Council is required to have an approved budget on or before the July Council meeting for the fiscal year that begins on October 1st of each year. The Annual Budget is a balanced budget that reports revenues and expenditures, the holiday schedule for the fiscal year, and narratives summarizing expenditure and revenue categories. 

Additional contracts and revenue are frequently secured after Council adopts its annual budget, which necessitates a budget amendment. The amended budget is typically taken to Council in April or May.

Council has a robust work program that focuses on the areas of economic development, transportation, emergency preparedness, community planning and visioning, continuing education, and regional convening as requested by local governments and approved by Council. Each year staff provides an annual work program summary to Council members outlining major tasks and ongoing efforts for the year.