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The Benton County Finance and Tax and Budget offices are now located in the Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way, in Corvallis (see map).
The Budget Office is responsible for managing the preparation and execution of the county budget and the budgets of six service districts for which the Board of Commissioners is also the Governing Body. The purpose of the division is to support the achievement of County goals through planning, research and management of financial resources.
Formal meetings of the Budget Committee to review the budget are advertised as required by law. Notice of periodic Budget Committee work sessions is noticed as part of the Board of Commissioners weekly schedule. For more information, please e-mail or call the Budget Office at 541-766-6257.
Pat Cochran, the Budget Manager, is the designated Budget Officer for the County and each Service District.
The division's responsibilities are to:
The county budget process is generally defined by Oregon Local Budget Law ORS Chapter 294) and county financial policies. The Budget Officer oversees preparation of a proposed budget based on financial and policy parameters established by the Board of Commissioners with advice of the Budget Committee.
A Budget Committee consisting of three appointed citizens and the Board of Commissioners is presented a proposed budget for review and approval. A summary of the approved budget is published. Then the Board of Commissioners conducts a final public hearing and adopts the budget. All meetings discussing the budget are open to the public.
The budget process of each service district is similar. The county budget and one service district is prepared on a biennial basis. Five service district budgets are prepared on an annual basis.
The biennial budget period extends from July 1 two years to June 30. The annual budget period extends from July 1 to the following June 30.
The purpose of the Benton County Budget Office is to support the achievement of County goals through planning, research and management of financial resources.