PLEASE SHOW UP TO SUPPORT FUNDING TO NEIGHBORHOODS AND ONI
Now you can testify—bring yourself (and a couple of friends!)
The Forums provide you with the opportunity to offer testimony before City Council and express which service priorities are most important to Portland residents for next year’s FY 2013-14 budget which begins July 1, 2013.
ONI, and all city bureaus, were required by Mayor Charlie Hales to submit a 10% cut to each of their budgets. The ONI Budget Advisory Committee (BAC), on which neighborhood and other civic involvement groups are well represented, is proposing ‘add-back’ restoration to those cuts.
Your testimony at these public hearings will indicate to the new Council that there is community support for the restoration of funds for neighborhood and community involvement services.
Wed., March 6th
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization
10301 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97220
Tues., March 12th
George Middle School
10000 N Burr Ave.
Portland, OR 97203
Thurs., April 11th
2701 NW Vaughn Street
Portland, OR 97210
Council hearing for Mayor’s Proposed Budget.
Thurs., May 16th
City Hall – Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
What is at stake? – What is proposed to be cut?
- Reduction or elimination of Neighborhood Small Grants program: The program has funded 536 community building grants over seven years totaling $1,025,554 in resources going out to neighborhood associations and other community-based organizations. Due to cuts in previous years the current year’s funding level is down to $93,855 and designated as a one-time allocation, which may be eliminated completely.
- Significant cuts to newspapers and social media communications: Most of the coalitions would likely scale back or eliminate communication allocations to neighborhood associations; coalition staff who provide support for producing websites, newsletters and other targeted outreach materials; and capacity of District Coalitions to produce coalition-wide newsletters and maintain dynamic websites and events calendars.
- Reduction or elimination in neighborhood outreach staff support: Several of the coalitions would scale back FTE dedicated to assisting neighborhood associations with community projects including neighborhood cleanups, summertime events, outreach and membership building, technical assistance on land use and transportation issues, community forums on hot-topic issues and leadership trainings.
- Elimination of two Crime Prevention positions: ONI would lay off two crime prevention specialists reducing the program’s capacity by 17% to respond to community requests for lower level problem-solving issues, trainings, enhanced property safety efforts, and Neighborhood Watch formations.
Contact information for City Council members:
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 210
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 823-4682
For general questions about the forums or accommodations, contact:
City Budget Office