Budget Advisory Committee
Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) convened its Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) for the FY 2010-11 Annual Budget process in December 2009. PF&R was directed by the City of Portland’s Office of Management and Finance to factor a 1% ongoing and 1% one-time reduction into its FY 2010-11 budget request. On December 10, 2009, the BAC met in an all-day session. At that time, PF&R’s division heads provided members with an overview of their programs, proposed budget reduction packages, the need for some one-time decision packages, and the impact that budget reductions would have on each program.
The BAC, consisting of private citizens, internal and external stakeholders, labor, and management, discussed and subsequently ranked the proposed reductions. A follow-up meeting was held on January 15, 2010 to announce PF&R’s decision on the budget reduction packages based on the rankings and BAC feedback.
PF&R Submits FY 2010-11 Requested Budget
On February 1, 2010, Portland Fire submitted its requested budget for FY 2010-2011 to the Mayor’s Office. Click here to view Portland Fire’s requested budget for FY 2010-11 along with supporting documentation.
Ultimately, the Bureau proposes to close one fire station (a specific station has not been identified) and delay replacement of aging apparatus (engines and trucks). If adopted, these cuts will impact service and result in longer response times to emergencies. Delayed apparatus replacement will lead to a backlog of five engines and one truck and result in increased maintenance costs and the chance of more frequent break-downs. The budget also requests one-time funding for: retirement payouts, two limited-term administrative positions, rescues at Stations 11 and 19, a rescue boat, and continuing 12 dive team positions.
In March 2010, the City Council began holding budget deliberations for each bureau. Portland Fire had the opportunity on March 17, 2010 to present our FY 2010-11 requested budget to the City Council. Using a presentation document as a reference, Fire Chief John Klum provided City Council with a brief overview of PF&R's requested budget. Chief Klum explained significant financial issues, the process to develop the FY 2010-11 requested budget, the suggested measures taken to meet the 2% reduction target, and decision packages by program that included one-time and on-going reductions and one-time funding requests. View the presentation document here.
In late April 2010, Mayor Sam Adams will release proposed budget decisions for the upcoming fiscal year. The following the month, the proposed budget document will be available and in June 2010, the City Council will vote to adopt the FY 2010-11 budget. To get a more in depth look at the City of Portland’s budget process, click here.
Explore the City of Portland's Community Budget Center webpage by clicking here and follow along with the budget development process.
April 16, 2010