Now is the time for people to get involved in helping local government agencies plan how they will spend money for the coming year.
From school boards, to fire and water districts, to city councils and county commissions, local officials across Douglas County have a slew of meetings planned to construct and adopt budgets for the 2017-18 fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30, 2018.
Usually city governments begin planning out their budgets at a budget committee meeting once they know how much they will receive in state revenues. Then they host a public hearing at which city councils adopt the budgets.
Following are budget meeting and hearing dates for cities across Douglas County, including the county budget. They may be subject to change as dates draw nearer. Contact the respective city hall for more information. The deadline for the tax assessor to receive finalized budgets is July 15.
DOUGLAS COUNTY: County staff will announce budget committee meetings on its website on May 8. The county’s budget committee will receive a proposed budget on May 15. The committee will hold meetings on May 22 and 23. The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on June 21. It will then adopt the budget, make appropriations, impose tax and categorize taxes on June 28. Meetings are held at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1036 S.E. Douglas Ave., Roseburg. 541-957-2471.
ROSEBURG: Roseburg councilors will host a Budget 101 Training at 4:30 p.m. April 25. It will host budget committee meetings at 7 p.m. May 2 and May 9 at city hall. Those meetings will continue, if necessary, on May 10 and 11. The city council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. July 12. Meetings are held at city hall, 900 S.E. Douglas Ave. 541-492-6866.
SUTHERLIN: The Sutherlin City Council has already held its budget committee meetings. It will hold its public hearing at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. May 8. Meetings are held at the civic auditorium behind city hall, 126 E. Central Ave. 541-459-2856.
WINSTON: Winston will hold its first budget committee meeting at 7 p.m. April 27 at city hall, 201 Northwest Douglas Blvd. The second meeting will be held at 8 a.m. May 6 at the Winston Fire Department, 250 S.E. Main St. The committee may hold a third meeting, if necessary, at 7 p.m. May 9. The council will hold its public hearing at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. June 5. There will be another hearing to adopt the budget at 7 p.m. June 19 at the council’s regular meeting. For more information, call city hall at 541-679-6739.
MYRTLE CREEK: The budget committee meetings have already passed. City staff will publish the proposed budget summary on June 21. The council will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 20 at city hall, 207 N.W. Pleasant St. 541-863-3171.
OAKLAND: The budget committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 26 at city hall, 637 N.E. Locust St. The public hearing will be held at the city council’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. June 6. 541-459-4531.
YONCALLA: The Yoncalla City Council will hold its committee meeting at 7 p.m. May 16. The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. June 13. Both will be held at city hall, 2640 Eagle Valley Road. 541-849-2152.
ELKTON: The Elkton City Council will hold its budget committee meeting and its public hearing at its regular meeting at 8:30 a.m. May 11 at city hall, 66 First St. 541-584-2547.
DRAIN: The budget committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. April 26 at the Drain Civic Center, 205 West A Ave. The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. June 12. For more information, call 541-836-2417,
REEDSPORT: The budget committee meetings have already passed. The council will adopt its budget at a public hearing at 7 p.m. June 5 at city hall, 451 Winchester Ave. 541-271-1989.
CANYONVILLE: The budget committee meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 18 at city hall, 250 N. Main St. The council will consider adopting the budget at its public hearing at 7 p.m. June 19. For more information, call 541-839-4258.
GLENDALE: The first budget committee meeting already passed. There will be a second meeting at 6 p.m. May 2. The public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. May 23. The meetings will be held at city hall, 124 3rd St. 541-832-2106.
RIDDLE: The budget committee meeting and public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. May 22 at city hall, 647 First Ave. 541-874-2571.