Restore Tree Manual to 2009-2010 City of Portland Budget

Sent from Kina Voelz, HAND Land Use Chair:
Please attend the final public budget hearing this Thursday, May 21 from 6 – 8: 30 pm at Mt. Tabor Middle School.
Funding tree policy work will hopefully be included in this fiscal year’s budget, but probably not without your input.
You may also testify online if you cannot attend tomorrow evening:
Please see below as well.
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Help Portland Prioritize Budget Cuts

What is important to you? With every city bureau facing budget cuts, now more than ever, we need to prioritize our needs and express those to our city leaders. We are going to have to make hard decisions but we can do it from a place of respect and understanding.

To create a more meaningful dialogue, members of the community will be asked to choose two focus areas from the following: parks, transportation, utilities, community development and public safety. We, the neighborhood system, are part of the community development area.

There will be many opportunities for citizen participation coming up. Here are a few ways you can have your voice heard.

Attend a Citywide Community Budget Forum
Join City Council, Bureau Directors and your neighbors at one of Portland’s Community Budget Forums and voice your priorities for next year’s City budget. Finances are tight and your input on what programs and services are most important to keep is needed! Saturday, February 21Floyd Light Middle School10800 SE Washington StCommunity Fair and refreshments at 9:30 AM forum from 10 AM – 12 noon

This is one of three forums that are being held around the city. Visit the website for additional dates and locations.
ADA accessible; for accommodations call 503 823-2559, TDD: 503 823-6868.

Comment online If you cannot attend a forum you are encouraged to send your comments, questions or concerns online.

Learn more about the budget The city has developed a presentation for you and your neighbors to understand the budget process and to be able to share that information with others. Please help get the word out and keep your neighbors and friends informed! Click here to view the presentation.

Become a partner In addition to the three citywide community budget forums traditionally hosted by the City of Portland, this year, neighborhood/business/community organizations have the opportunity to partner with the City to host their own budget forum.

Selection criteria will be based on the organizations’ ability to recruit and bring people to the event, the organizations’ capacity to organize and co-sponsor the event, and the City’s ability to address your selected budget topics. To learn more about the program and to apply visit the city’s website.

Take Survey: How would you cut Portland’s Transportation Budget?

From Portland Bureau of Transportation:
If you had to cut $6.4 million from the City’s Transportation budget, how would you prioritize programs? Please take our survey – respond by January 2, 2009.

Click below for survey:
Bureau of Transportation Budget Prioritization Survey

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has been going through a budget prioritization process since mid-summer as a result of sagging gas tax revenue and lower parking revenues.

In order to bring expenditures in line with the reduced revenue, a prioritization of all discretionary funded activities has been done. This prioritization has been done on the basis of criteria which assess the significance of the activity to the core mission and objectives of the organization.

A Budget Advisory Committee made up of members from the community and organized labor was selected in September and charged with reviewing the process. Additionally they’ve been tasked with helping Transportation identify the cuts necessary to cover the $6.4 million shortfall for FY 09/10 budget.

Twenty-five program listings were broken out into priority order. If you had to cut $6.4 million out of Transportation’s budget, how would you prioritize the following programs? Please respond by January 2, 2009.

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