The Finance Department prepares an annual draft document for the Board of Supervisors in accordance with sections 15.2-2503 through 2507 in the Code of Virginia 1950, as amended. The process usually begins in December, when requests are sent to County departments and community organizations.

The Department works closely with the County Administrator in providing the most equitable funding to all departments and organizations. The working document is usually presented to the Board in March and work sessions are scheduled in March. The County is required to adopt a budget by June 30. This allows the schools to complete their teacher contracts with their actual funding amounts.