Mayor’s Corner: May 2023

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In last month’s Mayor’s Corner, I shared with you the City Council’s goals and priorities for the next two years: reduce houselessness, improve climate, modernize and improve our city services, and enhance public safety and accessibility. 

These core goals are front and center in the proposed budget plan for Tigard for the City’s upcoming fiscal year, which runs from July 2023 to June 2024. The budget plan was released by City Manager Steve Rymer on April 7.

While the full budget document can be technical, our City’s budget is one of the most important decisions we make every year. After all, our budget reflects our values. It’s also a roadmap: it charts a course for the City’s priorities and investments for the year ahead. It says where we are going today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

One of my goals is to make our city government work better, make it easier to understand, and make it easier to navigate.

That’s why we have created a new website, where you can read summaries of the budget plan, read about where Tigard’s resources come from and how we invest those resources, and explore the entire budget proposal itself. Check it out at: www.tigard-or.gov/your-government/city-budget

Over the next several weeks, we are holding public Budget Committee meetings where we will discuss and deliberate the proposed budget. Council will then consider and adopt the FY2024 budget in mid-June.

I encourage you to learn more and share your thoughts with the Budget Committee, City Council, and me about the budget and how Tigard’s government can work better for you. You can reach me at 971-435-0964 or heidil@tigard-or.gov, or you can connect to the whole City Council at CouncilMail@tigard-or.gov. I look forward to hearing from you, and I hope to see you in our community soon!

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