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City Budget Update February 2024
Meetings are open to all; Portlanders can participate in the budget process.
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The annual budget process starts with bureaus developing and submitting their Requested Budgets. The budget process began when the City's organizational chart was approved by council in fall 2023 so that bureaus could begin budgeting by service area for the first time. This new way of budgeting is part of the City's Charter Transition, in which the mayor with the support of a professional city administrator will oversee all City services and programs by January 2025.

Fall budget development work sessions were held on Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 – and the topics aligned to the recommendations of the City budget process work group to move financial planning issues to earlier in the process and identify goals and outcomes in advance of the budget development process.

The mayor’s budget guidance was provided in late November and mid-December.  The budget planning kick-off was held in late December and the City’s budget forecast is available here.

Budget Process Calendar From September to June

Bureaus are meeting in their new service areas to discuss budget priorities

In January 2024, council adopted the FY 2024-25 Budget Calendar. Bureaus began meeting within their newly defined service area (see the adopted transition organizational chart here).

Along with developing their own budgets, bureaus worked to find areas of overlapping resources and duplication that could generate efficiencies at the service area level. This coordination will be used to create a single budget document later in the budget process that aligns existing resources with citywide priorities. These meetings required developing scenarios for constraints as highlighted in previous city council work sessions and additional review of "key issues” outlined in the mayor’s second budget guidance.

Next Steps

  1. Requested budgets are due on Friday, Feb. 16.
  2. Council’s budget work sessions on service area budgets are in progress, and slides are posted here as they become available.

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