May 16, 2014

Commissioners being presented with 2014 budget survey results
The county commissioners were presented with the results of the 2014 budget survey at its meeting on April 29 by staff from the Office of Citizen Involvement. During the 20-minute presentation, charts were used to convey the quantitative results and the major themes from the qualitative questions were summarized. The commissioners seemed very interested and asked great questions about the results and the conclusions the report drew. Chair Madrigal remarked how the results seemed to support many of the initiatives and programs that the Board was pursuing.

Watch the presentation to hear the intriguing results and see the discussion without having to read a thing. Go to the video and fast forward it to 59:04 to see our presentation.

Additional Opportunities for the Public to Provide Input Prior to Approval of the FY 2015 Budget: The Multnomah County budget is likely to be approved by the Board of County Commissioners on May 29, 2014. Public budget hearings are being held on April 30, May 7, and May 14 at different locations throughout the county. At the hearings, the County Commissioners will take public comments and testimony (up to three minutes) concerning the county’s proposed budget. You can learn more about the public budget hearings as well the budget proposed by County Chair Marissa Madrigal.

Time to make public comments is also available during the next four board meetings. The meetings will take place in the mornings on May 1, May 8, May 15, and May 22, in the Multnomah Building Boardroom located at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard in Portland. Additionally, individuals or community groups may want to consider scheduling a meeting with a County Commissioner to express their opinions.