Budget Committee

Notice of Budget Committee Meeting

The Bethel School District Budget Committee will hold a meeting to discuss the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. The meeting will be held May 13, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bethel School District Administrative Office Boardroom located at 4640 Barger Drive, Eugene, Oregon. The meeting will also be accessible virtually. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and hear comments from the public on the budget.

Public comment will be taken either in-person, via Zoom Webinar, or in writing and will be limited to three minutes per speaker. To sign up for public comment via Zoom Webinar, please complete this form prior to the start of the meeting. Community members may also submit written comments via email to publiccomment@bethel.k12.or.us. Budget Committee Members will have access to written public comments submitted by noon the day of the meeting. Information to join the meeting virtually will be available on the agenda posted on Bethel School District’s website by noon on Monday, May 13, 2024.

A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 1, 2024, at the Bethel School District Administration Office located at 4640 Barger Drive, Eugene, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may join the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee.

Seeking Budget Committee Members

There are currently no open positions on the District’s Budget Committee. 

2024-2025 Budget Calendar

The words Budget Finance surrounded by a calculator and finance documents
JANUARY 8, 2024: Board reviews Draft 2024-2025 Budget Calendar

TBD: Appoint Budget Committee Members

JANUARY 22, 2024: Board adopts 2024-2025 Budget Calendar 

APRIL 1, 2024: All budget materials due from buildings and departments/programs

APRIL 24, 2024: Submit notice to Register Guard

APRIL 28, 2024: Publish first notice of Budget Committee Meeting (5 to 30 days prior to meeting)

MAY 13, 2024: Budget Committee Proposed Budget Document/Budget Message presented to the Budget Committee – District Office, 6:30 p.m.

MAY 15, 2024: Budget Committee Meeting at District Office, 5:30 p.m. Discussion of proposed budgets for Elementary, K-8, Middle School and High School Programs, Administration, Special Services, All Schools, Other Funds and General Fund Revenue

Approval of Budget

 MAY 23, 2024: Alternative date for approval of the budget, District Office, 6:30 p.m.

JUNE 9, 2024: Publication of NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING, FINANCIAL SUMMARY, and FUND SUMMARIES (not more than 25 nor less than 5 days prior)

JUNE 24, 2024: Public Hearing on Budget
– Enact resolutions adopting the budget, making the appropriations, and declaring the tax levy

Click here for PDF version of this calendar.


2024-2025 Budget Committee Members

Budget Committee



POSITION                            SCHOOL BOARD               TERM    

NUMBER                               MEMBERS                            EXPIRES


1                                              Caleb Clark                          2025

2                                              Ashley Espinoza                  2025

3                                              Curt Nordling                       2027

4                                              Drae Charles                        2027

5                                              Paul Jorgensen                    2025

6                                              Robin Zygaitis                      2027

7                                              Debi Farr                               2025


POSITION                            SCHOOL BOARD               TERM    

NUMBER                               MEMBERS                            EXPIRES


1                                              James Manning, Jr.             2024

2                                              Erin Zygaitis                          2024

3                                              Jenna Hawkins                    2025

4                                              T. Erin Basinger                    2026

5                                              Alan Laisure                         2024

6                                              Jennifer Monegan               2025

7                                              Diane Behling                      2026


The budget committee is an advisory group established by statute.  The committee is made up of the governing body of the local government and an equal number of appointed members.  The appointed members must be electors of the local government.  They cannot be employees, officers, or agents of the local government.  They are appointed for staggered, three-year terms.  No member of the budget committee can receive compensation for serving on the committee. 


The budget committee has several purposes.  It conducts public meetings to hear the budget message and review the budget proposed by the Budget Officer.  One of its most important purposes is to listen to comments and questions from interested citizens.  It can revise the proposed budget to reflect changes it wants to make in the local government’s fiscal policy.  It does not have the authority to negotiate employee salaries.  The committee approves the budget, approves the property tax rate, and approves the dollar amount for debt service for the payment of bond principal and interest.


Local budget law requires that the budget committee hold at least one meeting for the purpose of: 

  1. Receiving the budget message and budget document, and
  2. Providing members of the public with an opportunity to ask questions about and comment on the budget.


The District must give prior public notice of the meeting(s) held for these two purposes. A copy of this notice is contained within the appendix of this document.


2024-2025 Budget Committee Packets