Mayor Hales finished reviewing budget requests from all City bureaus and released his Proposed Budget on Thursday, May 1, 2014. There is some good news for BDS, although not all of the requests we submitted are included in the Mayor’s budget.
These are the budget requests BDS made, along with the Mayor’s decisions in his Proposed Budget:
- Convert one-time General Fund support for a Housing Inspector position in Neighborhood Inspections’ Enhanced Rental Inspections Program. This position is included in Mayor Hales’ budget, but without General Fund support. BDS will provide one-time funding for the position from internal resources.
- Convert one-time General Fund support for another Housing Inspector position in Neighborhood Inspections. This position is included in Mayor Hales’ budget, but without General Fund support. BDS will provide one-time funding for the position from internal resources.
The Mayor’s Proposed Budget also includes the following items that were not part of BDS’s Requested Budget:
- A transfer of $198,513 from the City’s Special Appropriations for a 1.0 Associate Planner position to support implementation of the City’s Tree Code. The resources will be split between BDS and the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, and include $14,600 in ongoing General Fund support and $183,913 in one-time General Fund support. A budget note will be included to establish a workload trigger for adding additional staffing for the tree project if necessary.
- Recognition of the March 2014 BDS Ordinance that approved 18 positions supported by fee revenues. The increased position count will be reflected in BDS’s Approved Budget.
- Approval of an interagency agreement between BDS and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to fund the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP) for a second year.
Remaining events in the budget process include:
- Thursday, May 15th – City Council holds public hearing on budget – Time: 6:30 - 8:30 pm at City Hall, Council Chambers, 1221 SW 4th Ave.
- June 19th – City Council adopts the final budget
- July 1st – FY 2014-15 budget goes into effect
You can find budget information and links to the bureau’s budget and financial plan documents on the City Budget Office website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/.
If you have questions about the BDS budget, please contact BDS Administrative Services Manager Deborah Sievert Morris at (503) 823-7338 or email@example.com.