View the City Budget


​The City of Salem budget is presented in two volumes or books. The fiscal year 2021 budget is organized around the community's and Council's expectations of services from the City, or result areas. These result areas come from the vision, mission, and values in the strategic plan and provide the framework for presentation of the budget.

Residents have an opportunity to review and provide input on the FY 2021 proposed budget . As part of the public process, the Budget Committee will be considering the proposed budget, taking public comment, approving the property tax levy, and recommending a budget to City Council for adoption.

​Proposed budget

The proposed budget is reviewed by the Budget Committee during weekly public meetings in April and May. The committee recommends a budget to the City Council and approves the rate of the City's property tax levy. The City is required to have a balanced budget adopted by the City Council prior to July 1. Find out more about how to get involved.

Proposed Budget Book 1 FY 2020-21
Proposed Budget Book 2 FY 2020-21

​Adopted budget

Adopted Budget Book 1 FY 2019-20Includes service area budgets for all City departments and project-level budgets for capital improvements.
Adopted Budget Book 2 FY 2019-20Includes budgets for debt service and capital improvements in the urban renewal areas as well as budgets for the Salem Convention Center

Purposes of the City budget

​The City of Salem budget is a legal document providing City authority to spend public money. The City budget is:

  • a one year financial plan based upon estimates for revenues and expenses
  • a guide to promote valid and accurate accounting, used by City Council, staff, and City auditors
  • a policy document that reflects the plans and priorities of the City and communicates these goals to the public

Oregon budget law

The budget is prepared in accordance with Oregon Budget Law, Chapter 294 and must be balanced. The law establishes standard procedures for preparing, presenting, and administering the budget. It defines the role of the Budget Committee. The law also requires citizen involvement in preparation of the budget and public disclosure of the budget before adoption by the City Council. Determined by law, the City operates on a fiscal year, beginning July 1 and ending June 30.

​Budget in brief

The budget in brief provides a consolidated, summary-level view of current funding for City services. View the budget in brief for FY 2018-19.

​Past adopted budgets

Adopted Budget Book 1 FY 2018-19 
Adopted Budget Book 2 FY 2018-19 
Adopted Budget Book 1 FY 2017-18 
Adopted Budget Book 2 FY 2017-18 
Adopted Budget Book 3 FY 2017-18 
Adopted Budget Book 1 FY 2016-17  
Adopted Budget Book 2 FY 2016-17  
Adopted Budget Book 3 FY 2016-17  

Contact us

Budget Office
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 230
Salem OR 97301