City of Tigard

Funding the Future

annual_report_quoteIn 2014, the City of Tigard began a journey to define the direction we wanted to take over the next 20 years. Our ideas came together around a strong vision to become the most walkable community in the Pacific Northwest where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives.

Since then, we’ve done a lot to move us closer to our vision, but much has changed. Tigard’s population has grown by about one percent each year and our boundaries have extended to cover an additional 500 acres. This has increased demand for city services and put more strain on our aging infrastructure—including streets, sidewalks, sewers, trails and even playground equipment.

At the same time Tigard’s property taxes, which are the second lowest in the county for cities with over 5,000 residents, have not kept pace with our growth. As a result:

  1. Over the past five years the Tigard Police Department response rate to emergency calls (priority 1 & 2) has increased by approximately 20%. (The response rate in FY 2016-17 was 6 min and 25 seconds.)Public Works Crew
  2. We have fewer police officers and librarians than we did eight years ago.
  3. Our paving backlog is at 22 miles and there are 27 miles of streets without sidewalks.
  4. More than 58 acres of parkland are undeveloped.
  5. There is no long-term funding plan for our Safe Routes to School program.

These are just a few examples of how our service levels are eroding; if we continue on our current financial path, the decline will become more and more evident.

Our annual report provides information about some of the city's key accomplishments in FY 2016-17; projects and programs that have helped us maintain the standards you expect. The dedication of people who work for the city every day made these possible. We would rather be investing in our community, but the current situation means we are doing more with less—and have been for some time. This is not sustainable, nor is healthy for any aspect of our city.

This is why our City Council is considering what needs to be done to secure funding for core city services – police, library, community events, infrastructure, etc. It’s time we step up and have a direct conversation about what kind of city you want Tigard to be in 10 years, and what it will take to ensure that Tigard is a safe community with a sound future.
I look forward to working with everyone as we move toward our vision.

Mayor John L. Cook

Annual report statistics


Types Of Revenue


  • About 3/4’s of the City’s revenue is restricted.
  • Restricted revenue can only be used for specific/designated purposes.
  • Some common examples of restricted revenue are seen on your monthly utility bill; these are the fees for:
    • Water
    • Sewer
    • Stormwater management
    • Street Maintenance
    • Parks & Recreation
  • Restricted revenues cannot be used to pay for General Fund Services.


Revenue vs Expense

Property taxes make up 44 percent of the City of Tigard’s General Fund Revenue (In 2016 that 44 percent equaled $14.3 million.)

The largest portion of Tigard’s General Fund expenses (47 percent) goes to the Tigard Police Department. (In 2016, the expenses for the Tigard Police Department equaled $14.9 million.)

"Other" expenses, which account for 17 percent of the General Fund Expenses include:

  • Capital Projects
  • Municipal Court
  • City Council

The "Fees, Licenses, Permits and Fines" that make up 36 percent of the city’s General Fund Revenue include:

  • Franchise Fees from utilities – for using the city’s right-of-way
  • Traffic Fines
  • Business Licenses
  • Land use fees

The "Federal, State and Local Sources and Grants" section includes revenue from WCCLS and Tigard’s share of state taxes.

Background Materials

Advisory Team
Levy and Bond Advisory Task Force

At Your Service
Staff Profiles

Your Property Tax Dollars

Your Property Taxes
Did you know... 

  • Tigard’s property tax rate is the second lowest of cities in Washington County with a population over 5,000.
  • The average household in Tigard pays about $4,000 per year in property taxes, but only 17 percent of that (approximately $680) goes to the city and, as you might imagine, that doesn’t cover all the costs of services like police, parks and recreation, library and infrastructure.
  • In community surveys people tell us they are very satisfied with city services and believe they receive good value for their taxes. We want to continue providing the high levels of service the community expects and values, but our costs are going up faster than our revenues.
  • We invite you to learn more about Tigard’s budget challenges and share your thoughts about what’s important to you and sustainable solutions for a financially healthy future.

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