Multnomah County is currently accepting applications for new Community Budget Advisory Committee members.
About Community Budget Advisory Committees
Community Budget Advisory Committees (CBACs) are groups of community members that review and make recommendations on county departmental budgets and operations.
CBACs 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 Central Community Budget Advisory Committee (CCBAC) is made up of one member from each CBAC, and is charged with making county-wide recommendations to the Chair, the Board and the public that may cross departmental lines and affect one or more departments.
The requirements for CBAC membership are:
- 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).
No budgeting or financial expertise is necessary! CBAC members do not go line by line through the County budget. Meetings are focused on the bigger picture - understanding the County's programs and services, discussing challenges and opportunities that departments are considering in their budget process, and providing input on key budget decisions for the next year.
Preference will be provided to individuals who live or work in the county or have a demonstrated connection to Multnomah County.
Appointments to the CBACs are for three years, and members may serve for six consecutive years.
CBACs typically meet one to two times a month. Some CBACs meet year round, while others only meet during the most active time of the budgeting process, approximately November to April.
The following Community Budget Advisory Committees currently have vacancies:
- Department of Community Justice - meets year round on Monday evenings
- Department of Community Services - meets during budget season on Tuesday evenings
- Department of County Human Services - meets year round on Tuesday evenings
- Departments of County Assets & Management - meets during budget season on Wednesday evenings
- Health Department - meets year round on Thursday evenings
- Sheriff's Office - meets during budget season on Fridays midday
How to Apply
- Complete the application online
- Or download the 2020 Budget Advisory Committee (CBAC) Application - Paper Form (30.02 KB) and mail it to: Office of Community Involvement, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Suite 192, Portland, OR 97217
Please consider the list of committees with vacancies listed above and your availability when selecting your preferred committees.
Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis.
To talk with someone about these opportunities or receive assistance completing the application, contact the Office of Community Involvement at 503-988-3450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.