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State agency budgets cover one biennium or two fiscal years. A biennium runs from July 1 of an odd-numbered year to June 30 of the next odd-numbered year (e.g, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019). The budget development process has 3 major phases: Agency Request, Governor's Recommended, and Legislatively Adopted budgets. The agency operates under the Legislatively Adopted Budget for the biennium.
Agencies start budget development early in even-numbered years to develop their agency request budget. The budget starts with the cost of maintaining existing programs, then adds, removes, or adjusts the budget with what are called packages. The agency request budget lays out finances and policies for consideration by the Governor.
The Governor and his Chief Financial Office review the budget request and use the Governor’s priorities, budget policies, and current law to make budget decisions, revising what the agency requested. The Governor’s Budget gets presented to the Legislature for consideration.
During legislative sessions in odd-numbered years the Governor’s Budget is presented to the Legislature. Legislative committees review the proposed budget and hold public hearings to hear from the agency and the public. Each agency budget has a budget bill that gets voted on by the legislature. Budget bills that are enacted into law make up the legislative adopted budget. Agencies carry out, or execute, the budget over the 2-year budget period. The budget can be adjusted during legislative sessions of even-numbered years or by meetings of the legislative emergency board. The Legislatively Adopted Budget along with these changes makes up the Legislatively Approved Budget.
Since 1999, 7.5% of the State Lottery Funds have been allotted to the Department of Administrative Services to transfer to OWEB’s Restoration and Protection subaccount. These funds are set aside for the public purpose of financing the restoration and protection of native salmonid populations, watersheds, fish and wildlife habitats, and water quality in Oregon and are distributed as follows:
The PCSRF was established by Congress in 2000 to address the need to protect, restore, and conserve Pacific salmon and steelhead. Congress provides PCSRF funds to the 6 Pacific states and several Northwest tribal governments that actively assist in the recovery of native salmonids listed under the federal Endangered Species Act. OWEB applies and competes regionally for PCSRF dollars each year. Once received, OWEB is responsible for distributing PCSRF funds to projects in Oregon and is allowed to use 3% of those funds for grant administration. OWEB allocates PCSRF funds to projects that specifically benefit salmon and steelhead species and address the PCSRF Program Priorities. OWEB’s primary source of federal funds is PCSRF.
OWEB competes for grants in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program and receives funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Salmon plate registration surcharges from the Oregon Department of Transportation are dedicated through ORS 805.256 for activities under ORS 541.945 relating to the restoration and protection of watersheds, native fish and wildlife habitat, and water quality. OWEB also receives funds from the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission for the Upper Middle Fork John Day Intensively Monitored Watershed project. In addition, the budget includes a policy package funded from the Oregon Department of Forestry for the Forest Health Collaborative grants and support.
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