City of Portland budget hearings begin. Make your voice heard!



City of Portland budget hearings begin. Make your voice heard!

Submit your comments online or in person at three upcoming meetings.


Last week, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced his 2021-22 proposed budget. Now is the time to make your voice heard.   

Members of the public will have three opportunities to weigh-in. You can read about the full budget process here.  

Wednesday, May 5
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Mayor’s Proposed Budget Hearing 

Thursday, May 13
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Approved Budget Hearing 

Tuesday, June 8
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission Hearing on the Approved Budget 

You may also submit written comments to Portland City Council by filling out the budget comment form or by emailing [email protected].  You can also email your testimony to the Mayor’s Office at [email protected]

SUPPORTING PRIORITIES 

The Portland Business Alliance advocated for budget investments that aligned with the City Council’s agreed upon livability priorities of an economic recovery that includes cleaning, homelessness, and public safety.  We were pleased to see these priorities included in the Mayor’s list of one-time investments. 

We encourage you to support the following one-time budget proposals: 

1. $23.54 million for citywide cleanups, recovery, and equity:  
  • $5.7 million for citywide cleanups, graffiti removal, and supporting a new program to provide cleanup jobs for those experiencing homelessness 
  • ​​​​​​​$700,000 for minority chambers
  • $500,000 for small business repair, in addition to $250,000 already allocated for the 2020-2021 fiscal year 
  • $250,000 for digital inclusion support for small businesses  
  • $531,000 for Venture Portland to support neighborhood business districts
  • $9.5 million to preserve important permitting capacity 
  • $269,000 for the Ankeny food carts 
  • $192,960 for the Portland Film Office to keep Portland competitive for film and video productions 
  • $5.4 million for a community-directed budgeting process led by Reimagine Oregon
  • Almost $500,000 to support the Charter Review Commission

2. $10,950,000 toward Portland’s houselessness crises:  

  • $6.3 million to fully fund the Joint Office of Homelessness Services  
  • ​​​​​​​$250,000 for services for transgender people experiencing homelessness
  • $2.4 million for hygiene stations citywide  
  • $2 million for new shelter development

3. $22,547,000 in targeted Public Safety Investments: 

  • $1.4 million to create Community Safety Transition program  
  • $978,000 to fully fund the Portland Street Response pilot  
  • $4 million, starting in Fiscal Year 2022-23, for new police oversight board  
  • $1.8 million for 22 new community service officers, or Public Safety Support Specialists  
  • $2.4 million to prevent a fire station closure 
  • $294,000 to the Office of Violence Prevention, in addition to the $5.9 million Council previously committed to an immediate gun violence response 
  • $5.3 million in one-time resources to prevent a patrol officer shortage in Fiscal Year 2022- 23  
  • $475,000 to support compliance with the Department of Justice agreement