03/20/18

Portland Parks Faces a Potential Budget Reduction, Requests Community Input

Dear Friends and Partners,

When I last updated you in January 2018 on the City of Portland Budget Process, it was to share that we had just submitted the final Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Requested Budget. In accordance with the Mayor’s budget direction, we submitted a proposed budget that identified reductions equaling approximately 5% of our ongoing General Fund Budget (approximately $3.27 million). Our Requested Budget closely mirrored the recommendations of the Parks Budget Advisory Committee (BAC).

City Budget Office Budget Review
After we submitted our Requested Budget, it was reviewed by the City Budget Office (CBO) whose job is to analyze and highlight the key budget and program performance issues that the CBO believes Council should consider during the budget process. Recently, the CBO released their review of our budget. In their Budget Review, the City Budget Office recommended to that Council take 4% of the reductions submitted by PP&R. This would amount to reducing the PP&R budget by $2.1 million. This level of cuts will significantly impact our programs. In addition to the ongoing General Fund reductions, the CBO also recommends an ongoing increase to our major maintenance funds and some one-time funding for campsite cleanups and capital projects.

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01/18/18

Design Commission Hearing on Former 7 Dees Site at SE 62nd and SE Powell

An appeal hearing for the approved Design Review of the self-service storage development proposed for the former 7 Dees site at SE 62nd and Powell (LU 17-144195 DZ) has been scheduled for:

Date:February 1, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. (may last a couple hours)
Location: 1900 SW 4th Ave., 2nd Floor, Rm. 2500B, Portland, OR 97201 (map: https://goo.gl/maps/GadPEFtCZrJ2)
Trimet: Line 9 bus, deboard at SW Hall & 5th

This public hearing is before the Design Commission, which will consider South Tabor Neighborhood Association’s (STNA) appeal based on a specific set of approval criteria.

If you plan to give public comment at the hearing, please read the notes below from STNA Land Use Representative John Carr.
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