2023-2025 Biennium Budget

City of Ashland 2023-2025 Budget

The City of Ashland strives to deliver services that are essential and enhance the quality of life of Ashland’s citizens

Budget Facts

  • The City has a biennium budget (two years starting July 1, 2023-July 1, 2025)
  • The 23/25 BN Budget is $385,186,270 and includes administration, innovation & technology, finance, city recorder, police, fire & rescue, public works, community development, electric and parks & recreation.
  • The Citizen’s Budget Committee did not change the property tax levy which is set at $4.2865 per $1000 of assessed value. This levy rate has been unchanged since 2019.
  • There are 264.07 positions budgeted for in 23/25 biennium.

Budget Priorities

  • On March 21, 2023 the City Council adopted the following priorities for the 2023-2025 biennium budget:
  • Wildfire risk reduction and CEAP execution
  • Economic Development including development of eco-tourism like trails, ensuring city processes such as planning are supportive of attract new business and supporting those already here
  • Affordability including attainable housing and review of our rate structures for progressiveness in their livability
  • All with the underlying supporting principles of equity access and strong supportive city services with a customer service focus

City Organization Chart

City Council

Ashland has a Council-Manager form of government, with much of the City's business evolving through citizen committees that enhance public support and political stability.

The City Council is elected to serve as the governing body for Ashland's residents. The Mayor, who presides at the Council meetings, is elected at-large for a four-year term. Six Council members are elected at-large for four-year staggered terms.

Mayor Tonya Graham

Council Member Paula Hyatt, Position 1

Council Member Dylan Bloom, Position 2

Council Member Jeff Dahle, Position 3

Council Member Bob Kaplan, Position 4

Council Member Gina DuQuenne, Position 5

Council Member Eric Hansen, Position 6

Funds Summary

The General Fund is the City’s largest fund and houses most traditional municipal services supported by taxes. These taxes include property taxes, the Utility Users Tax (UUT), Transient Lodging Taxes (TLT), and Food & Beverage Tax (F&B). In addition to taxes, the General Fund receives money from franchise fees, charges for services, permits, and grants.

The City of Ashland gneral Fund Supports:

  • Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Public Works Support and Facilities, Parks
  • Innovation and Technology Information Systems
  • City Recorder
  • Social Services
  • Economic and Cultural Development
  • Police
  • Municipal Court
  • Fire and Rescue
  • City Band
  • Cemeteries
  • Community Development

The City also owns and operates self-supporting enterprise activities that include:

  • Electric Fund
  • Telecommunications Fund
  • Water Fund
  • SDC Water Fund
  • Stormwater Fund
  • SDC Stormwater Fund
  • Wastewater Fund
  • SDC Wastewater Fund

Funds Revenue

Funds Expenditures

Capital Uses

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is a living and evolving document that is built upon a foundation of master planning. The CIP requires biennial updates based on updated master plans, changes in need or prioritization, changes in funding mechanisms and changes to goals or policy directions.

Summary of Changes Between the Proposed Budget and Adopted Budget

On April 24, 2023, the City Manager’s Proposed Budget for the 2023-2025 Biennium was submitted to the Citizens’ Budget Committee for review and approval. During the process there were changes made to the recommended budget as reflected in the following chart. Below it, a list of changes and their descriptions are summarized and were incorporated into subsequent actions.

These changes resulted in the following:

1. Net increase to the General Fund budget of $263,758

2. Increase Charges in Housing Fund Budget $23,798

3. Increase Electrification and Conservation Budget by a $1,000,000 from Electric Ending Fund Balance, and Electric Distribution Dues of $95,000

4. Increase Water Treatment Debt by $747,000 and Water Conservation Charges by $98,050

5. Increase SDC Water Debt by $83,000

6. Increase Fleet Charges by $44,109

The Citizens’ Budget Committee voted to approve the Proposed Budget with these changes, and the City Council approved by resolution to Adopt the Biennium 2023-25 Budget on June 6, 2023.

Click here for the PDF Summary of Changes.

The city’s entire budget can be found at stories.opengov.com/ashlandor.

For specific questions or comments, please contact the Finance Office.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 541-488-5300

Website: Ashland.or.us

20 East Main St. Ashland, OR 9750