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About the Multnomah County Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission

One of our primary statutory duties is to publish an annual report on the budgets, debt, and property taxation of local governments primarily located in Multnomah County. The current annual report is available for viewing on the Annual Report tab above. Our website also has prior year reports, and a wealth of other information on local governments and school districts located in Multnomah County.
Most local governments operate on an annual budget cycle. From January through March, they are busy with three different budgets:
  • They are reporting (completing the annual audit process) on the 2019-20 fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2020.
  • They are implementing and monitoring the current fiscal year budget (FY 2020-21) that started on July 1, 2020.
  • They are planning and developing their 2021-22 fiscal year budget, which will start on July 1, 2021. 
The following graphic, courtesy of the City of Troutdale, illustrates the budget cycle and theJanuary-March activities.  

During the April – June period, the districts are presenting their proposed budgets to the their budget committees. The budget committees are made up of the governing board, and for most jurisdictions, an equal number of citizen volunteers. The committees take public testimony, deliberate the budget, and make changes to the budget as the committee sees fit.  Then they approve the budget and the tax levies for the district, and send the budget on to the governing board to adopt.   The governing board can also change the budget as they see fit, but those changes are limited and they can not increase the tax levy beyond what the budget committee approved. 
In adopting the budget, the governing board creates appropriations which are both the legal authority to spend money and the legal limit for those expenditures. 
The last step of the budget process is for the districts to submit their tax levies to the county assessor. The assessor takes over from there and levies the taxes, collects the taxes, and transmits the tax revenue to the districts.  
There are 43 local governments primarily located in Multnomah county: cities, k-12 school districts, community college districts, and regional special districts (soil and water conservation districts, fire districts, water districts, TriMet, the Port, Metro). See the full list on our Districts page. All of these districts will be preparing their FY22 budgets over the next few months. The process will conclude when each district’s governing board adopts the budget by June 30. 
For more information on this process – the budget cycle – browse our website and feel free to contact us with your questions. 


For the duration of the Corona Virus Pandemic, TSCC staff will be working from home. Please continue to use our normal email and phone numbers to contact us. Leave a voice mail on our office phones, and we will receive it through the email system. For immediate assistance call Craig’s cell phone.

          Tunie Betschart                 tunie.betschart@multco.us               503 988-3054

Craig Gibons            craig.gibons@multco.us         503 988-4131            541 520-5445 (Cell)



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