Commissions & Committees

Current Budget Process Documents:

Draft 2017-2019 Biennial Budget

Local Budgeting Manual

Agendas and Minutes


What is a budget committee?
The budget committee is a fiscal advisory group to the Council.  Oregon budget law establishes the budget committee and its functions beginning with ORS 294.414.

The committee is made up of the governing body of the local government and an equal number of appointed members. The City of Ashland’s 14-member budget committee consists of 7 elected officials and 7 appointed members.

Appointed members of the budget committee must be electors of the local government. They cannot be employees, officers, or agents of the local government. The City of Ashland budgets on a biennial basis, therefore member appointments are for a four-year term. No member of the budget committee (governing body members included) receives compensation for serving on the committee. 

What is the purpose of the budget committee?
The primary role of the committee is to insure expenditures do not exceed revenues and the overall budget is consistent with the service priorities of the Mayor and Council. The culmination of the budget committee’s work is to set the City’s tax levy and recommend the budget to the City Council.

The three functions of the budget committee are:

  1. To receive the proposed budget and budget message
  2. To hold one or more public hearings following the presentation of the proposed budget; providing citizens the opportunity to comment prior to Council adoption of the budget
  3. Approve the budget and set the ad valorem property taxes

The budget committee does not change staffing levels, salary schedules or negotiate salary contracts.  It is not the committee’s role to adjust policies or priorities set by the Council or to add, delete, increase or decrease programs.

The budget committee can make changes to any of the line items in the budget to meet the goals and services established by the Council within the revenues projected. 

Individual budget committee members have no special authority to request information or direct staff to provide reports. However, the budget committee as a whole may, by committee vote, direct the administration to provide additional reports, information, data or presentations to help the budget committee better understand the budget.

The budget committee plays a large role in providing communication with the community about the budget process and limitations within which the local government works.  Committee members develop a good understanding of the City’s fiscal constraints and the services funded and thereby are able to explain those to their friends and neighbors throughout the community, providing an important communication conduit to the community regarding the City and its services.

The Council values the service of the Citizen Budget Committee Members and any advice they wish to share on the financial matters of the City.

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Agendas and Minutes for the Citizen Budget Committee
Budget for 2015-17
Meetings
Budget meetings are held in May, with Council adoption of the budget in June.

Members

Name Email Title Term Begin Term End
Saladin Amery Committee Member 3/7/2016 12/31/2017
Mary Cody Committee Member 1/1/2014 12/31/2017
Traci Darrow City Councilor 1/1/2017 12/31/2018
Garrett Furuichi Committee Member 8/5/2014 12/31/2018
Paula Hyatt Committee Member 1/17/2017 12/31/2021
Greg Lemhouse City Councilor 12/31/2020
Shaun Moran Committee Member 3/17/2015 12/31/2019
Michael Morris City Councilor 12/31/2018
Rich Rosenthal City Councilor 12/31/2020
David Runkel Committee Member 12/15/2009 12/31/2021
Stefani Seffinger City Councilor 12/31/2018
Dennis Slattery City Councilor 12/31/2020
John Stromberg Mayor 12/31/2020

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