Portland Mayor Hales Proposes Budget Cuts
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales proposed inaugural budget is full of cuts. Nearly 200 city workers would lose their jobs, programs would be cut, and water rates increased. This comes as the city tries to overcome a shortfall of more than $21 million.
182 positions on the chopping block include 55 members of the police bureau, the mounted patrol, and 42 with the fire department as part of restructuring. Water and sewer rates would increase by nearly 5%.
There are other adjustments across the board to save dollars. No bureau was exempt from cuts.
"People will be laid off. Popular programs will be eliminated. I understand the human cost of these reductions. And we have tried to cut with as little harm as possible," said Hales.
"But this fiscal crisis was also our best chance to build a budget based on Portland’s future and not just a carry-forward of its past.”
There will be three forums in May to hear how the community feels about the cuts before the budget is finalized for the fiscal year starting in July.