The Newly Approved Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016
Following the Budget Committee's presentation of the Proposed
Annual Budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 and discussion with the
Board at the recent Board Meeting on March 10th, the Proposed Budget
was provisionally adopted by the Board at the same Meeting.
As required by law, the 2015-2016 Provisional Budget was publicly
posted and available for public review ("sunshined") for
a 20-day minimum period prior to its final review at the April 14th
Board Meeting (as specified in the LB-1 Budget Hearing Notice for
the Proposed Budget document). [In actual fact, the proposed Provisional
Budget was publicly posted for 31 days, from 3-14-15 through 4-14-15.]
During the public "sunshine" period, Proposed Budget
concerns or questions from our constituents can be directed to our
Board members or brought up at the Board meeting date listed on
the LB-1, when any questions or concerns are given due consideration
before the adoption of the Final Budget at that meeting. During
the recent sunshine period, however, no questions or concerns were
brought forward to the Board.
At the recent April 14th Board meeting, after a brief review,
the Proposed Provisional Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 was adopted
by the Board as the Final Budget for FY 2015-2016.
The Final Budget as approved will now be submitted to the State
of Oregon before the June 30th deadline.
The Board extends its thanks and gratitude to this year's Budget
Committee (Lisa Buttrey, Karen Dwyer, and Sharron Halvorson) for
their very excellent work that enables the budget process to be
a smooth one for all involved, and results in a workable, foresightful
budget for our district's continued operational needs.
The LB-1 Budget Hearing Notice for the Provisional Budget for
2015-2016 was available for public viewing as of
March 14th, 2015 for a minimum of 20 days as required by Oregon
State law: [The LB-1 Notice was also publicly posted for 31 days,
from 3-14-15 through 4-14-15.]
The Budget Committee Meeting during the recent March 10th Board
Meeting was also publicly noticed, as required by law:
the Budget Committee Meeting Public Notice (pdf).
For more information on the Budget process, see below.
The Current Operating Budget: 2014-2015
(In effect from July 1st, 2014 until July
Budget for 2014-2015 (1
page - PDF format)
[The Proposed and Final Budgets are the same.]
The Colestin Rural Fire District 2014-2015 Proposed Budget was
approved and adopted as the 2014-2015 Final Budget and was submitted
to the State of Oregon prior to the June 30th, 2014, deadline for
Prior to this, the 2014-2015 Budget as proposed was available for
public review and comment for a minimum period of 30 days, posted
on this website as well as in printed form in designated locations
within the local community.
The Budget Committee:
Our Budget Committee members for the new 2014-2015
Budget now being prepared are: Sharron Halvorson, Lisa Buttrey and
Karen Dwyer. Sharron and Lisa have served on the Committee for the
past 13 years; Karen has served for the past 10 years.
We are very thankful for their work on this year's budget, and
are grateful for the knowledge and experience that they each bring
to the task of preparing and finalizing the budget, and for the
time they give to do it.
The committee continues to be assisted by Teri Thomas, who serves
on the Board and is also our Board Treasurer. Teri's background
in accounting is a wonderful resource for the Board, and we are
very fortunate to have her help and expertise with the budget preparation.
The Budget Process:
Every year, the operating budget is reviewed line by line by the
Budget Committee for the Board of Directors and the Chief, usually
starting at the March Board meeting. Any needed changes are discussed.
During subsequent meetings, any further recommendations and changes
are discussed, and upon approval are incorporated into the proposed
budget for the next fiscal year. Once all changes are finalized,
the Budget committee presents a final review of the proposed budget.
If there are no additional changes at that time, the budget is tentatively
The Proposed Budget is then "sunshined" for public comment
for a 20-day period. [Note: this was changed in 2013 by the State
of Oregon from 30 days to 20 days for publicly posted notices within
the district.] During this period, any concerns or questions raised
by our constituent community members can be directed to our Board
members, or brought up at the next Board meeting on the date specified
in the LB-1 Budget Hearing Notice for the Proposed Budget document
by any community members who wish to attend. Any questions or concerns
from community members will be given due consideration before the
Final Budget is adopted. Once adopted, the Final Budget is submitted
to the Secretary of State in Oregon by June 30th.
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