that invites and retains a diversity of residents, employment opportunities, and businesses.

Budget Items Related to this Goal:

  • Implement the Downtown Master Plan
  • Salem Street Downtown Projects
  • Downtown Coworking Station
  • Downtown Façade Grant Program
  • Downtown Development Promotion and Marketing
  • Economic Development Incentives

Welcoming Community

Create a safe and welcoming environment fostering community connections and high-quality recreational and cultural experiences supporting a sense of belonging.

Budget Items Related to this Goal:

  • Complete Greenway Connections 
    • Ragan Road sidepath feasibility study
    • Annual greenway allocation
    • Beaver Creek Greenway improvements
  • Encourage a healthy and active lifestyle
    • Hunter Street bike track
  • Ensure safe places and spaces
    • Firing range for Police qualifications and training
    • Vision Zero initiative
  • Institute Mayor internship / engagement program

Responsible Development

Encourage equitable and sustainable development that provides accessibility and connectivity throughout the community.

Budget Items Related to this Goal:

  • Support diverse housing options (allocation to affordable housing fund)
  • Provide and promote mobility
    • Downtown Redevelopment Plan 
    • Implement Phase 1 of wayfinding plan & install signage
    • Transit program
    • NCDOT S-Line Raise grant
    • Downtown interim bus stop (GoTriangle) enhancements
  • Focus on infrastructure improvements
    • Complete pavement condition survey to prioritize roadwork
    • Evans Street sidewalk repair
    • Annual misc. sidewalk improvements

Environmental Leadership 

Commit to sustaining natural resources and environmental well-being.

Budget Items Related to this Goal:

  • Be a leader in renewable energy & conservation 
    • Electric & hybrid fleet replacements & additions
    • Complete Sustainability Action Plan with implementation timeline
    • Complete climate vulnerability assessment
    • Implement green initiatives in Town facilities
    • Urban forestry internship program
  • Plant the Peak program

Current Operating Budget

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The fiscal year 2021-22 budget (PDF) appropriates funds to be used from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

  • Total budget (all funds): $162,074,500
    • General Fund: 79,091,900
    • Electric: 45,774,200
    • Water & Sewer: 23,772,000
    • Non-major & Capital Fund: 13,484,400
  • Property tax rate: $.39, an increase of $.01 from last year
  • Garbage, recycling, and yard waste services fees increase by $0.82 / month
  • Electric rate: unchanged from last year
  • Water rates: unchanged from last year
  • Sewer rate: 1.5% increase from last year

Major Projects / Expenditures


Transportation


Annual Pavement Management – Street Resurfacing ($1,871,000)

The Town is responsible for maintaining over 220 miles of municipal streets with the annual resurfacing contract providing for most of the pavement maintenance needs. Street mileage is growing annually with ongoing development. This annual program addresses deficiencies in pavement condition throughout Apex to prevent issues such as potholes, alligator cracking, and rutting in order to provide a safe and reliable transportation system. The Powell Bill program provides an annual funding allocation from the state based on public centerline miles of road accepted and maintained by the Town. Current and future resurfacing costs continue to exceed Powell Bill allocations. The proposed bond referendum includes $5.0 million to address a backlog of pavement management projects.

 Apex Peakway Southwest Connector ($25,500,000)

This project completes a gap in the Apex Peakway by spanning South Salem Street and the CSX S-Line with a four-lane bridge to connect the existing sections of the Peakway. The existing intersection at South Salem Street will be relocated to a new a four-lane loop road connector. Sidewalk will connect along the Peakway on both sides of the bridge, both sides of the new loop road, and along the north side of South Salem Street. Town Council has identified this project as one of its highest priorities but the costs and lack of outside funding have made beginning construction difficult. Funds from a 2015 bond referendum along with some Locally Administered Projects Program (LAPP) funding cover approximately $10.50 million of project costs. The proposed bond referendum would provide the remaining $15.0 million needed to fund the project.

Downtown Parking Expansion ($1,200,000)

The Downtown Master Plan identifies goals to add 100 and 200 parking spaces within a three- or five- minute walk of downtown, respectively. To meet those goals and ensure adequate parking downtown, the Town is planning to add to and improve existing parking lots. Completing this project is critical to the Town moving forward with other downtown projects, including the Salem Street Streetscape and Resurfacing project.

Downtown Alley Improvements ($500,000)

The Downtown Plan envisions creating vibrant places for people to gather by transforming the alley spaces along Commerce Street and Seaboard Street. Improving these spaces was identified as a "Top 10" priority in the plan. Truly engaging and activated spaces will require public and private investment. The Town is planning to consolidate dumpster enclosures, improve pedestrian facilities, enhance landscaping, and add decorative pavement treatments for public right-of-way.

Public Safety Station 6 ($6,500,000)

Public Safety Station 6 will provide fire and emergency services to the White Oak Basin and Green Level areas of Apex. Development trends indicate construction of 2,100 new homes will occur in this area within the next few years. Response times from Fire Station 3 do not meet our standards due to the physical distance from the station to the area. This station will feature a new design to meet the needs of both fire and police departments. Station 6 will house a new engine and 12-14 fire personnel.

Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources


Annual Greenway Allocation ($300,000)

This is a new, ongoing program to allow for the study, prioritization, and design of proposed greenway connections. This program is a direct response to increasing greenway request from residents and Town Council.

Electric


Smart Grid Meters & Load Control ($2,000,000)

This project provides an end-to-end solution for wireless smart grid and advanced metering. It will provide the ability to manage and monitor our electrical service customers by utilizing high speed, standards-based communications to access real-time data. In addition to advanced metering, this project will also provide updated load control devices, thermostats, and street light control hardware. The software provides meter data, network, load control, streetlight, and outage and customer portal management all in one easy to use platform.

System Fault Indicators ($130,000)

This project utilizes technology to help improve the town’s response to outages by allowing first responders to quickly identify location of faults on our distribution system. Utilizing cellular technology coupled with electronic fault indicators, the town’s response is increased by correctly locating the point of the disturbance prior to the service technician being dispatched. Coupled with our SCADA system, we will be able to reduce the customer’s outage time significantly. This project address two of our major strategic areas of focus; Customer Satisfaction and Integration of Technology.

Water & Sewer


Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) ($900,000)

This project continues to deploy AMI interfaces for all water meters. Upgrading to AMI technology will allow staff to take meter readings from a fixed location and have the readings enter directly into billing software. Phases 2 -5 include funds to transition to AMI and continue replacement of meters older than 10 years old. Tied with our proposed electric meter replacement, this project will allow us to deploy an advanced outage management system to greatly improve service to our customers. Originally, this project was envisioned as a phased approach to convert the town's existing AMR (Drive-by meter reading) system to an AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) system. The first phase was to upgrade the existing meter interface units (MIUs) and some older meters. With this approach, the town would remain with its current AMR vendor through the transition to AMI. However, over the last year it has proven more prudent to take a more holistic approach to transitioning to AMI. In addition to considering other AMI vendors, the Water Resources and Electric Utilities departments have determined it is both feasible and in the towns best interest to pursue a combined AMI system (to read both electric and water meters). Thus, we have halted active upgrades to the AMR system and have begun working with the Electric Utilities Department to evaluate and select an AMI vendor. We expect to complete the selection process and begin systemwide implementation in the spring/summer of 2020. The operational, customer service, and financial benefits of AMI have proven well worth the cost for many utilities who have already implemented the technology. Not funding this request would simply prevent the town from realizing these benefits.

Cash-Perkins Outfall ($2,325,000)

This project includes construction of a gravity sewer main extending through the Cash-Perkins property, connecting to the future Upper Middle Creek Gravity Interceptor and regional pump station to construct for Horton Park. This gravity sewer will allow both the Cash-Perkins and Pinnacle Park Pump Stations to be taken off line, resulting in a reduction of approximately $50,000 in annual maintenance costs. This project is in compliance with the adopted Master Sewer Plan.

Elevated Water Storage Tank – 1.5 MG ($3,443,000)

This project include construction of a 1.5 million gallon elevated storage tank to ensure we meet the State's minimum requirement for elevated storage.

Western Transmission Main – Phase III ($2,050,000)

Phase III of the Western Transmission Main Project will be the final phase of this project. The project includes the following sections: 900 feet of 20-inch waterline on Salem Street from Apex BBQ Road to the Peakway, and 3,000 feet of 20-inch waterline on Old US 1 from West Village to Holland Road. The primary purpose of Phase III work is to provide adequate water flow at a manageable pressure to the entire water system as western portions of Apex, south of Olive Chapel Road, develop and demand grows. This work will also ensure that adequate flow and proper velocities are maintained in the other areas of Apex as growing demand to the west pulls water in that direction.

For more information, view the Town of Apex Capital Improvement Projects document which shows a yearly outline of current capital improvement projects.


Budget Process

You might consider the annual operating budget to be the town’s most important work product. It gives Apex town officials the authority to collect revenue and make expenditures, depending on the priorities of the council, staff, and community.

By June 30 each year, the council is required by state law to approve the budget for the coming fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Staff begins estimating revenues and expenses for the coming year, and seeks public input beginning in January. Generally by May, the Manager has a draft budget complete for Council’s review and public comment.

Revenues

Typically, the General Fund includes services that cannot be operated as a business enterprise and rely on tax dollars as their primary source of revenue. Most of the town’s General Fund revenues come from ad valorem (property) tax, and State-collected revenue (such as the state sales tax), permits & fees, restricted & unrestricted intergovernmental revenues, fund balance allocation and miscellaneous revenues.

The Town of Apex operates two major funds as enterprises - the Electric Fund and the Water and Sewer Fund. Enterprise funds operate similar to a business and are self-sustaining with user rates and fees that generate all revenues to cover expenditures.

