Jargon-Free Budget Conversation

Update: Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year (July 1 - June 30) 2019-2020

Reading and understanding a local government budget is not an easy task. It's also not a task that is at the top of your to-do list.

But, we realize that your money is the only reason we are able to provide a library, parks, police, and more. We have a responsibility to help you understand the 'why' - Why do you fund a certain service? Why don't your spend money on another service? Why are our expenses increasing each year?

We only have your attention for a few minutes so let's make the most of it. You won't find any government jargon and acronyms here. We'll talk about the budget like the way you would talk to a neighbor about your weekend plans.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A trivia question will be posted every Sunday on social media and Your Tigard
  • You'll have one day to submit your answer.
  • We’ll check out the results and write a response with the current answer and explanation.
  • We’ll pick the next trivia question based on your suggestions.

Update: Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year (July 1 - June 30) 2019-2020

Reading and understanding a local government budget is not an easy task. It's also not a task that is at the top of your to-do list.

But, we realize that your money is the only reason we are able to provide a library, parks, police, and more. We have a responsibility to help you understand the 'why' - Why do you fund a certain service? Why don't your spend money on another service? Why are our expenses increasing each year?

We only have your attention for a few minutes so let's make the most of it. You won't find any government jargon and acronyms here. We'll talk about the budget like the way you would talk to a neighbor about your weekend plans.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • A trivia question will be posted every Sunday on social media and Your Tigard
  • You'll have one day to submit your answer.
  • We’ll check out the results and write a response with the current answer and explanation.
  • We’ll pick the next trivia question based on your suggestions.
  • I don't have time to read the entire budget. Any shortcuts you can suggest?

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    We asked the Mayor and Council and here's some advice.

    Mayor Snider: Read the City Manager’s budget message, skim the proposed budgets for the major departments funded by the General Fund (Police, Library, and Parks), and attend the Budget Committee Meeting on May 18th.

    Councilor Lueb: Come talk to us on May 18th and help us go through the budget. Let us know what's important to you and where you would like to see your dollars spent!

    Councilor Newton: Take a look at the budget document online, attend one of the Q and A’s and attend the Budget Committee meeting...

    We asked the Mayor and Council and here's some advice.

    Mayor Snider: Read the City Manager’s budget message, skim the proposed budgets for the major departments funded by the General Fund (Police, Library, and Parks), and attend the Budget Committee Meeting on May 18th.

    Councilor Lueb: Come talk to us on May 18th and help us go through the budget. Let us know what's important to you and where you would like to see your dollars spent!

    Councilor Newton: Take a look at the budget document online, attend one of the Q and A’s and attend the Budget Committee meeting on May 18.


  • What’s the best way to share this idea with the Mayor and Council?

    2 months ago
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    One of the City Council goal’s this year is “to engage with a wide variety of residents and businesses on important issues.” To help Council meet this goal, we’ve set up a number of ways for the community to share ideas or ask questions to the Mayor and Council. You can reach them online via the new “What’s on your mind?” feature. On the same page, you can invite them to an upcoming neighborhood event.

    You can also share budget-related questions at the Budget Committee meeting on May 18.


    One of the City Council goal’s this year is “to engage with a wide variety of residents and businesses on important issues.” To help Council meet this goal, we’ve set up a number of ways for the community to share ideas or ask questions to the Mayor and Council. You can reach them online via the new “What’s on your mind?” feature. On the same page, you can invite them to an upcoming neighborhood event.

    You can also share budget-related questions at the Budget Committee meeting on May 18.


  • Why do you leave the holidays lights on the big trees in front of City Hall and on Main Street?

    2 months ago
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    Very perceptive. The holiday lights do remain on the trees throughout the year. Here’s why: The rental cost for a lift basket has increased to $5,000 for each rental. It would cost an additional $5,000 to rent the lift basket to remove the lights. Our staff costs would also double. Rest assured that our parks staff check the lights each year and fix any of the bulbs which no longer work.

    Very perceptive. The holiday lights do remain on the trees throughout the year. Here’s why: The rental cost for a lift basket has increased to $5,000 for each rental. It would cost an additional $5,000 to rent the lift basket to remove the lights. Our staff costs would also double. Rest assured that our parks staff check the lights each year and fix any of the bulbs which no longer work.

  • Population Growth = Increase in Staffing?

    4 months ago
    Lonnie martinez at the deis public hearing in tigard


    Population growth does not always mean more city employees. We've actually reduced our staffing level on a number of occasions in the last ten years.

    2010: We made significant cuts in services, reducing the budget by $2.6 million and 17.20 full-time employees.

    2013: We reduced the budget by $1.9 million and 18 full-time employees.

    2019: We decreased the budget by $2.5 million and eliminated 13.4 full-time employees.

    In our weekly poll question, 80% of people responded with the incorrect answer. We've decreased our number of full-time employees by 3% since 2019.



    Population growth does not always mean more city employees. We've actually reduced our staffing level on a number of occasions in the last ten years.

    2010: We made significant cuts in services, reducing the budget by $2.6 million and 17.20 full-time employees.

    2013: We reduced the budget by $1.9 million and 18 full-time employees.

    2019: We decreased the budget by $2.5 million and eliminated 13.4 full-time employees.

    In our weekly poll question, 80% of people responded with the incorrect answer. We've decreased our number of full-time employees by 3% since 2019.


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  • $0.17 of My Property Tax Dollar

    4 months ago
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    More than 100 people answered our first "Sunday Cents" question. We posted the question on Facebook and Twitter. The answer is only 17% of your tax dollar goes to the City of Tigard.

    You get a lot of things for your $0.17. We use the money to bring you policing, parks, library, and a number of other services.

    We'll dig into this deeper in future entries, but property tax revenue is not enough to cover the costs of these services. This is due to a combination of factors such Oregon's property tax system and the rising cost of doing business.

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    More than 100 people answered our first "Sunday Cents" question. We posted the question on Facebook and Twitter. The answer is only 17% of your tax dollar goes to the City of Tigard.

    You get a lot of things for your $0.17. We use the money to bring you policing, parks, library, and a number of other services.

    We'll dig into this deeper in future entries, but property tax revenue is not enough to cover the costs of these services. This is due to a combination of factors such Oregon's property tax system and the rising cost of doing business.

    Below you can compare how much of your dollar goes to the city and how much goes to other places.

    Fun Fact: Our property tax rate is the 2nd lowest of cities in Washington County with a population over 5,000.
  • Meet the Budget Committee

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    Our Budget Committee reviews the proposed budget from the City Manager.
    • Mayor Jason Snider
    • Council President John Goodhouse
    • Councilor Tom Anderson
    • Councilor Liz Newton
    • Councilor Heidi Lueb
    • Chelsea Nance
    • Clifford Rone
    • Stephanie Veal
    • Timothy Cadman
    • Leah Voit - Alternate
    • Chris Bence

    Our Budget Committee reviews the proposed budget from the City Manager.
    • Mayor Jason Snider
    • Council President John Goodhouse
    • Councilor Tom Anderson
    • Councilor Liz Newton
    • Councilor Heidi Lueb
    • Chelsea Nance
    • Clifford Rone
    • Stephanie Veal
    • Timothy Cadman
    • Leah Voit - Alternate
    • Chris Bence