Citizen Budget Advisory Committees (CBACs)
Citizen Budget Advisory Committees (CBACs) are independent citizen bodies that review and make recommendations on county departmental budgets and operations.
CBAC recommendations have ranged from targeting services to special-needs populations to allocating funding to retain County properties' value. Although not all CBAC recommendations are adopted, committee members' input improves how the county uses revenue and delivers services to residents.
Each year about 70 county residents serve on the nine CBACs. The only requirements for CBAC membership are:
- either reside or work in Multnomah County,
- interest in the programs and budget process of the County,
- availability to attend meetings and participate in deliberations (most CBACs meet monthly, with more meetings during budget season)
Prospective CBAC members need only fill out an interest form and participate in an interview on their interests and availability. The county makes every effort to ensure that the CBACs' membership reflects the County’s diversity, including diversity of place of residence. Appointments to the CBACs are for three years, but members may serve for six consecutive years.
Take a look at the CBAC Handbook to learn more about these important committees!
Central Citizen Budget Advisory Committee
The Central Citizen Budget Advisory Committee (CCBAC) directs, coordinates, and provides oversight of the CBAC process. The CCBAC is made up of one member from each CBAC.
"Participation in this public service provides...members with a greater understanding of local government and the satisfaction of being involved and of making a difference." - CCBAC Chair Brad McLean.
CCBAC Recommendations, Fiscal Year 2013-14
CCBAC Recommendations, Fiscal Year 2012-13
CCBAC Recommendations, Fiscal Year 2011-12
CCBAC Recommendations, Fiscal Year 2010-11
Dedicated Fund Review CCBAC Sub-Committee
The Central Citizen Budget Advisory Committee (CCBAC) includes the Dedicated Fund Review Sub-Committee, which reviews dedicated funds administered by county departments. In reviewing a fund, the Dedicated Fund Review Sub-Committee meets with county staff and reviews applicable ordinances and regulations, then submits formal recommendations to departments and county elected officials.