BDS staff has been meeting frequently with stakeholder groups as we work to formulate our budget request and updated 5-Year Financial Plan for Fiscal Year 2014-15 (July 2014 – June 2015). In the last couple months we have met with the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC), the BDS Budget Advisory Committee (BAC), and our Financial Advisory Committee. These groups have provided valuable input on our strategic directions, budget priorities, and long-term financial planning. We have also received significant input from BDS employees through budget drop-in sessions held in December and January.
Though the Requested Budget is not yet finalized, it will likely include requests for up to 20 additional positions in the next fiscal year. The bulk of these positions will be supported with permit fee revenues, and are being added strategically to respond to increased workloads and help us meet our service level goals. As always, our financial projections indicate that there will be sufficient revenues to support these positions for the next 5 years.
We will also request additional ongoing support from the City’s General Fund for positions in our Neighborhood Inspections Program. Some of these positions are new, while others are currently funded through one-time monies.
Thankfully, due to continued strong revenues, we do not foresee any fee increases in 2014, other than for the Environmental Soils Program, which continues to recover from historic underfunding.
- Feb. 3 – BDS FY 2014-15 Requested Budget due
- March–May – Public budget forums (for dates see http://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/article/437463)
- April 1-4 – City Council budget work sessions
- May 13 – Mayor’s Proposed Budget released
- June 19 – City Council vote on Adopted Budget
- July 1 – FY 2014-15 Budget goes into effect