City approves increased spending



City approves increased spending

The city of Portland voted on a package of budget modifications on Nov. 8. Included on the package that received city council support was a Portland Police Bureau request for additional funds to recruit and hire 80 new officers in an effort to respond to a wave of expected retirements within the bureau and to aid in the reestablishment of a community policing model.
The city of Portland voted on a package of budget modifications on Nov. 8. Included on the package that received city council support was a Portland Police Bureau request for additional funds to recruit and hire 80 new officers in an effort to respond to a wave of expected retirements within the bureau and to aid in the reestablishment of a community policing model. Also included was funding for an Old Town/Chinatown Community Liaison position, which had been approved by council as part of a 5-Year Plan for Old Town/Chinatown but was not completely funded. The Alliance supported both of these budget requests. Lastly, Portland City Council approved funding for the Bureau of Development Service’s to hire 30 new employees, including new positions to build out a communications team. The Alliance support for the new positions was contingent on improvements to the permitting process. The Alliance will continue to monitor progress in permitting speed and efficiency, as well as the effectiveness of the newly approved positions. Read our letter.