We are writing at the request of Mayor Charlie Hales, who would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming City Budget Forums. He is particularly interested in hearing your insights into how the FY 2013-14 budget will impact underrepresented communities. In addition, he also asks that if you have ideas of what you like added to the budget, then you also find areas to cut the budget.
The forums will be similar to Council hearings, in which you can sign-up to testify before City Council. The past few forums have been well attended, and so I would encourage you to arrive early if you would like to testify.
Included below are the dates for the upcoming forums, in addition to links to several documents which we believe are helpful for understanding the Proposed Budget.
Lastly, we would encourage you to send written testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any comments or suggestions will then be distributed to the Mayor and the Commissioners.
Please feel free to contact Ryan Kinsella at email@example.com or 503-823-6960.
Thursday, May 16th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
City Hall – Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Saturday, May 18th, 3:00-5:00pm
Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Ave.
Portland, OR 97215
Thursday, May 23rd, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Jackson Middle School
10625 SW 35th Ave.
Portland, OR 97219
The forums will be similar to Council hearings, in which you can sign-up to testify before City Council.
For more information, please see these helpful Links:
Get Involved in the City’s Budget Process
Learn About the City’s Budget Process
FY 2013-14 Budget Documents
Mayor’s Proposed Budget Decisions – Bureau Summaries
City Budget Office Reviews
FY 2013-14 Budget Calendar
Other Budget Documents