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Columbia River Gorge Commission

  Annual FTEs General Fund State Other Funds Total Funds
  (Dollars in Thousands)
Estimated Expenditures 7.0 964 1,056 2,020
2019-21 Maintenance Level 7.0 988 1,080 2,068
Difference from 2017-19 0.0 24 24 48
% Change from 2017-19 0.0% 2.5% 2.3% 2.4%

2019-21 Policy Other Changes

Land Use Planning Support 1.0 90 90 180
Access Database Replacement 0.0 213 213 426
Donated Funds - Landowner Outreach 0.0 0 10 10
Match Oregon Funding Level 0.0 (2) (2) (4)
Eliminate Unfunded Admin FTE (1.0) 0 0 0
2019-21 Policy Other Changes Total 0.0 301 311 612

2019-21 Policy Comp Changes

Non-Rep General Wage Increase 0.0 31 31 62
2019-21 Policy Comp Changes Total 0.0 31 31 62

2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes

CTS Central Services 0.0 (2) (2) (4)
DES Central Services 0.0 7 7 14
OFM Central Services 0.0 3 3 6
2019-21 Policy Central Services Changes Total 0.0 8 8 16
Total Policy Changes 0.0 340 350 690
2019-21 Policy Level 7.0 1,328 1,430 2,758
Difference from 2017-19 0.0 364 374 738
% Change from 2017-19 0.0% 37.8% 35.4% 36.5%

Policy Changes

Land Use Planning Support

Ongoing funding is provided for a land use planner to conduct compliance monitoring on approved development projects, develop and track measures on the commission's effectiveness in implementing the National Scenic Area Management Plan, and temporarily backfill other staff devoted to replacing the commission's Access database.

Access Database Replacement

A combination of one-time and ongoing funding is provided to replace the commission's Access database with a modern, customizable, cloud-based database system, thereby improving efficiency by standardizing operating procedures and eliminating cumbersome manual data entry and re-work. All historic case work, land use permit files and communications will be centralized to enable staff to respond to public record and information requests rapidly and with greater accuracy.

Donated Funds - Landowner Outreach

One-time funding is provided for the commission to partner with the Underwood Conservation District to provide outreach to landowners in Skamania and Klickitat counties regarding National Scenic Area (NSA) requirements and advice on resource-protective approaches to developing their lands. This assistance will better prepare these landowners for meeting applicable land use requirements when developing property within the NSA, thereby shortening turnaround time for commission staff to review land use applications.

Match Oregon Funding Level

Ongoing funding is reduced to match a reduction in Oregon state government service charges included in Governor Kate Brown's 2019-21 biennial budget recommendation to the Oregon Legislature.

Eliminate Unfunded Admin FTE

The agency's staffing authorization is adjusted ongoing to align FTEs with available funding.

Non-Rep General Wage Increase

Funding is provided for wage increases for state employees who are not represented by a union or who are covered by a bargaining agreement that is not subject to financial feasibility determination. It is sufficient for a general wage increase of 3 percent, effective July 1, 2019, and a general wage increase of 3 percent, effective July 1, 2020. This item includes both general government and higher education workers.

CTS Central Services

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency’s allocated share of charges from the Consolidated Technology Services Agency (WaTech) for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of Cyber Security, state network, security gateways, and geospatial imaging services.

DES Central Services

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency’s allocated share of charges from the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) for campus rent, utilities, parking, and contracts; a capital project surcharge; financing cost recovery; public and historic facilities; real estate services; risk management services; personnel service rates; the Perry Street child care center; and the department’s enterprise applications.

OFM Central Services

Agency budgets are adjusted to reflect each agency’s allocated share of charges from the Office of Financial Management (OFM) for the One Washington project and OFM enterprise systems.