The Budget Committee is a standing committee that reviews the proposed operating and capital budget each fiscal year and makes a recommendation on the budget to the City Council for final enactment.
The Budget Committee reviews the City's annual budget in accordance with Oregon's Local Budget Law and Oregon Administrative Rules. The Committee makes recommendations to the City Council on the annual budget, the Financial Management Goals and Policies, and on specific issues as directed by the Council. Budget Committee may also meet to discuss updates to long-range financial plans and policies.
A Citizen Subcommittee comprised of appointed Budget Committee members also meets to review performance measures and service profiles for City services in the fall of each year.
Throughout the fiscal year, the City Council may ask the citizen members of the Committee to study particular financial issues facing the City and to propose solutions or to develop recommendations for the Council. On a biennial basis, the Budget Committee also reviews and recommends changes to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP).
Public Comments and Testimony
Public comment is an important component of the Budget Committee meetings. At most Budget Committee meetings, a period of time is set aside for public comment, and each speaker usually has up to three minutes to share his or her views on the budget. A Budget Committee public hearing is also held before the budget is approved.
How to Provide Comment or Testify
If you have any questions or need more information on the Budget Committee work, please contact the Finance staff via email or by phone at 541-682-5512, or review our tips on how to testify before the Budget Committee.
Citizen representation on the Budget Committee is an important part of the local government budgeting in Oregon. Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS 294) require that citizen representatives participate in the review of the budget and approve the property taxes that are needed to balance the budget.
Citizen members of the Budget Committee are appointed for terms of three years by the City Council; appointed Committee members may apply for and be reappointed to a second three-year term. If you would like to apply for an open Budget Committee seat, please visit the City of Eugene Boards and Commissions site. The recruitment process normally takes place in January - March of every year, with the terms starting July 1.