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									Fiscal Year 2006

The City of Portland, Oregon
Auditor’s Report to Residents
City Goals
• Build a family-friendly city,
where families can afford to live and children can be reared and educated in a supportive community. planning for both the success of our business community and individual and family prosperity. emergency preparedness by reviewing service delivery in the city and with our regional partners, ensure a safe and peaceful community. today and the future in an environmentally responsible manner. the City’s infrastructure.

Table of Contents
2 How We Have Progressed? 3 The City’s Budget 4 What’s Next?

City of Portland Characteristics
With a population of 556,370, the City comprises an area of approximately 145 square miles in northwestern Oregon. Located astride the Willamette River at its confluence with the Columbia River, Portland is the center of commerce, industry, transportation, finance and services for a metropolitan area of more than 2 million people. Portland is the largest city in Oregon, the seat of Multnomah County and the second largest city in the Pacific Northwest.

• Create a stronger economy,

• Enhance public safety and

• Meet the energy challenges of

• Continue the task of rebuilding

How the City Operates
Portland, incorporated in 1851, is a home rule charter city. The City Charter is the basic law under which the City operates and can be amended only by a vote of the people. The Charter provides for five nonpartisan Council members, called Commissioners, including the Mayor. The City Auditor is independently elected and conducts financial and performance audits and oversees other accountability programs in the City. They are elected atlarge to four-year terms. The positions are full-time and salaried. The Mayor is the formal representative of the City and is responsible for assigning each of the Commissioners responsibility for bureaus to manage. The Mayor and Commissioners act as legislators and administrators. Thus, Council members are responsible for both enacting and enforcing City laws, as well as administering bureaus under their supervision.

America’s Cleanest City is Portland!
Reader’s Digest compared data on the 50 most populous metropolitan areas in the US and Portland tops the list. What is a clean city? It’s a place where the air quality is good, the water is safe to drink and factories are not dumping harmful chemical waste into the environment. It’s also a place where you look up and down streets that are free of garbage, and stroll through litter-free parks.

Selected Demographic Information
Population Per	Capita	Income	(2004	data) Portland	MSA	Unemployment	Rate %	of	Total	Work	Force	in	Government #	of	City	Employees 	 	 550,560 	 $34,744 5.5% 15% 5,651

556,370 N/A 4.7% 16% 5,765

How We Have Progressed
Progress in Fiscal Year 2006
Significant Accomplishments: Fiscal Year 2005-2006
• “Sixteenth Annual Performance Measurement Report” was completed
and received a National Award for Excellence from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA)

Performance Measurement Findings
Included below are some results from the annual Resident Survey conducted by the Office of the City Auditor and provide information on resident satisfaction with City services.

• MetroFi wireless Web access, now covering part of downtown and the

near east side, will be the largest free city network of its kind. This first stage of a free wireless network was unveiled in December 2006 that aspires to make Web access available throughout the city within 18 months.

• In 2006, overall satisfaction with
police services improved for the first time in several years. rate the quality of fire service ‘good’ or ‘very good’, as they have consistently over the last 10 years.

• Frommer’s names Portland as a top travel destination for 2007. • SustainLane.com, a San Francisco-based web portal encouraging healthy
and sustainable living, has ranked Portland No. 1 for sustainability among the nation’s 50 largest cities. The ranking examines which cities are self-sufficient and ready for unexpected events like skyrocketing energy prices and natural disasters. Portland was selected for its ability to maintain healthy air, drinking water, parks and public transit access, combined with a the region’s robust, sustainable local economy. Portland’s economic success story includes green building, dense neighborhoods where it is easy to walk and bike, farmers markets, renewable energy and alternative fuels. America by Prevention Magazine and APMA (3/7/06). www.prevention.com/article/0,5778,s1-2-171-749-6707-1-P,00.html for creative workers (Nov. 05, Issue 100, pg. 63) www.fastcompany.com/magazine/100/open_ fast-cities.html

• Nine out of 10 Portland residents

• Portlanders rate City and neigh-

• Portland ranked number one on a list of the top ten walking cities in • Fast Company Magazine named Portland one of 15 up-and-coming hubs

borhood livability high, with 2006 survey results showing 79 percent of residents rate City livability as “good” or “very good” and 83 percent giving “good” or “very good” ratings to their neighborhood’s livability. are declining, with less than half of residents rating housing affordability in their neighborhood as “good” or “very good”. job local government is doing are “good” or “very good” from 63 percent of residents, up 10 percent from five years ago. Ten percent of residents rate the overall job of local government as “bad” or “very bad”, five percent fewer than five years ago.

