Multnomah County Budget Process
The Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners adopt an annual budget for Multnomah County and its service districts. The County Chair releases the Proposed Budget in May and the County Commission acting as the Budget Committee begins deliberation. The proposed budget will be released and posted to the Budget Office website on May 5th, 2022 for review.
The Budget Committee will hold a series of department budget worksessions to review budget proposals. Also during this time, the County Commissioners host three public hearings that allow the community to deliberate and provide public comment on the budget. Three virtual public hearings are scheduled for - May 18th, May 25th, June 1st. A calendar of the Budget Worksessions is available on the Budget Office website.
Additional Opportunities to Provide Public Comment
Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission Budget Hearing
The Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission (TSCC) holds a hearing on the County budget, and community members can also provide public comment. At this hearing, you would primarily be speaking to the TSCC board, not the Board of County Commissioners. The TSCC hearing is scheduled for June 1st at 9:30am. Information on how to participate and sign-up for public comment at the TSCC hearing can be found on the TSCC website in addition to the Multnomah County Board Meeting website.
Board Hearing to Adopt the Budget
After the budget worksessions and public hearings have concluded, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners consider the adoption of the budget at a public hearing held during its regular board meeting in June of each year. This year the FY 2023 Budget adoption is scheduled for June 16th, 2022.
How to Participate in the Multnomah County Budget process:
Virtual Public Hearings:
Public feedback and community participation are very important in establishing budgets. The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners will hold three public hearings on the FY 2023 budget to provide stakeholders multiple opportunities to officially comment on the operating and capital budgets. These meetings will be held virtually on May 18th, May 25th and June 1st from 6:00-8:00 pm. Information on how to join the virtual meeting and sign-up for public input and feedback will be made available closer to the date.
If you are signed up to give comments, you will be prompted by the Board Clerk to speak when it is your turn. Comments should be kept to under three minutes.
All budget worksessions will be held in-person at the Multnomah Building, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR, in the Boardroom, and will also be available to watch virtually on the MultcoBoard YouTube channel. Public comment does not occur during the budget worksessions, but can be heard at the Thursday morning Board meeting. Sign-up at the Board Clerk table inside the boardroom to comment on non-agenda items or use the virtual public testimony form to sign up to testify or to submit written testimony on non-agenda items. The deadline to sign up to testify virtually for the next scheduled Thursday Board meeting is Wednesday at 4pm.
Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission (TSCC) hearing:
The Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission (TSCC) holds a hearing on the County budget, and community members can also provide public comment. However, at this hearing, you would primarily be speaking to the TSCC board, not the Board of County Commissioners. The TSCC hearing is scheduled for June 1st at 9:30am. Information on how to participate and sign-up for public comment at the TSCC hearing can be found on the TSCC website in addition to the Multnomah County Board Meeting website.
Apply to be on the Community Budget Advisory Committees (CBAC):
Community members are always encouraged to apply to be on the Community Budget Advisory Committees (CBAC) to review budget submissions and make recommendations. The CBAC committees have already been selected for this budget process, however, we encourage you to apply to become a CBAC member in late spring/early summer for next year's budget process. Please see the CBAC website for more information.
Community members can also talk to the Office of Community Involvement to discuss any other options, including the CBACs since that office helps facilitate the CBAC process.