Expenditures

All expenditures related to day-to-day operations of the town come from the General Fund. Capital projects, such as the construction of roads, parks, and other public facilities, are also budgeted with General Fund dollars. Any expenses related to the maintenance and operation of water, sewer, and electric services come not from the General Fund, but instead from their respective Utility Funds. The Town’s 21 General Fund departments and divisions can be grouped into the following six primary function areas:

  • Public Safety: 33%
  • General Government: $13%
  • Economic & Physical Development: 15%
  • Transportation: 11%
  • Debt Service: 10%
  • Cultural & Recreation: 10%
  • Environmental Protection: 8%

Fund Balance

The town’s fund balance is much like a savings account, as compared to a household budget. If the town brings in more revenues than expected or spends less than the budgeted expenditures, then at the end of a budget year these differences, or extra funds, become part of this savings account that constitutes the fund balance.

The North Carolina Local Government Commission requires all North Carolina municipalities to maintain at least 8% of 1 year’s general fund operating expenses in their Fund Balance. The town’s policy is to maintain that ratio at 25% as a minimum. From time to time, the Town will use money from fund balance to cover one-time expenses such as specific capital items. The Town evaluates any decision to use fund balance carefully and often plans the use in advance to ensure adherence to the Town’s fund balance policy. 

The FY21-22 Recommended Budget includes a fund balance allocation of $1,549,000. This amount includes $649,000 for a fire engine replacement, $400,000 for Tunstall House Restoration, and $500,000 for the Downtown Alley Improvement project.

Ratings

It is important to maintain a healthy fund balance. Bond Rating Agencies analyze a municipality’s practice of fund balance usage and adherence to their fund balance policy. These agencies have been quite pleased with Apex’s fund balance maintenance:

  • Standard and Poor’s rates Apex as AAA (the highest possible rating)
  • Moody’s rating is Aaa (the highest possible rating)

These ratings allow the town to borrow money at the most favorable interest rates.

Prior Year Budget Documents



Budget Process

You might consider the annual operating budget to be the town’s most important work product. It gives Apex town officials the authority to collect revenue and make expenditures, depending on the priorities of the council, staff, and community.

By June 30 each year, the council is required by state law to approve the budget for the coming fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). Staff begins estimating revenues and expenses for the coming year, and seeks public input beginning in January. Generally by May, the Manager has a draft budget complete for Council’s review and public comment.

Revenues

Typically, the General Fund includes services that cannot be operated as a business enterprise and rely on tax dollars as their primary source of revenue. Most of the town’s General Fund revenues come from ad valorem (property) tax, and State-collected revenue (such as the state sales tax), permits & fees, restricted & unrestricted intergovernmental revenues, fund balance allocation and miscellaneous revenues.

The Town of Apex operates two major funds as enterprises - the Electric Fund and the Water and Sewer Fund. Enterprise funds operate similar to a business and are self-sustaining with user rates and fees that generate all revenues to cover expenditures.

Expenditures

All expenditures related to day-to-day operations of the town come from the General Fund. Capital projects, such as the construction of roads, parks, and other public facilities, are also budgeted with General Fund dollars. Any expenses related to the maintenance and operation of water, sewer, and electric services come not from the General Fund, but instead from their respective Utility Funds:

  • Public Safety: 35%
  • General Government: $13%
  • Economic & Physical Development: 13%
  • Transportation: 13%
  • Debt Service: 10%
  • Cultural & Recreation: 9%
  • Environmental Protection: 7%

Fund Balance

The town’s fund balance is much like a savings account, as compared to a household budget. If the town brings in more revenues than expected or spends less than the budgeted expenditures, then at the end of a budget year these differences, or extra funds, become part of this savings account that constitutes the fund balance.

The North Carolina Local Government Commission requires all North Carolina municipalities to maintain at least 8% of 1 year’s general fund operating expenses in their Fund Balance. The town’s policy is to maintain that ratio at 25% as a minimum. From time to time, the Town will use money from fund balance to cover one-time expenses such as specific capital items. The Town evaluates any decision to use fund balance carefully and often plans the use in advance to ensure adherence to the Town’s fund balance policy. 

The FY20-21 Recommended Budget includes a fund balance allocation of $2,370,000. This amount includes $750,000 for property at the Cash Corporate economic development site, $570,000 for wetland mitigation for the Richardson Road extension, $500,000 for improvements to the Beaver Creek Commons-Zeno Road intersection, $300,000 for the Salem Street streetscape design, and $250,000 for the Downtown Alley Improvement project.

Ratings

It is important to maintain a healthy fund balance. Bond Rating Agencies analyze a municipality’s practice of fund balance usage and adherence to their fund balance policy. These agencies have been quite pleased with Apex’s fund balance maintenance:

  • Standard and Poor’s rates Apex as AAA (the highest possible rating)
  • Moody’s rating is Aaa (the highest possible rating)

These ratings allow the town to borrow money at the most favorable interest rates.

Prior Year Budget Documents