CBAC presenting to Board

About Budget Advisory Committees

Budget Advisory Committees (CBACs) are groups of community members that review and make recommendations on county departmental budgets and operations. 

CBAC’s are one of the key ways that the county receives community input on its budget priorities. CBAC volunteers hear directly from department directors and other staff about the county’s programs and services. Together, they make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners about how Multnomah County can best use its resources to serve the community.

In recent years, CBAC recommendations have prioritized services for mental health, racial equity, housing & houselessness and public safety. Although not all CBAC recommendations are adopted, input from committee members improves how the county uses revenue and delivers services to residents.

There are nine CBACs, one for each Multnomah County department. The requirements for CBAC membership are:

  • that you live in Multnomah County;
  • that you have an interest in the programs and budget process of the County;
  • that you are available to attend meetings and participate in deliberations (most CBACs meet monthly, with more meetings during budget season).

How to Apply: We typically begin reviewing applications for new CBAC members in late summer for each new budget year. In the meantime, you can fill out our volunteer interest form or contact the Office of Community Involvement at 503-988-3450 to learn more. 

Appointments to the CBACs are for three years, and members may serve for six consecutive years.

Take a look at the  CBAC Handbook 2016 - 5th Edition (4.25 MB)

Central Budget Advisory Committee

The Central 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." - former CCBAC Chair Brad McLean.

CBAC Recommendations

Fiscal Year 2018-19

CBACs Speak contains all of the recommendations made by the Budget Advisory Committees

CBAC Reports from Prior Years