Spring is a busy time of year for BDS budget staff. As the BDS Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 budget continues to work its way through the approval process, we are also preparing a request to add 17 new staff positions to this year’s (FY 2017-18) budget through the City’s Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP).These positions will help us address continuing high workloads and improve service levels.
BDS FY 2018-19 Budget
Readers may recall that the only significant “request” (also known as a Decision Package) in our FY 2018-19 Requested Budget was the 5 percent General Fund reduction required by the City Council. We proposed to take 5 percent out of our Neighborhood Inspections Program, since this is the only BDS program that receives General Fund support. The cut would come from our nuisance abatement funds, in order to avoid cutting staff positions.
However, after reviewing our Requested Budget, the City Budget Office (CBO) recommended that the City Council not take the 5 percent cut from BDS. We met with the City Council on March 16, to discuss our Requested Budget and the CBO’s recommendations, and we are now waiting for Mayor Wheeler to release his Proposed Budget in May.
Upcoming events in the FY 2018-19 budget process include:
- April 17 – Public Hearing on the City Budget
- May 7 – Mayor’s Proposed Budget released
- June 7 – City Council vote on Adopted Budget
- July 1 – FY 2018-19 Budget goes into effect
FY 2017-18 Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP) – BDS Requesting 17 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 2018-19 Requested Budget) allows us to fill those positions sooner.
Our FY 2017-18 Spring BMP request, due on March 26, will include a request for 17 additional fee-supported staff positions, including:
Portland Online Permitting System (POPS) (1 position)
- Training & Development Analyst (staff training)
Inspections Services (6 positions)
Residential Inspections (2 positions)
- Plumbing Inspector II (address workload)
- Electrical Inspector (address workload)
Commercial Inspections (4 positions)
- Senior Building Inspector (training/onboarding, compliance issues)
- 2 Electrical Inspectors (Master Permit Program, plan review)
- Building Inspector II (address workload)
Plan Review (3 positions)
- Supervising Engineer (manage structural engineers)
- Engineer – Structural (address workload)
- Engineer – Geotechnical (address workload)
Permitting Services (2 new positions; convert 1 Limited Term position to permanent)
- Development Services Technician II (address workload)
- Program Coordinator (Small Business section; convert Limited Term to permanent)
- Development Services Project Coordinator (address workload)
Business Operations and Finance Services (3 new positions; convert 1 Limited Term position to permanent)
Enforcement Program (2 positions; convert 1 Limited Term position to permanent)
- Office Support Specialist II (Accessory Short-Term Rental applications, enforcement complaints; convert Limited Term to permanent)
- Housing Inspector (inspection workload, case management)
- Senior Housing Inspector (Chapter 13 systematic inspections)
Front Desk / Administrative Support (1 position)
- Senior Administrative Specialist (Customer Call Support Program)
You can find budget information and links to BDS’s budget and financial plan documents on the City Budget Office website. If you have questions about the budget, please contact BDS Finance Manager Kyle O’Brien at 503-823-7323 or BDS Sr. Business Operations Manager Elshad Hajiyev at 503-823-7338.