Letter to the Budget Committee & the Citizens of Beaverton
As required by Chapter 294 of Oregon Revised Statutes and Chapter V, Section 19 subsection H of the Beaverton City Charter, I submit the City's adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13.
This is the fourth year of my administration, and we have prepared a quality budget document for the Budget Committee and the Citizens of Beaverton. The budget focuses on implementation of the goals and vision of the City and especially reflects the award-winning efforts of the Beaverton Community Visioning Program that involved more than 5000 citizens over several years. Progress on the Visioning Program’s Action Plans will appear in nearly every program in the budget. The Civic Plan expresses many of the goals and targets of the Visioning Program aimed at revitalizing the central core of Beaverton to provide identity for downtown, create jobs and improve property values. I congratulate the citizens who worked for and supported the Central Beaverton Urban Renewal Plan at the polls in November 2011. This redevelopment program will permit the Beaverton Urban Renewal Authority (BURA) to implement much of the Civic Plan.
As always the budget reflects our continuing enhanced law enforcement and citizen safety activities, maintaining the City’s stable financial position, expanding the public’s understanding and involvement in our city government, enhancing City sustainability efforts, expanding business assistance, retention and attraction, providing excellent customer service to Beaverton citizens, and continuing the key elements of my 10 Point Plan that began in FY 2010-11. This is a goal-oriented, fiscally conservative budget that pursues an ambitious set of goals with all of our fiscal, physical and people resources.
The adopted budget continues to achieve the City Council’s long-range goals. You will find references to these goals throughout the budget document.
The goals are
- Preserve and enhance our sense of community.
- Use City resources efficiently to ensure long-term financial stability.
- Continue to plan for, improve and maintain the City’s infrastructure.
- Provide responsive, cost effective service to the community.
- Assure a safe and healthy community.
- Manage growth and respond to change consistent with maintaining a livable, full-service city.
- Maintain Beaverton as a regional leader in cooperative efforts with other agencies and organizations.
- Provide and support a highly qualified and motivated City work force.