BDS Budget & Finance staff submitted the bureau’s fiscal year (FY) 2017-18 Requested Budget and 5-Year Financial Plan on Monday, January 30, 2017.
In addition to continuing funding for existing programs and services, our Requested Budget has only one budget decision package – the 5% General Fund reduction mandated by the City Council. We receive General Fund support for our local City Code programs, such as Land Use Services and Neighborhood Inspections. We’ve proposed to make the required 5% cut by reducing our spending on nuisance abatements in FY 2017-18 by $105,887.
We made clear in our budget request that this reduction in funds will lead to approximately 40-50 fewer nuisance abatements completed in FY 2017-2018 (27.5% fewer abatements than were done in FY 2015-16), potentially resulting in serious health and sanitation concerns at those properties. We have asked the City Council to restore those funds. However, in the event that General Fund support is not resolved, the bureau expects to fund these abatements out of Neighborhood Inspection Program reserves.
Adding Positions Via 2017 Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP)
We have also identified a need for approximately 24 additional fee-supported staff positions to respond to continued workload growth and address remaining gaps in service delivery. In an effort to fill those positions sooner, we will include them in the 2017 Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP) rather than in our FY 2017-18 Requested Budget. BMPs provide bureaus with opportunities to adjust their budgets during the year, including adding positions.
If you have questions about our budget request, please contact Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Budget Events
Upcoming steps in the budget process include:
- March 14 – 30 – City Council Budget Work Sessions
- March 27 – Spring 2017 BMP Request dueApril 11 & 18 – Public Hearings on City Budget
- April 26 – Spring 2017 BMP Adopted
- May 8 – Mayor’s Proposed Budget released
- June 8 – City Council vote on Adopted Budget
- July 1 – FY 2017-18 Budget goes into effect