A Message from the Mayor

Mayor’s Message – Award Winning Budget Season

One of the most important tasks we have as the Mayor and City Council is ensuring your tax dollars are well spent. Of your property tax dollars, only 4% comes to the City for general operations. With additional voter approval, another 8% goes towards Public Safety and 3% goes towards Parks and Recreation. The other 85% of your tax bill goes to other service providers such as the North Clackamas School District, Clackamas Fire, Clackamas County, and more. As a City Council, all we control are the tax dollars the City receives.

Just this last month, we had our annual Budget Committee meeting to discuss how city tax dollars and other revenues are spent. Like many cities, the Happy Valley Municipal Code follows Oregon State Law by requiring an annual budget to be balanced and adopted by the City Council no later than the end of June. Getting to this point involves a review of prior trends, projections for the future, and analysis. Most importantly, it involves input and approval from the Budget Committee which includes five local residents and the City Council members.

Despite a global pandemic, the City is in a positive financial position. This last year has been challenging with increased costs to respond to COVID-19 and support local businesses through the state-mandated closures. However, with careful spending, we are coming out from this last year with a positive outlook. The budget we adopted allows us to continue funding the services that you have come to expect such as street sweeping, maintenance of public areas, code enforcement, land use planning, economic development, and community events.

At the same time we adopted our budget for this upcoming year, we also learned that the City was given the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the national Government Finance Officers Association for the previous year’s budget. This is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and demonstrates the City’s commitment to financial transparency.

Thank you to the Budget Committee, my fellow City Council members, and our dedicated staff for ensuring we spend local resources wisely and in a manner that advances our community priorities.

Mayor Ellis

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