The Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District previously appointed District Manager Tom Salzer to serve as Budget Officer for the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget. The District is required to follow Oregon Local Budget Law in the development, approval, and adoption of the budget, because the District receives a voter-approved property tax levy.
Following is the summary message released on March 28, 2014 by Budget Officer Salzer. The complete budget message and the proposed budget are available as downloads below. The Budget Committee will meet on April 2, 2014 to receive these budget documents.
The 2014-2015 fiscal year begins July 1, 2014 and ends June 30, 2015.
Budget Message Summary
The District is primarily funded by a property tax levy
In 2006, voters authorized a property tax levy to fund our services to Clackamas County constituents.
We are doing the things we promised voters we would do
We are helping more people and we are investing more funds in on-the-ground conservation actions. The combination of stable funding, dedicated professional staff, solid management, and a deeply engaged Board of Directors assures continued delivery of high-quality and meaningful service to our customers.
We are recognized as a regional leader in conservation
Our work is recognized through several statewide awards received by the District and by landowners who have worked closely with us. Our people participate at all levels in Oregon’s conservation delivery system.
Our financial operations are sound and transparent
Audits of the District have identified no significant problems. Our internal controls help assure the safety of public funds under our stewardship. We operate transparently: meetings of the Board of Directors are public and minutes are published regularly. We also publish monthly financial transactions so our constituents can see where we are spending money.
Budgeting balances revenue and expenditures in order to meet the District’s goals
The budget shows what it costs to operate the District and to deliver services to our residents. It shows where we plan to invest funds in on-the-ground conservation actions, and it does so in a way that demonstrates our conservation priorities.
We add a fund to support the long-term conservation of working lands
We have used three funds to capture anticipated revenues and expenditures: the General Fund, the Conservation Fund, and the Building Reserve Fund. For the proposed budget, we add a new fund to conserve working lands. The new Working Lands Legacy Fund will support long-term protection of working lands (farms, fields, and forests) and the habitat associated with those lands. We propose a new department for managing easements and lands held by the District.
We focus more effort on conservation opportunities related to horse operations
The District works continually toward improving service delivery to our customers. People who own horses represent a group that has significant impact on natural resources, so we plan to focus more resources on conservation opportunities on these operations.
Tom Salzer, Budget Officer