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The City of Portland, Oregon

Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

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Mayor's proposed budget violates Charter, Auditor's independence

The budget the Mayor proposed May 7, 2019, violates City Charter and undermines the independence of the Auditor’s Office. The Auditor exercised her Charter authority last August and withdrew her consent to house the City Hearings Office after City Council declined to provide enough resources to ensure it operates effectively for the public. Mayor Wheeler put the Hearings Office back in the Auditor’s Office budget anyway. He swore an oath to uphold the City Charter. City Council must correct this violation before approving the budget on May 20. You can submit written comments to City Council on the budget here.

“City Charter requires the consent of the Auditor before Council can assign duties to the Auditor’s Office,” said City Auditor Mary Hull Caballero. “Council has no such consent, and the Mayor unlawfully put the Hearings Office back into the Auditor’s Office budget. I am calling on all Council members to remove the Hearings Office from my budget before they vote to approve the overall City budget.”

Documents: 

  1. Portland City Charter: Auditor’s duties and required consent https://www.portlandoregon.gov/citycode/28241#cid_643452
  2. Auditor’s 2019 memo withdrawing consent to house Hearings Office
  3. Auditor’s Requested Budget without the Hearings Office https://www.portlandoregon.gov/cbo/article/752691
  4. Auditor’s April 28, 2020 email seeking confirmation before budget announced
  5. City Council’s April 29, 2020 memo seeking reconsideration
  6. Auditor’s May 5, 2020 response to City Council
  7. Auditor’s 2016 memo withdrawing consent to house Hearings Office