BDS Administrative and Finance staff are in high gear as we prepare our fiscal year (FY) 2016-17 Requested Budget and our updated 5-Year Financial Plan for submission on February 1, 2016. Both documents will provide information on our financial status and highlight our balanced approach to addressing financial, staffing, and service level needs.
Budget Request Highlights
Based on ongoing reviews of workload and performance data, we anticipate requesting just a few additional fee-supported staff positions for FY 2016-17. These positions would be added strategically to respond to increased workloads and help us meet our service level goals. Any added positions would be included in our 5-Year Financial Plan, and we would insure that there will be sufficient revenues to support these positions for the next 5 years.
Thanks to continued strong revenues and financial reserves, we do not plan to increase fees in 2016 (other than for the Environmental Soils Program, which continues to recover from historic underfunding). This will be our third consecutive year with no other fee increases.
In response to input from our customers and stakeholders, we are closely reviewing our fees to determine if reductions could possibly be made in some areas. Final decisions on fees will be made later in the spring.
General Fund Support
We receive support from the City’s General Fund for our local Code Enforcement programs, including Land Use Services and Neighborhood Inspections. These programs provide services that benefit the entire community through enforcement of the City’s zoning, housing, and nuisance regulations. State law prohibits us from using permit revenues to support these local code enforcement programs, so the support we receive from the General Fund is crucial.
However, for FY 2016-17, the Mayor has directed bureaus to prepare 5% cuts in their General Fund support. We are preparing to make these cuts, but we also intend to request that the cuts be restored so that the services provided by our programs are not impacted. The Development Review Advisory Committee and the BDS Budget Advisory Committee have consistently advocated for strong General Fund support for these important programs.
Advisory Group Meetings
We have been actively meeting with advisory and stakeholder groups to seek their input on our budget priorities and decisions. Since November, we have held multiple meetings with:
- Development Review Advisory Committee (DRAC)
- BDS Budget Advisory Committee
- BDS Finance Committee
These meetings are held at BDS offices (1900 SW 4th Ave.) and are open to the general public. Remaining scheduled meetings include:
|Meeting Date||Group||Time / Location|
|Thu. Jan. 21||Development Review Advisory Committee||8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
2nd floor, Room 2500B
|Tue. Jan. 26||BDS Budget Advisory Committee||12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
5th floor, Rooms 5A & B
For More Information
Detailed budget information is available on the BDS Budget & Financial Plan Information website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/53730. You can also contact Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.