The City Council has taken action recently regarding BDS’s budget request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018-19 and the bureau’s FY 2017-18 Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP) request, which made changes to BDS’s current (FY 2017-18) budget.
Budget Request for FY 2018-19 Budget
After several public budget forums and hearings, Mayor Wheeler released his Proposed Budget in early May. The good news for BDS was that the required 5% cut in General Fund support was restored, meaning that we will not have to make a 5% cut in our Neighborhood Inspections Program budget (this is the only BDS program that receives General Fund support). On May 16, City Council approved the Proposed Budget. The FY 2018-19 budget was adopted by the Council on June 7 and is effective July 1, 2018.
17 New Fee-Supported Positions Approved Through FY 2017-18 Spring Budget Monitoring Process (BMP)
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 budget process) allows us to fill those positions sooner.
On March 2nd City Council approved our FY 2017-18 Spring BMP request for 17 additional fee-supported staff positions. We are now preparing to recruit and fill these new positions, which will help us better manage our workload and improve services. You can find details on the 17 positions in the previous edition of the Plans Examiner.
More budget information and links to BDS’s budget and financial plan documents can be found on the City Budget Office website. If you have questions about BDS’s 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.