Multnomah County Budget 101

FY 2017 Budget = $1.9B*

10 Departments

34 Funds: Operating, Capital, and Debt

5,169.27 Budgeted FTE

The County's most flexible funding source is the General Fund = 36% of the budget

Taxes (Property, Business, Motor Vehicle) account for 70% of the General Fund.

The funding streams supporting the General Fund aren't very diverse, making them susceptible to economic shifts. Consequently, when there is an economic downturn, the community relies on the County for more services.

Historically, ~50% of the County's General Fund has funded Public Safety. In the past few years, the County has shifted spending to Health & Human Services.

Inversely, Health & Human Services receives over 85% of the Fed/State funding.

The Budget Process

Phase 1: Budget Preparation

Phase 2: Departments Prepare Budgets

Phase 3: Chair Releases the Proposed Budget

Phase 4-5: Worksessions & Budget Adoption

Budget Issues, Risks, and Unknowns

  • Measure 97 State Corporate Tax
  • Measure 26-179 - Bonds to fund affordable housing
  • New City Administration, 3 New County Commissioners
  • Presidential Election

A Home For Everyone's Budget Recommendations


  • Introduction to the Budget Process
  • Staff finalize FY 2016 Outcomes and update projections
  • Executive Committee briefing and recommendations for FY 2018
  • 1st meeting of the PBAC (Policy & Budget Advisory Committee)


  • Coordinating Board briefed on FY 2016 Outcomes, Executive Committee Recommendations, and Equity Strategy
  • Subcommittees meet to develop FY 2018 recommendations


  • Coordinating Board presentation of subcommittee recommendations
  • Coordinating Board members review and rank recommendations
  • Executive Committee presented with preliminary recommendations


  • Coordinating Board approves final budget recommendations
  • Joint Office presents proposed budget to PBAC
  • City and County Economic Forecast Presentations
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