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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).  

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


The Marine Board does not receive state general funds or lottery dollars. The agency is funded by boaters through:

  • Motorized boat title and registration fees
  • Waterway Access permits
  • Guides & Outfitters registration fees
  • Mandatory Education registration fees
  • Floating Homes & Houseboats title and registration fees
  • Towed Watersports Endorsements

Federal funding also comes from the US Coast Guard. The funding amount depends on the number of registered motorboats and sailboats over 12 feet in length.

Other federal dollars include:

  • US Department of the Interior (Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act) Clean Vessel Act
  • Boating Infrastructure grant funds from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Every four years, the agency surveys motorized boaters on their gasoline consumption. The Oregon Department of Transportation transfers fuel tax dollars back to the agency.

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

Revenue sources


There are four agency sections receiving the bulk of revenue; returned to boaters for services:

  • Marine Law Enforcement (on-water enforcement, training, equipment)
  • Boating Facilities (grants for boating access & education)
  • Administration and Education (agency operations & boating safety)
  • Aquatic Invasive Species (prevention, education & inspection stations)

The Marine Board does not receive state general funds or lottery dollars. The agency is funded by boaters through:

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

Expenditures and allocations by fund type

Waterway Access Permit Revenue -Returned to Boaters

Waterway Access Permit revenue goes back out to eligible applicants in the form of Waterway Access Grants (WAG). 

Eligible grant applicants include:

  • Cities,
  • Counties,
  • Ports,
  • Park districts,
  • State and federal agencies, and
  • Tribal governments

Grant dollars can be used to:

  • buy property,
  • develop, construct, renovate and improve nonmotorized recreational boating access
  • promote boating safety education and buy equipment for boating programs in underserved communities.

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

Image with text of types of projects that can be used with Waterway Access Grant dollars
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.

From July 2019 to June 2021, the revenue collected from Waterway Access Permits reached $1,963,161. During the same period. the Marine Board awarded $543,258 in grants and different support projects.