It’s Budget Season!
BDS Budget and Finance staff are in high gear as we prepare BDS’s fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 Requested Budget and updated 5-Year Financial Plan, due to the City Budget Office on January 30, 2017. Both documents provide information on our financial status and highlight our balanced approach to addressing financial, staffing, and service level needs.
Budget Request Highlights
Over the last few years, BDS has focused on adding staff positions to address our rapidly growing workload. A key priority will be leveraging the resources we need to fill our remaining vacant staff positions. Based on ongoing reviews of workload and performance data, we anticipate requesting just a few additional fee-supported staff positions and to include them in the current budget as part of the Spring Bump process. Any added positions are also included in our 5-Year Financial Plan, to ensure that there will be sufficient revenues to support the positions for the next 5 years.
In addition, we will focus on finding and implementing operational efficiencies and service improvements.
Thanks to continued strong revenues and financial reserves, we anticipate minimal changes to BDS' fees in 2017. For the past four years, the bureau has not increased the majority of its fees. In July 2016, building permits fees were reduced by 3%. Final decisions on fees will be made later in the Spring.
If you have ideas or questions regarding BDS’s budget request, please pass them on to Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.