Our Town: Tax Assistance | Budget Development | Cooper Mountain Homes

Our Town: Tax Assistance | Budget Development | Cooper Mountain Homes

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Fiscal Year 2024-25 Budget Development: The city invests hundreds of millions of dollars each year in our community to maintain valuable services like public safety, roads, quality drinking water, the library, and so much more. To do this, the city is required to adopt a balanced operating and capital budget that aligns expenses with available resources.

Last year, the city embarked on an effort to improve its budget process. The City Council formed its first-ever fiscal sustainability subcommittee, developed budget principles to guide decision making, and created a fiscal sustainability plan to address long-term needs. We also hosted community sessions to improve transparency and encouraged participation that would help shape budget outcomes.

As a result of additional work, hard choices, and collaboration, we closed an unprecedented $10 million general fund gap, kept core services and operations going, and invested $465 million right back in our neighborhoods.

As we proceed with budget preparation for fiscal year 2024-25, we look to build upon the progress that has been made with the recognition that there is more work to be done. This includes new strategies and improvements to the way we operate as we work to secure our long-term financial health. Fiscal year 2024-25 projects similar budget challenges, including a $5 million general fund shortfall resulting from continued inflation, supply chain issues, rising costs, and modest revenue growth.

Community members are encouraged to stay up to date on budget development and learn more about how the budget works. Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/Budget for an overview of the budget process, upcoming budget meetings, and additional resources.

 

Upcoming Budget Dates:

  • May 7: Budget Committee Meeting
  • May 14:Budget Committee Meeting, Public Hearing
  • 4: City Council Meeting, Public Hearing

 

What is the budget?

The budget is a tool used to set policy and summarize the public services provided. It is our annual plan and the way we determine the funds coming into the city and how we will pay for work that needs to be done.

Council to review draft Cooper Mountain development rules: Rules that will guide future Cooper Mountain development — including about 5,000 new homes and natural resource protection — are scheduled for City Council discussion on Tuesday, Apr. 16.

The draft proposed development rules would apply zoning to Cooper Mountain properties to determine the allowed mix of uses and site and building design expectations. This includes provisions related to minimum density, maximum building height, and setbacks as well as proposed rules to promote natural resource protection and substantial tree canopy.

Visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CooperMountain to learn more, including a map that shows locations for zoning districts, special natural resources rules, and parks.

In addition, the Planning Commission is scheduled to review the draft rules on Wednesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 22 and is expected to have a public hearing in July to start the adoption process.

Cooper Mountain is a 1,200-acre urban growth boundary expansion area bordering Beaverton that will eventually be home to about 5,000 homes, more than 10,000 residents, parks, commercial areas, trees, and natural resources.

 

To sign up for project updates, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/CooperMountain.

For more information, contact Rob Zoeller, Senior Planner, Community Development Department by email at rzoeller@BeavertonOregon.gov or by phone at 503-526-3730.