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).

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

The following Budget Advisory Committees will be seeking new members for the upcoming budget cycle:

District Attorney

Department of County Assets & Department of County Management

Department of Community Justice

Department of Community Services

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Department of County Human Services

Non-Departmental (includes small offices and departments within Multnomah County, such as: the Offices of the County Commissioners, the Office of Community Involvement, the Office of Diversity and Equity, the Office of Sustainability, the Office of Emergency Management, Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, Office of Communications, Office of Government Relations, County Attorney's Office, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Auditor's Office)

How to Apply

Note that our priority application deadline has passed and we are currently considering those initial applications for vacancies. Following our initial application review, any new applications received will be reviewed if any vacancies remain.

If you are interested in applying for next year, we typically make the new application available in July, with a priority deadline in September.

To talk with someone about these opportunities or receive assistance completing the application, contact the Office of Community Involvement at 503-988-3450 or

Central Budget Advisory Committee

The Central Budget Advisory Committee (CCBAC) 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 CCBAC is made up of one member from each CBAC.

Budget Advisory Committee Recommendations

Fiscal Year 2018-19

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

CBAC Reports from Prior Years