Benton County, Oregon

Making Benton County a Better Place to Live
Printed on Mar 29, 2015 @ 7:14 PM


Welcome to Benton County Budget

We've Moved

The Benton County Finance and Tax and Budget offices are now located in the Sunset Building, 4077 SW Research Way, in Corvallis (see map).



About Us

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.

Budget Division Functions

Pat Cochran, the Budget Manager, is the designated Budget Officer for the County and each Service District.

The division's responsibilities are to:

  • Oversee scheduling and preparation of biennial or annual budget processes
  • Ensure all legal requirements for review, adoption and filing of documents and tax levies are met
  • Monitor budget activity during the year and recommend adjustments as necessary
  • Prepare periodic financial reports for the Board of Commissioners and Budget Committee
  • Conduct research on finance and management issues as requested by the Board of Commissioners

The Budget Process

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.

Budget Hearings

Benton County and the Benton County Library Service District are biennial budgets.  The current biennium budget began July 1, 2013 and ends June 30, 2015.  The budget process for the 2015-17 biennia has begun.Formal Budget Committee review of the 2015-17 proposed budgets will be scheduled to begin April 14th.  For a tentative schedule click here.  Meetings to review the proposed budget are scheduled and advertised as required by law, including notice provided on this web page.

The budget process for fiscal year 2014-15 for the Alpine, Alsea, Alsea Human Services, Cascade View and South Third Service Districts was completed with adoption on June 17, 2014. The budget process for 2015-16 has begun. For a tentative schedule click here.

As needed, and required by law, public hearings are advertised and conducted periodically by the Board of Commissioners to modify the current budget.  Notices of these hearings are posted on this website and published or mailed as required by law.