TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015 — Mayor Charlie Hales today outlined a proposed budget for the coming year that will focus on basic services, public safety and new resources for Portland’s youth, especially those at risk of being entangled in gang violence.
Building on his prior two budgets, Hales is emphasizing a major new effort to pave and repair city streets, more money for homeless services, affordable housing, and a commitment to dramatically increase healthy after-school activities for kids throughout the community.
The budget is released in the wake of a five-year revenue forecast that provides an estimated $49 million in additional general fund revenue. The City is expecting $484.5 million in discretionary General Funds [PDF] next year and a total annual budget of over $3.5 billion. Details on line items in the proposed budget are on the City Budget Office website.
“In 2013, when we had one of the worst deficits in city history. In 2014, we had a flat economy. And this year, we have surplus,” Mayor Hales said. “That first year, my budget was about back-to-basics. The same was true the second year, and the same is true today. For a third year in a row, my budget reflects Portland’s values: investing in a livable community, investing in safe streets, and investing in our kids.”
The mayor's proposed budget focuses strongly on his message of "taking care of what we have and investing in a better future."
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Comment on the Mayor's Proposed Budget
Upcoming public hearings:
- May 7, 6 to 8:30 p.m., George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave., Portland
- May 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall Chambers, 1221 SW Fourth Ave., Portland
To submit feedback electronically:
- Send written testimony on proposed budgets to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Provide general feedback about the budget on an online form: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/61969.
More from the City Budget Office on how to get involved: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/57268
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