The annual budget is the foundation for the Town of Kiawah Island’s financial planning and control. All departments and affiliates (e.g., Arts and Cultural Events Council) of the Town are asked to submit budget requests to the Town Administrator. The Finance Director then prepares a first draft and presents it for review to the Town’s Ways and Means Committee, comprised of the Mayor and the four Council Members. Any necessary revisions are made, and a final draft is submitted to the Town Council at its May meeting. A second reading is scheduled to meet the June 30 adoption deadline. A public hearing is held to receive citizen input prior to final adoption. The budget is prepared with various funds.

The Town of Kiawah Island’s fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th. Town Council adopts a budget each year to allocate funds for the many programs, services, and projects provided for residents and visitors.