• Affordability ratings, however,

City Service Statistics
FY 04-05
Emergency	Calls	to	Bureau	of		 Emergency	Communications:	 Non-Emergency	Calls:	 Calls	Dispatched	for	Police:		 Calls	Dispatched	for	Fire:	 Calls	Dispatched	for	Medical:		 Fire	Code	Enforcement	Inspections:		 Fire	Code	Violations	Found: Lane	Miles	of	Streets:		 Combined	Pipeline	(Sanitary	and	Storm	 Sewers)	(miles):		 Annual	water	usage	per	capita	(gallons):		 Water	delivered	(billion	gallons):		 Retail	water	customer	accounts:		 549,691 316,470

• Residents ratings of the overall
FY 05-06
495,800	 							294,256	 318,547 2,352	 40,283	 14,512 17,537 3,941 860 39,323 33.8 178,518

259,661 	 2,204 39,769 16,605 20,725 3,649 861 40,754 32.9 166,238

	 Source—City	Auditor’s	Office:	Service	Efforts	and	Accomplishments	Report


Complete city performance information is available at the city’s Web site, www.portlandonline.com/auditor/auditservices

The City’s Budget
Primary Government Sources of Revenue
2006 Revenues by Source
Bond	&	Note	Proceeds	 14% Misc	Sources	 3% Local	Sources	 4% State	Sources	 3% Federal	 Sources	 2% Beginning	Fund	 Balance	 31%

Revenues and Expenses
Revenues by Source
Beginning	Fund	Balance Taxes Licenses	and	Permits Service	Charges	&	Fees Federal	Sources State	Sources Local	Sources Miscellaneous	Sources Bond	&	Note	Proceeds Total Revenues:

465,678,049 342,221,027 120,675,200 392,488,024 65,528,838 57,177,288 65,933,520 53,267,749 421,903,993 1,984,873,688

662,697,211 357,595,383	 137,784,608 416,567,037 54,950,819 55,842,243 75,593,495 71,236,399 299,520,835 2,131,788,030

Service	 Charges	&	Fees	 20%

Taxes	 17%

Licenses	and	 Permits	 6%

Primary Government Functional Expenses
2006 Expenditures by Service Area
Public	Utilities	 26% Legal/Admin/ Support	 15%

Expenditures by Service Area
Legal/Admn/Support Community	Development Parks,	Recreation	&	Culture

226,410,013 254,758,702 87,161,458 331,633,080 178,530,447 338,404,751 1,416,898,451

238,605,576 304,503,031 90,897,901 357,347,266 175,020,980 415,869,573 1,582,244,327

Community		 Development	 19%

Public	Safety Transportation	&	Parking Public	Utilities Total Expenditures:1

Transportation		 &	Parking	 11%

Parks,	Recreation	 &	Culture	 6%

Total Expenditures do not include fund balance.

Public	Safety	 23%

Source—City	of	Portland	Office	of	Management	and	Finance

Our Independent Audits
Annual audits have consistently found that the City’s financial statements are accurate. The City pays low interest rates because its financial management has earned top bond ratings for over 30 years.

Complete financial information is available at the city’s Web site, www.portlandonline.com/omf

What’s Next? and Economic Outlook Future Challenges
For more information, please see the Auditor’s Office reports on government performance, available at www.portlandonline.com/ auditor/auditservices.

Challenges Moving Forward— What’s Next? Future Issues?
• The City is treating fewer miles of streets than five and 10 years ago • Residents are pleased with off-peak traffic, but remain concerned about
traffic during rush hour.

• Street maintenance backlog is increasing, despite consistent operating
expenditures for maintenance.

• Crime rate has declined considerably over the past 10 years—property
crimes are down 20 percent and crimes against persons are down 56 percent. of pedestrian safety increased.

• Residents feel safer in their neighborhoods and local parks, and ratings • 90 percent of emergency 911 calls are answered within 20 seconds. • Community policing efforts have not improved residents’ willingness

to help police or the number of residents who know their neighborhood police officer.

• A steadily increasing number of homeless adults are seeking shelter. • The percentage of renters spending more than half of their incomes for
housing remains higher than it was five years ago.

Gary Blackmer, Portland City Auditor 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 140 Portland, Oregon 97204 503.823.4078


Complete city performance information is available at the city’s Web site, www.portlandonline.com/auditor/auditservices

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