The economy continues to show strong signs of continued growth in the construction industry. As a result, the bureau is in a strong financial position. The focus continues to be on staffing up to meet the increases in workload.
19.5 Fee-Supported Positions Moved to Current FY 2014-15 Budget
You may recall that the Requested Budget included proposals to add 19.5 positions supported by permit fees. In early March, the City Budget Office (CBO) recommended that City Council approve those positions.
With Commissioner Fritz’s support, we decided to add the 19.5 fee-supported positions in the current FY 2014-15 budget, rather than waiting until the FY 2015-16 budget. These positions are part of a spring budget adjustment that was approved by Council on May 6, 2015.
13.5 Additional Fee-Supported Positions Requested
Ongoing analysis of incoming and projected workloads led to the realization that further fee-supported positions will be needed, beyond the 19.5 positions referenced above. We therefore included an additional 13.5 positions in our request, making a total of 33 positions requested for the current fiscal year (FY 2014-15). These additional 13.5 positions were also recommended for approval by the City’s Budget Office and approved by Council on May 6, 2015.
Request for General Fund Support in FY 2015-16 Budget
Our FY 2015-16 Requested Budget included requests for support from the City’s General Fund for 6 positions in the Neighborhood Inspections and Land Use Services programs, plus $100,000 for nuisance abatements. However, while the City Budget Office (CBO) agreed with the rationale for the 6 additional positions, they recommended that the City Council not appropriate General Fund monies to pay for them.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz, the BDS Labor Management Committee (LMC), our Budget Advisory Committee (BAC), and the Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC) are all supportive of the need and appropriateness of General Fund support for these programs. Representatives from our BAC, the LMC, and the DRAC attended our budget presentation to City Council on March 30th to express their support for the General Fund requests. The Mayor’s Proposed Budget decisions were released on May 5, 2015, and can be found at the City Budget Office website for FY 2015-16 under Mayor’s Proposed Budget.
Upcoming steps in the budget process include:
- March–May – Public budget forums (see http://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/article/483507)
- May 5 – Mayor Hales’ FY 2015-16 Proposed Budget decisions released
- May 7 – Community Budget Forum, George Middle School (10000 N Burr Ave.), 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- May 20 – City Council Public Budget Hearing, City Hall, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- June 18 – City Council vote on FY 2015-16 Adopted Budget
- July 1 – FY 2015-16 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.