ORS 294.305-294.565 are the statutes governing budgets at the local level. Under the statutes, all local governments are required to prepare and adopt annual or biennial budgets following a very specific process. Local budget law sets standard procedures for preparing, presenting, and using budgets for most of Oregon's local governments. Citizen involvement in the budget process is encouraged and local budget law offers a way for local governments to outline programs and services in a manner that is informational to the public. Vist the Oregon Department of Revenue for more information.
Local Budgeting Manual
The 2019-2020 budget will be available here once adopted by City Council.
The Finance Officer works with other City departments between January and April to prepare a proposed budget. The proposed budget is made available to the public and then received by the Budget Committee at the first Budget Committee meeting. After the Budget is approved, the Budget Committee's job is done until next year, unless a special meeting with the Committee is deemed necessary. The Budget is then sent to Council for formal adoption.
The City of Vernonia begins its budget process in January of each year. The 10-member Budget Committee is made up of all 4 City Councilors and the Mayor plus 5 citizens at large. The Budget Calendar is approved at a regularly scheduled City Council Meeting in January. The City of Vernonia Budget Committee typically meets 4 times a year. The first meeting takes place in April and is considered the "kick-off" meeting for the budget process. Staff presents the budget and the committee elects a chair and sets the schedule for discussing funds.
The public is welcome to attend all Budget Committee Meetings. Public Comment is received at the second Budget Committee Meeting during Public Input. However, The Committee will allow the public to comment at all meetings if time allows.
Agendas and Minutes
Agendas and Minutes Online