About FY 2021-22 Requested Budget
Beginning in late fall, each bureau receives guidance from the Mayor's Office and the City Budget Office to inform the development of a requested budget for City Council to consider. With the guidance of their bureau advisory committee, data, community, and Council discussions throughout the year, the requested budget is posted publicly to provide transparency on programming costs and staffing support.
The proposed budget is also an opportunity for bureaus to project how their programs can effectively respond to the current and emerging community needs. As an example, Civic Life’s FY 2021-22 Budget requests approval for creating an emergency fund for Cannabis businesses — an industry not eligible for federal aid — that have been disproportionately impacted by multiple emergencies including an uptick in armed robberies, the pandemic, and wildfires. In addition, we’ve doubled the ask for funding to help our Graffiti Program respond to the overwhelming graffiti cleanup efforts across our city with new Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business contractors.
“Civic Life’s annual budget reflects the strategic steps we are taking in any given year toward a long-term strategy to promote a culture of civic engagement and support all Portlanders to build inclusive, safe, and more equitable neighborhoods and communities,” said Civic Life Director Suk Rhee. “We’re focused on anti-racism, equity, and COVID-19 recovery for BIPOC, disability, unhoused, immigrant and refugee, youth, and other communities most negatively impacted by the pandemic. This approach allows us to improve systems that end up benefiting all of us.”
Civic Life thanks its Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) for providing early input and feedback. This collaboration helped us identify the areas that require the most attention in our requested budget.
All budget requests are reviewed by the mayor and commissioners, a citywide Budget Advisory Committee, Office of Equity and Human Rights, and City Budget Office. Community feedback is solicited through budget forums and through online comments. Budgets will be formally approved this spring and adopted and approved by Council in June.
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Download FY 2021-22 Requested Budget
You can read and download our requested budget here: