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City officials say the shift to a two-year budgeting process would help meet city priorities while still being nimble.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Hillsboro Civic Center is where the city's business is conducted. The city council is weighing whether to shift to a two-year budgeting cycle or stick with the traditional one-year budget process.Hillsboro is in the process of moving to a two-year budgeting process starting next year, instead of the traditional one-year budget cycle.

Officials say this won't impact the city's operations or the council's ability to shift funds and priorities should the need arise.

"This will not inhibit the city's ability to be nimble and it will allow us a longer planning horizon," said Hillsboro communications director Patrick Preston in an email. "A budget (is) a tool, a plan. Plans need to be set in such a way they can be altered as additional information becomes available."

He also noted that this is something that city officials have been looking into for several years.

Eugene is transitioning to a two-year budget as well.

"Moving to a biennium budget allows additional time to plan for and implement city council priorities and other initiatives," Preston added. "Once we work through the transition, this change will pay off in time savings that can be utilized toward direct service to our community."

The Hillsboro City Council approved a resolution to move to a biennium budget unanimously at the Aug. 2 city council meeting.


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