How Multnomah County Budgets:
Multnomah County’s Board of Commissioners adopts an annual budget to plan for the effective delivery of services to our community and to responsibly manage the public resources that support these services. Community involvement in the budget process ensures that desired services are prioritized, while County officials ensure that the budget balances competing needs, is financially sustainable, and meets legal requirements.
Four Phases of the Budget Process:
Multnomah County uses an incremental budgeting process in which departments are given expenditures targets to kick off the process. The budget process consists of four distinct phases:
Phase I - Departments Submit Budget (December - February)
The departments prepare and submit their budget requests.
Phase II - The Chair Develops the Executive/Proposed Budget (March - April)
The Chair reviews the department submitted budgets and develops the Chair’s Executive/Proposed budget.
Phase III - The Board Approves the Executive/Proposed Budget (April)
The Board of Commissioners approves the Chair’s Proposed budget. This is a technical step necessary for public deliberation of the budget to begin.
Phase IV - The Board Adopts the Final Budget (May - June)
After the budget is approved, public hearings and work sessions begin. During this deliberation, amendments to the Proposed budget can be requested by either the departments or a County Commissioner. At the end of this process, the Board votes on the final version of the budget to adopt.
FY 2022 Department Transmittal Letters:
The Department Director’s transmittal letter formally conveys the department’s budget proposal to the County Chair and the community. The transmittal letters provide a roadmap to each department's budget submission and to their program offers. Below, you can find each department's transmittal letter for its FY 2022 Submitted Budget.
FY 2022 Department Submitted Program Offers:
The FY 2022 Department Submitted Program Offers are the program offers submitted by the departments for consideration in the Chair's Executive/Proposed Budget. These program offers are shown as submitted by the departments and are the first step in Multnomah County’s budget process.