BDS Budget and Finance staff submitted BDS’s fiscal year (FY) 2018-19 Requested Budget and updated 5-Year Financial Plan to the City Budget Office on Jan. 29, 2018. The documents are available for viewing on the City Budget Office website at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/article/671187. The Requested Budget and Financial Plan highlight BDS’s strategic goals and provide information on our financial, staffing, and service level needs.
The City Budget Office is currently reviewing budget requests from all City bureaus and will make recommendations to the City Council on March 5, 2018 regarding bureau budget decisions.
5 Percent General Fund Cut
Historically, BDS has received support from the City’s General Fund for 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 programs have been funded by a combination of their own fee revenues and the General Fund.
However, General Fund support for BDS has been consistently reduced over the last several years, and currently only Neighborhood Inspections receives General Fund support. For FY 2018-19, the Mayor has again directed bureaus to prepare 5 percent cuts in their General Fund support; bureaus also made 5 percent cuts in FY 2017-18 and FY 2016-17. We’ve proposed to make the required 5 percent cut by reducing our spending on nuisance abatements in FY 2018-19 by $49,126.
We made clear in our budget request that this reduction in funds will lead to approximately 27 fewer nuisance abatements completed in FY 2018-19 (21 percent fewer abatements than were done in FY 2016-17), potentially resulting in serious health and sanitation concerns at those properties. We intend to replace these funds from Neighborhood Inspections program reserves so that services are not impacted.
Adding Positions Via 2018 Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP)
BDS managers reviewed workload and performance data and identified a handful of additional fee-supported staff positions that will be needed. These positions are being held over to the 2018 Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP), rather than using the FY 2018-19 Requested Budget. This will allow us to fill the positions during the current fiscal year, rather than waiting until after July 1, 2018. BMPs provide bureaus with opportunities to adjust their budgets during the year, including adding positions. These additional positions are reflected in the 5-Year Financial Plan.
Thanks to continued strong revenues and financial reserves, BDS does not anticipate increases to most fees in 2018.
Upcoming Budget Events
Upcoming steps in the budget process include:
- March 5, 2018 – City Budget Office makes budget recommendations to City Council
- March 15 – 29, 2018 – City Council Budget Work Sessions
- April 3 & 17, 2018 – Public Hearings on City Budget
- May 7, 2018 – Mayor’s Proposed Budget released
- June 7, 2018 – City Council vote on Adopted Budget
- July 1, 2018 – FY 2018-19 Budget goes into effect
For more information about BDS’s FY 2018-19 budget development, please contact Mark Fetters at (503) 823-1028 or email@example.com.