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Business Services

The Business Services section provides administrative services, financial management, public affairs, procurement, and information technology services. 

2021-23 Legislatively Adopted Budget

For the 2021-23 biennium, the agency is forecasting an increase of 5% and 4.5% in revenues and expenditures, respectively (compared to the 2019‐21 Legislative Adopted Budget).  

Budget Comparison from 19-21 biennium to 21-23 biennium


The Marine Board is funded by motorized boat title and registration fees, Waterway Access permits, Guides & Outfitters registration fees, Mandatory Education registration fees, Floating Homes & Houseboats title and registration fees, and Towed Watersports permits. In addition, the agency receives federal funds from the US Coast Guard based on the number of registered motorboats and sailboats over 12 feet in length, The US Department of the Interior (Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act), and applies for the competitive Clean Vessel Act and Boating Infrastructure grant funds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The agency also receives fuel tax dollars from the Oregon Department of Transportation based on a quadrennial survey of motorized boaters on their gasoline consumption. 

The budget for the biennium 2021-23 projects total revenues of $36.9 million.

Revenue sources


The Marine Board expenditures are grouped into four main programs: Law Enforcement, Boating Facilities, Administration and Education, and Aquatic Invasive Species.

For the biennium 2021-23, the agency is budgeting $36.6 million of expenditures. 

Expenditures and allocations by fund type

Waterway Access Permit Revenue

Funding from the purchase of Waterway Access Permits is for providing grant funding and technical assistance for nonmotorized boating access and boating safety education.

Cities, counties, ports, park districts, state and federal agencies, as well as Tribal governments, can apply for Waterway Access Grants (WAG) to acquire property, develop, construct, renovate and improve nonmotorized recreational boating access. Additionally, non-governmental entities are eligible for boating safety education and equipment grant funds to support underserved communities.

WAG can assist governmental entities with these types of access improvements on Oregon's waterways:

Waterway access permit -forecasted revenue

Notes:  - Biennium 2019-21 comprises the period of July 2019 to June 2021.
             - Biennium 2021-23 comprises the period of July 2021 to June 2023.
            - The Waterway Access permit became effective in January 2020.

At the end of the biennium 2019-21 (July 2019 to June 2021), the revenue effectively collected from Waterway Access Permits reached $1,963,161. Likewise, for the same period, the Waterway Access Program expended $543,258 in grants and different support projects.