Spring is a busy time of year for BDS budget staff. As BDS’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18 budget continues to work its way through the approval process, the bureau added 24 new positions to its FY 2016-17 budget through the City’s Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP).
FY 2017-18 Budget
Readers may recall that the only “request” (also known as a Decision Package) in our FY 2017-18 Requested Budget was the 5% General Fund cut required by the City Council. We proposed to meet that requirement by reducing our nuisance abatement funds, but we asked that those funds be restored due to the importance of the services.
After reviewing our Requested Budget, the City Budget Office (CBO) recommended that the City Council make the 5% cut and not restore the funds. They further recommended that all General Fund support ($1 million) be removed from the BDS Land Use Services (LUS) program, since LUS revenues and financial reserves are healthy. On May 1, 2017, Mayor Wheeler included these changes in his Proposed Budget.
Remaining steps in the FY 2017-18 budget process include:
- June 8 – City Council adopts the budget
- July 1 – FY 2017-18 Budget goes into effect
FY 2016-17 Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP) - City Council approves 24 fee-supported positions
The Budget Monitoring Process (BMP) provides opportunities for City bureaus to make adjustments to their current fiscal year budgets, including adding positions. BDS has used BMPs in the last few years to add staff positions to high-priority programs and services in response to workload increases. Adding positions through the BMP (rather than the FY 2017-18 Requested Budget) allows us to fill them sooner.
Our FY 2016-17 Spring BMP request, submitted March 27, 2017, included 24 additional fee-supported staff positions to respond to continued workload growth and address remaining gaps in service delivery.
City Council approved our BMP request on April 26, 2017, and bureau staff is preparing to recruit and fill the positions.
You can find budget information and links to BDS’s budget and financial plan documents on the City Budget Office website at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/. If you have questions about the budget, please contact BDS Finance Manager Elshad Hajiyev (503-823-7323 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or BDS Business Operations & Finance Services Manager Deborah Sievert Morris (503-823-7338 or email@example.com).