FY 2023 Budget Kick Off Meeting
Budget Equity Tool | Updated for FY 2023
This is the second year for which Multnomah County has provided countywide guidance on the application of equity concepts to budgeting. The Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) has updated and consolidated the Budget Equity Tool to help departments continue to integrate and embed equity practice and analysis into the FY 2023 budget, and is available for assistance. The discussion and questions in this tool will help departments to identify areas of success and challenge, so they can come to budget discussions with information on how equity principles and analysis have informed narratives, decisions, and program offers.
American Rescue Plan (ARP)
In mid March 2020, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan (ARP). This legislation provided a direct allocation of $158 million to Multnomah County, paid in two tranches. The first tranche was included in the FY 2022 budget, and the remainder will be budgeted in FY 2023. Because this funding is very flexible and can be used on multiple priorities across departments, this funding will be treated similarly to how General Fund decisions are processed. All requests from departments will be reviewed at a countywide level by the Chair, and funding decisions will be made in alignment with the County’s overall priorities:
Forms and Templates to Create the Budget
Department and Division Narratives
Both the Department and Division Narrative forms are available in Google Docs. With Google docs, multiple people in the department can review and edit the document together. Remember Google docs don’t allow for fixed text box sizes. The area allocated in the documents is about the size you will have in the budget document. If you have questions, please contact your department budget analyst.
Instructions: Important - please make a copy of the Departmental and Division Narrative forms before working on them. This will make you the owner of the document, giving you editing ability and the rights to share it with other people in your department. To make a copy of the form, go to the top menu (upper right corner of the screen) and click “File,” then select “Make a copy.” Give your document a new name and click “OK.” You can now begin working in your own copy of the document. Additional instructions can be found in the Budget Manual.
The Department Director’s transmittal letter formally conveys the department’s budget proposal to the County Chair. It should be used as a guide or map to the department's budget submission. The Transmittal Letter Outline has been updated for FY 2023 to be a little more robust, including an increased focus on equity. Departments may need to add additional topics/areas as necessary to explain their budget. As occurred last year, the department transmittal letters will be posted online. (Outline updated 2-15-22; only change was to the table and accompanying notes at the top of page 3.)
- - updated 2-15-22
Other Resources, Forms and Templates
Calculating Span of Control (163.91 KB)