After receiving extensive information about the programs of county departments and much thoughtful consideration, the county's nine Citizen Budget Advisory Committees (CBACs) have released their recommendations for the county’s 2013-14 budget. Approximately 70 members of the public serve on the CBACs which independently review and make dozens of recommendations concerning county departmental budgets. They present their recommendations both in writing and direct testimony to the Board of County Commissioners. One CBAC is assigned to each major county department or office. This year's recommendations range from increasing collaboration within county departments and offices, to prioritizing support and funding for county mental health services in an effort to reverse Multnomah County jails now being the second largest mental health provider in Oregon. Although not all recommendations are ultimately adopted, public input improves how the county uses revenue and delivers services.
Read the CBAC recommendations that your fellow citizens made for each department and office below!